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4-H Youth Wetlands Program: Training future leaders to save America's Treasure

The 4-H Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program is a statewide LSU AgCenter program sponsored by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). The program is designed to heighten students’ awareness of Louisiana’s wetland loss through an organized educational program of outreach, empowerment and advocacy.

Program materials – including structured lesson plans, materials used to teach lessons and step-by-step procedures to activities – are provided at no cost to participating educators. These lessons are implemented throughout the academic year with the program culminating during an intensive week dedicated to wetland learning known as Youth Wetlands Week (YWW). The program curriculum is endorsed by the Louisiana Science Teachers Association, and lessons are designed to follow Louisiana’s Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and the Common Core State Standards. Pre- and post-tests are completed by participating students, and the results reflect increased knowledge of main science concepts.

During the summer, students are encouraged to attend three summer camps that use the program curriculum and provide wetland-related, hands-on learning activities: 4-H Camp Grant Walker, Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology (LOST) Camp, and Marsh Maneuvers.

Opportunities to participate in wetland service projects are available to students throughout the year in various locations across the state. Students have helped with vegetative plantings and invasive species removals, constructed and installed wood duck boxes, and assisted in trash bashes/beach sweeps.

If you have additional questions about the 4-H YWP, please contact Ashley Mullens (YW Program Manager).

2014 Student Poetry Contest

We are happy to announce the 4-H YWP and CPRA 2014 student poetry contest!
The contest is open to students in grades 3-12.  Winners will receive a cash prize and have their work featured in the next CPRA annual plan!  For more information and to download an entry form visit:


Deadline for all entries to be received is April 7, 2014


The 4-H Youth Wetlands Program is a partnership between the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA).

Additional Partners of the 4-H Youth Wetlands Program include:

Curriculum Providers:

  • LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development Department
  • Louisiana State University Laboratory School
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Last Updated: 3/14/2014 8:25:52 AM