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The Alabama 4-H outdoor education curriculum grid provides a snapshot of what we teach. Please note, not all programs are available in every county.

Growing Alabama’s Future: Alabama 4-H seeks to empower youth with the skills to lead our communities, our state, our nation, and our world. Alabama 4-H will reflect the population demographics, vulnerable populations, diverse needs, and social conditions of the state.

Grid Key

Delivery Modes: CL=Clubs, IS=In School, E=Enrichment, I=Independent, CP=Camping

4-H Curriculum–Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education Events: State 4-H Air Rifle, BB Gun and Air Pistol Championship, State 4-H Archery Championship, State 4-H Shotgun Championship, 4-H Invitational at Buckmasters Expo, and Senior Achievement: Natural Resources

Alabama 4-H Supported Curriculum/ResourcesProgram DesciptionSuggested Ages
4-H S.A.F.E.
Air Rifle and BBTeaches youth critical knowledge and awareness of firearms handling practices and teamwork, so that everyone learns, participates, and has fun in a safe setting. Rifle program includes, BB, Air Rifle, and Small-bore Rifle (.22 rimfire only). (CL)9–18
ArcheryTeaches youth hand-eye coordination, consistency and the need for practice to become proficient. Basic knowledge and awareness of common safety considerations are necessary for safe, responsible and fun participation in archery programs. (CL, IS, E, CP)9–18
Hunting SkillsHunting skills combine traditional target shooting with decision making and hunting scenarios, wildlife identification and management, and outdoor skills such as map and compass reading or a variety of other useful skills ranging from first aid to post-harvest food safety. (CL)9–18
ShotgunShotgun involves placing a cloud of shot where a target will be when the shot reaches that location. Youth are matched to equipment that is best for them, to reduce recoil and improve their performance. Safety is a main lesson throughout. (CL)9–18
Western HeritageProgram includes the Rifle, Shotgun, and Pistol disciplines. In addition to progressive shooting in Old West attire, youth learn about the arts, crafts, survival skills, and safety measures that Americans practiced as our young nation grew Westward. (CL)9–18
Outdoor Education
RiverKids ProgramTeaches youth basic paddling skills, water safety, and aquatic resources. (CL, E, CP)9–18
Sportfishing ProgramTeaches youth basic and advanced angling skills, responsible fishing behavior, and about fish habitat and biology. Modules include Fishing 101, Fish Ecology, and Fishing Ethics. (CL, IS, E, CP)9–18

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