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The YNOE PWT helps to promote and enhance the needs of 4-H Natural Resources programming by connecting staff working in this area to each other, to curriculum, to resources, and to campus faculty and collaborative research efforts that can be applied to everyday environmental education programs. YNOE conducts several web meetings and in-person Professional Development meetings each year to help identify issues and youth and family program opportunities, project/resource sharing sessions, and events.  Below are a few of the items that the YNOE PWT is involved with, as well as contacts - should you have questions.  Hope to hear from you soon!

Co-Chair(s)Teresa AdellErica Clark, and Keith Tidball

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National 4-H Council worked with The Harris Poll to better understand how teens feel about the environment. They surveyed a diverse group of 1,500 teens from 13-19 years old from across the country, exploring their concerns about — and commitment to — protecting the environment.

Learn more here.



Insects & Critters of NYS 4-H - Virtual Series

Collecting Pollen from Flower

6:30 pm on February 28th, March 6th, March 13th, & March 20th


Each 45 minute long session will be jam-packed with educational fun. This series will unravel the mysteries of insects, with experts from Cornell University, Albany Pine Bush Preserve & 4-H educators presenting this program.  

This education adventure is coordinated by Cornell University Youth Nature and Outdoor Environment Program Work Team.  There is no cost to participate and any enrolled Cloverbud, 4-H member, club leader, volunteer or any youth that wants to learn about insects may join.  

For additional information, please contact Erica Clark.

Educational Resources


Nature + outdoor education kits | fishing, ice fishing, forestry, wildlife, and wild edible kits (these may be reserved by Cornell Cooperative Extension staff)

Suggested Curricula

Deep Dive into NYS Fisheries - Videos

4-H Fly By - Videos

Forestry Educational Resources

Week 1 – Welcome & Tree Identification
Week 2 – Map & Compass
Week 3 – Tree Measurements
Week 4 – Forest Ecology
Week 5 – Invasive Species & Tree Diseases


Mammals All Around Us - Videos


NYS Mammals Tracking Card (developed by PWT) - Link to Print


Outdoor Cooking - Link to Print


Pond and Stream Safari: Activity Packet - Link to Order


Sport Fishing - Link to Print


Know Your Trees - Link to Order | Link to Print


Trees Dead or Alive - Link to Order | Link to Print


Water Worlds: Activity Packet - Link to Order


Wild Harvest Table - Website


Wildlife Notebook - Link to Order | Link to Print


Wild Edibles (requires training in advance) - Link to Print


Cornell DNRE Store

Professional Development

Cornell Civic Ecology Lab offers non-credit Online Courses to students around the world. Topics like Environmental Education, Nature Education and Civic Ecology are offered at different times throughout the year by Cornell faculty and students.

Links to Relevant Sites

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