Middletown, NY, United States
On Tuesday, April 22nd the Orange County 4-H Program celebrated Earth Day by starting the new group called the Jr. Nature Explorers. This group will meet weekly for 6 weeks to learn more about habitats and citizen science. The group was opened to youth enrolled in Orange County 4-H between the ages of 8-12 years old. The 4-H staff is using the Nature Detectives Kit from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help structure the program.
At the kick off meeting the youth got to know each other through several name games and team work activities. Then they did lesson 1 of the curriculum entitled “What’s That Habitat.” In the lesson the youth completed a habitat scavenger hunt, an animal/ habitat sort challenge and designed the best habitat for various mammals found in North America.
The group will meet for 5 more meetings and work through the remaining lessons in the curriculum and will end the program by going on a guided nature hike at Minnewaska State Park in New Paltz, NY.