Outdoor Education

  • Youth recreating outdoors

A Journey of Learning and Self-discovery through the Great Outdoors

Love spending time outdoors? Along the 4-H outdoor education pathway youth will engage in physical activity, develop problem-solving and communication skills, and build a sense of community and a connection to nature.

The 4-H Outdoor pathway is great for youth and volunteers who enjoy spending time outside, but it can also be a steppingstone for those wanting to start their journey in outdoor fun. Take these experiences where you want: start at home with nature photography, join a winter hiking club, step up to a physical challenge with our 4-H indoor climbing events, and when you’re ready for a bigger challenge attend a week at Barry Conservation Camp.

Where can this pathway lead you?

Spending time outdoors makes youth happier, healthier, smarter, and better stewards of the environment. Get involved in the 4-H Outdoor pathway and blaze your own trail:

  • Improve physical and mental fitness
  • Bond and connect as a family
  • Develop a personal connection to nature and learn to care for the environment
  • Socialize and make new friends
  • Explore outdoor careers and connect with NH Fish & Game, Barry Camp, White Mountain National Forest, and UNH Outdoor Recreation Departments

Statewide Events

Shooting Sports Leader Training

The New Hampshire 4-H Shooting Sports Program hosts workshops in Dunbarton and Berlin, NH to certify volunteer leaders in archery, pistol, rifle, or shotgun.

Barry Conservation Camp

Barry Conservation Camp (BCC) in Berlin, NH is held annually, June-August of each summer and is a great program for kids who love the outdoors, enjoy hands-on learning in an overnight camp environment. Each week has a theme, but also includes a generous complement of traditional camp activities such as swimming, hiking, campfire, canoeing, skits, fishing, and more.

National Events

National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living

The National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living is a pioneer in the National Youth Summit Series, bringing together teen health leaders from across the country to focus on learning about and solving healthy living issues impacting our homes, our community and our economy. Designed for grades 9 through 12, the Summit provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to address today’s issues facing nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness and emotional well-being.

Upcoming Events

  • June 27, 2024
    4-H Star Party Training 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Calling all sky watchers and star gazers! Do you have an interest in learning about the mysteries of the night sky and sharing that knowledge with

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