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  1. 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

  2. To understand the philosophy of the Environmental Field Studies program, one must understand 4-H.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 4-H Provides These Life Skills • Experiences: • Problem Solving/ • Decision Making • Communicating • Leading/Serving • Managing Self

  6. 4-H has an ongoing tradition of applied, hands-on/minds-on experiences that develop the heads, hearts, hands and health of Alabama youth.

  7. 4-H teaches youth to: • Think with their heads • Have character in their hearts • Do service with their hands • Livehealthily

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

  9. 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

  10. 4-H NREE teaches youth to consider all aspects of an environmental issue, sift through the emotionalism, and make an informed decision.

  11. 4-H NREE teaches “how to think, not what to think.”

  12. The 4-H Center Environmental Field Studies program is the “outdoor classroom” part of the 4-H NREE Program.

  13. Its programs are designed to complement classroom experiences and are correlated to the Alabama Course of Study.

  14. 4-H Center naturalists love to work with young people— learning, growing, creating fun, and making friends.

  15. But there’s a lot more to the Environmental Field Studies experience than having fun…

  16. Each lesson is based on science and is designed to be “hands on.”

  17. How People Learn Retention Rate Read……………..………...20% Hear…………..…………...20% See……………..………….30% Hear and See………..……..50% Say………………..……….70% Do………………..………..90%

  18. 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

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

  20. What sets the 4-H Center’s Environmental Field Studies program apart from the other EE programs in the state?

  21. 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.