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Alabama 4-H Center Environmental Field School Extension of Alabama’s Classrooms. Emily B. Kling, Ed.D. Extension Specialist, 4-H Natural Resources Alabama Cooperative Extension System. To understand the philosophy of the Environmental Field Studies program, one must understand 4-H. 4-H is:

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alabama 4 h center environmental field school extension of alabama s classrooms

Alabama 4-H CenterEnvironmental Field SchoolExtension of Alabama’s Classrooms

Emily B. Kling, Ed.D.

Extension Specialist,

4-H Natural Resources

Alabama Cooperative Extension System

slide2

To understand the philosophy of the Environmental

Field Studies program, one must understand 4-H.

slide3

4-H is:

  • Youth education program of
  • Cooperative Extension System
  • Living learning laboratory for “hands
  • on” projects and activities
  • More education than
  • competition
  • Youth development
slide4

4-H teaches youth ages 9-19 how to learn,develop life skills, and explore interests that may lead to career(s) or lifetime activities

slide5

4-H Provides These Life Skills

  • Experiences:
  • Problem Solving/
  • Decision Making
  • Communicating
  • Leading/Serving
  • Managing Self
slide6

4-H has an ongoing tradition of applied, hands-on/minds-on experiences that develop the heads, hearts, hands and health of Alabama youth.

slide7

4-H teaches youth to:

  • Think with their heads
  • Have character in their hearts
  • Do service with their hands
  • Livehealthily
slide8

Behind every 4-H activity, opportunity, and program and behind every 4-H educator lies an extensive body of knowledge, scholarship and research.

slide9

Eight program areas:

  • Natural Resources and Environmental
  • Education (NREE)
  • Plant and Animal Sciences
  • Science and Technology
  • Military 4-H Youth Development Programs
  • 4-H After School Programs
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Citizenship, Leadership, and
  • Communications
slide10

4-H NREE teaches youth to

consider all aspects of an

environmental issue, sift

through the emotionalism,

and make an informed

decision.

slide11

4-H NREE teaches “how

to think, not what to think.”

slide12

The 4-H Center Environmental

Field Studies program is the

“outdoor classroom” part of the

4-H NREE Program.

slide13

Its programs are designed

to complement classroom

experiences and are correlated

to the Alabama Course of

Study.

slide14

4-H Center naturalists love

to work with young people—

learning, growing, creating

fun, and making friends.

how people learn retention rate
How People Learn Retention Rate

Read……………..………...20%

Hear…………..…………...20%

See……………..………….30%

Hear and See………..……..50%

Say………………..……….70%

Do………………..………..90%

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Experiential Learning Model

EXPERIENCE

the activity;

perform, do it

APPLY

what was learned to a similar or different situation; practice

SHARE

the results, reactions, and observations publicly

DO

APPLY

REFLECT

PROCESS by discussing, looking at the experience; analyze, reflect

GENERALIZEto connect the experience to real-world examples

slide19

Teachable Moments

    • Set your “trap”
  • Allow youth to do the activity
    • It’s OK to make mistakes
  • Always debrief
    • Reflect & Apply!

TM

D

slide20

What sets the 4-H Center’s Environmental Field Studies program

apart from the other EE programs in the state?

slide21

Great facilities

  • Enthusiastic & well-trained staff
  • Resources & faculty from Auburn
  • University
  • Replica of 1850s-era Pioneer Village
  • The only LEED certified GREEN
  • classroom building in Alabama
  • Groundbreaking will be in 2006.