COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri 4-H Foundation has launched a $1.3 million campaign to establish the Missouri 4-H Environmental and Natural Resources Endowment Fund. This fund will provide a permanent base of support for a state 4-H youth specialist position to implement and manage the Missouri 4-H Outdoor Education program.
Annually, more than 12,000 4-H members have the opportunity to learn about the outdoors through the 4-H Outdoor Education program, which teaches skills and safety related to shooting sports and natural resource activities, and is utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development.
The goal is to secure permanent support for the Outdoor Education program to ensure it remains among the top programs in the country. To help meet this goal, the Missouri 4-H Foundation has designated $100,000 to initiate the establishment of the endowment fund.
“We have always recognized the program as a mechanism not only to teach skills and safety, but also as a tremendous vehicle for positive youth development,” said Dale Ludwig, Missouri 4-H Foundation trustee. “The discipline inherent in the Outdoor Education program translates to significant life skills for its 4-H members, and that’s our mission.”
The nationally recognized Missouri 4-H Outdoor Education program is among the largest natural resource and shooting education programs in the country. To learn more about how you can support the endowment fund, contact Cheryl Reams, executive director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation, at 800-642-8041.
About the Missouri 4-H Foundation
For more than 65 years, the Missouri 4-H Foundation has been the resource development partner of the MU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, providing program funds, community service grants, higher education scholarships and volunteer recognition. MU Extension 4-H is a community of nearly 270,000 youths from across Missouri learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.