Wildlife Youth Education
As America becomes less rural, children grow up with fewer chances to experience the wonder of the natural world. The MSU Extension Service offers a variety of experiences, workshops, camps, 4-H projects, and curricula designed to introduce young people to wildlife, conservation, environmental science, outdoor recreation, and scientific inquiry.
Along with partners from several state and federal agencies, Extension hosts annual summer camps to allow young to explore and learn more about wildlife and natural science; teacher workshops; homeschool science events; Scout badge workshops; in-school programming like Youth Environmental Science, wildlife classroom enrichment guest presentations and Eko-Kids curriculum; BioBlitz discovery events; and 4-H projects about wildlife and wildlife habitat.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- With the busy schedules many of us keep, it is hard to make time to spend outdoors with our kids, but this is a vital part of their development.
A news article recently caught my eye with a report I found appalling. On average, prisoners spend more time outside than our youth do. To me, this is incredibly sad. Most of our schools are not doing much to help young explorers thrive.
Our children spend over 90 percent of their time indoors and more than 50 hours a week on electronic devices. Society needs to wake up before it is too late.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University will host four conservation camps in June to promote interest in careers and activities in the outdoors.
The camps are offered by the MSU Extension Service and the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- As the leaves begin to change colors, Mississippi State University experts have several suggestions for getting children more involved in outdoor activities.
Leslie Burger, assistant Extension professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, said kids copy the actions of their parents. If parents want their children to go outside this fall season, they must lead the way and become active and connected with nature themselves.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Wildlife groups are partnering to promote hunting and firearm safety among Mississippi youths through squirrel hunts at seven sites across the state next month.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service will join the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to host the hunts on Feb. 7.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Exploring the wonders of nature does not have to be time-consuming, expensive or complicated.
June is National Great Outdoors Month and is an ideal time to encourage kids to explore the world around them, said Marina Denny, a research associate with the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture.