The 4-H Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program (4-H YWP) 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 and supplies used to teach lessons – are provided at no cost to participating educators. These lessons are implemented throughout the academic year with the program culminating during our promotional week, known as Youth Wetlands Week (YWW). The program curriculum is endorsed by the Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA) and the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC,) 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.
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: