As Extension professionals, we need to evaluate programs to know that what we're doing is making a positive and productive impact. This article summarizes how student focus groups validated perceived program strength for 4-H Wildlife Stewards (4-H WS). 4-H WS promotes science learning and environmental stewardship among youth. Sustainable wildlife habitat sites are created on school grounds through a partnership of 4-H, trained volunteers, and school staff. To evaluate the effectiveness of the program, students at six participating schools were interviewed. They reported improved attitudes and increased knowledge of science as a result of having schoolyard habitats.
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Galloway, R., Peterson, K., & Dalton, M. (2006). Student Focus Groups Reveal Impacts of 4-H Program. The Journal of Extension, 44(4), Article 25. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol44/iss4/25