Projects due Tuesday, July 16th
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
State Fair Exhibits:
Each county may send one exhibit for each level – a total of six exhibits.
1. Comply with all the requirements listed at the beginning of this "4-H Exhibit Hall Project" section, the "Putnam County 4-H Fair Rules" section, and "Indiana and Putnam County 4-H Policy/Terms" section.
2. Youth in grades 4 and up may present what they learned on a poster or in a notebook. A pocket folder or three-ring binder may be used.
3. Member must choose a different activity each year except for the Level D wildlife management plan, which may be expanded upon in subsequent years.
4. Choose one of the topics listed below, appropriate for your grade in school, and use that topic for your exhibit title, so the judges know which activity you completed. You can also use a creative subtitle if you wish.
Grade 3 – Manual 4-H 903a
Section 5 activity – Color the poster provided and 12 featured species. (4-H 903a) Cut out the animal pictures and put them
on the poster in the habitat where you could expect to find them. Each animal should have a label identifying the animal and the habitat where it may be found.
Grade 4 – Manual 4-H 903
Present what you learned on a poster or in a notebook from one of the following sections:
Section 7: How We Grow – Show how six of the 12 featured species grow by listing the name of the young and a picture of the adult animal (as in your manual). You may draw your pictures, copy the pages in your manual, ask at your Extension office for the animal pictures that come with the poster for 3rd graders (4-H 903a), or find pictures in a magazine, on the Internet, or from some other source.
Section 8: Food Chains – Show the six food chains from the activity in your book and identify what foods each animal eats. Put the animals in correct "food chain" order. Use pictures from any source available to you: copy your manual, magazines, drawing, on the Internet, or from some other source.
Section 9 - 11: Bird Observations – Show your feeder or birdbath (draw or photo), tell where it is located, and include a two- week tally sheet showing bird activity. If you observed a bird feeder, describe the types of food you used.
Grades 5 & 6 – Manual 4-H 904
Present the information on a poster or in a notebook, from one of the following sections:
Section 1: Habitats – Show good habitat and poor habitat for three of the 12 common Indiana wildlife species. You can use a photograph, make your own drawing, etc.
Section 8: The Food Web – Present a food web using pictures you find in magazines or that you draw. Label the producers, consumers, decomposers, etc. Use wildlife found in Indiana.
Section 9 – 12: Animal Adaptations – Show physical adaptations of three to five animals and list the purpose that the adaptation serves. For example, cracker beak for eating seeds: long legs for wading, heavy coat to withstand cold temperatures, etc. You may use your own drawings, pictures, from magazines or other sources, or copy the drawings from your manual. Use wildlife found in Indiana.
Grades 7 – 9 – Manual 4-H 905
Present the information from one of the following sections on a poster or in a notebook. Use wildlife found in the United States.
Section 2: Signs of Wildlife - Activity 1-Show signs of wildlife activity by collecting animal tracks. You may exhibit your actual tracks or pictures of your tracks.
Section 3: Habitat, Activity 1 – Show how the four wildlife habitat requirements are provided to a wild animal on an aerial photo or topographic map of an Indiana landscape (from the internet, Soil and Water Conservation Office, county engineer, or soil survey).
Section 3: Layering, Activity 4 – Show a horizontal layering scene for a wildlife setting. Explain how layering is used by wildlife in nature. You may sketch the pictures, take a photograph, find and label pictures from a magazine, etc. It is suggested that you use one ecosystem in your exhibit.
Section 4: Wildlife by Numbers - Present one or more of the concepts from this section) carrying capacity and population dynamics and reproduction and critical life stages) to show fairgoers how animal population rates are affected.
Section 5: Who Manages Indiana Wildlife – choose one of the following:
Act. 1 – Design a new Indiana environmental license plate using native Indiana wildlife. Explain why you chose your design and give information about what the environmental license plate program is all about.
Act. 4 – Write a management plan for one of the species listed in this activity. Be sure to address all the items in this activity.
Note: this work must be presented in a notebook, not on a poster.
Section 6: Careers – Profile a person who works with and for native Indiana wildlife (examples include but are not limited to,
IDNR, fish and wildlife, forestry, conservation officers, biologists, volunteers and etc.) Use the topics listed in the activity.
Grades 10 & up – Level D manual 4-H 906
Present the information from one of the following sections on a poster or in a notebook:
Section 1 Wildlife Management, Act. 1 – Write a wildlife management plan. Include all the information requested in this section. You may present this topic multiple years if you include the following items:
a. Evaluate your first year's plan (what worked and
b. Expand on your plan by adding land and/or species
to be managed.
Section 1: Wildlife Management, Act. 2 – Outdoor lab – Present the development or improvement you did for an outdoor lab.
Section 2 : Careers, Activities 1 and 3 – 5 –Learn what a career in wildlife is like by completing Activities 3-5 (job search, interview, & job shadowing). Present what you did and learned on a poster or in a notebook.
Section 3: Current Wildlife Topics, Act. 1-5 – Choose one of these activities listed in the manual and present what you did and learned. 4-H’er may only do this section one year.
Exhibit one or the other:
1. Advanced topic – Learn all you can about a wildlife topic of your choice and present it on a poster. Include a short manuscript, pictures, graphs, and list the references you used to describe what you did and what you learned. Title your poster, "Advanced Wildlife Independent Study ".
2. Mentoring – Exhibit a poster that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning, the time you spend, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and otherdocumentation are encouraged. Title your poster Advanced Wildlife- Mentor"
Level A (click here)
Level B (click here)
Level C (click here)
Level D (click here)
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