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4-H OWLS Program

Updated September 26, 2023

Katherine Jaeger

SDSU Extension Youth Outdoor Education Field Specialist

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The 4-H OWLS program aims to provide youth opportunities to strengthen their outdoor, wilderness, and life skills. Through monthly webinars, quarterly campouts, and a final capstone experience, participants are exposed to a wide range of outdoor and natural resource-based skills and topics. Since 2021, participants have learned about fishing, trapping, camping, outdoor cooking, orienteering, water resources, macroinvertebrates, backpacking, and more.

As an OWLS participant, youth are expected to:

  • Attend a monthly webinar on a natural resource topic 
  • Participate in at least 2 of the 3 campouts
  • Join in the summer capstone adventure to test their newfound skills

OWLS is open to registered 4-H members ages 14-18. Applications go live in July each year and the new cohort is announced the first week of September. For more information, please contact Katherine Jaeger, SDSU Extension Youth Outdoor Education Field Specialist. 

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