Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist and help improve the local environment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2014
time they recite the 4-H pledge, 4-H members promise to use their "hands to
larger service." Now, Illinois 4-H members are taking that pledge to a new
level as they use science to improve the communities in which they live.
financial support from Archer Daniels Midland, the 4-H Citizen Scientist
program provides junior and senior high youth opportunities to extend learning
beyond current 4-H project work into the world of hands-on research. As a
citizen scientist, 4-H members observe and record information from an
environmental area close to their home. The members will collect data from
samples taken at their site and contribute their data to the growing field of
scientific research related to water quality.
program is open to current 4-H members and volunteers, as we well as youth and
adults who aren't current members but wish to learn how to improve their local
environment. All participants will receive specialized training at no cost and
receive materials toward the project.
next Citizen Scientist training closest to area residents will be held
<use whichever site information is closest to your location>
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at University of St. Francis in
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Lewis and Clark Community
College in Godfrey.
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at John A. Logan Community
College in Carterville.
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at Benedictine University in
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at John Wood Community College in
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Lake of the Woods Forest
Preserve in Mahomet.
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Sugar Grove Nature Center in
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at The Nature Institute in Godfrey.
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at Black Hawk College in Moline.
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at University of St. Francis in
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at Sommer Park in Edwards.
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
May 17 at College of Lake County in Grayslake.
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at
Severson Dells Nature Center in Rockford.
register, one may contact your local Extension office at XXX-XXX-XXXX.
members and adult volunteers will be trained in this stream-monitoring program
and, in turn, help monitor water quality of Illinois wadeable streams. Each 4-H
Citizen Scientist team will be assigned a stream site in their community to
monitor over the course of the summer.
successful completion of the Illinois RiverWatch training, each 4-H Citizen
Scientist team will receive a 4-H Citizen Scientist Took Kit. The kit will
contain supplies needed to conduct the monitoring over the summer. 4-H Citizen
Scientists will be contributing new knowledge to the field of water quality
monitoring here in Illinois.
interested in environmental issues might find 4-H Citizen Scientist to their
liking," said University of Illinois 4-H Youth Development Specialist Bill
Million, "especially if they like working with youth on relevant environmental
this program offers certified Master Naturalists' an opportunity to work
alongside and guide 4-H members as they study the world around them," Million
said. Master Naturalists are encouraged
to contact their local Extension Office to see how they can become
Source: William J. Million, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, firstname.lastname@example.org