Adventure Education & Challenge

Program Contact: Tanya Barnett, 4-H Youth Coordinator
(360) 379.5610 x 208 • tanya.barnett@wsu.edu


4-H Adventure Education & Challenge Programs

4-H Adventure Education & Challenge Programs foster team development, leadership and personal growth within a caring, group setting. Using a series of fun and engaging outdoor learning activities, participants strengthen relationships, improve communication, and develop their leadership skills and abilities.  Our programs help youth to grow into capable, caring, and contributing citizens through research-based experiential-learning models (please see the “Do-Reflect-Apply” model below).

“Challenge By Choice”: Participants are encouraged to take risks in Challenge programs, such as trying a new behavior or an unfamiliar activity. With the support of the group, these perceived challenges can be successfully overcome. However, it is ultimately the participant who decides their level of involvement. Portable Challenge Experience is designed for groups and teams to build communication, trust and social/emotional learning skills in a classroom or outdoor setting. The activities range from 1-4 hours long, sometimes through multiple sessions.

For more information about WSU 4-H’s Adventure Education programs and resources, please click this link http://extension.wsu.edu/4h/youth/4-h-adventure-education/.


4-H Adventure & Challenge
Partnerships and Programs in Jefferson County

  • Gibbs Lake Low-Ropes Challenge Course: Beautiful, forested 9-element course in Chimacum, WA with Certified 4-H Challenge Course Facilitator for groups ages 10-and-up.  LOW COST.  Contact Tanya: tanya.barnett@wsu.edu
  • Community Boat Project in Port Hadlock: Every Thursday afternoon, youth grades 7-and-up join with Certified 4-H volunteers to learn woodworking, boat-building, sail making, and so much more. FREE.  Contact Wayne: force10sails@hotmail.com
  • Community Boat Project in Quilcene: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school youth learn environmental science, boat-building, navigation, and life-long skills alongside 4-H Staff and Certified volunteers.  FREE.  Contact Tanya: tanya.barnett@wsu.edu
  • Puget Sound Voyaging: Students gain navigation, “sailor scientist,” and other lifelong skills alongside Certified 4-H volunteers; 2, separate programs – (1) during the school year, every Friday afternoon in Port Hadlock and (2) summer voyaging adventures.  FREE.  Contact Nahja: Nahja_Chimenti@hotmail.com
  • CedarRoot Folk School: Wilderness awareness programs for youth.  “Our focus is on hand to hand instruction to all ages and backgrounds, hoping to deepen an understanding of the natural world, and bring these skills of sufficiency into our modern life.”  Contact Scott: cedarrootschool@gmail.com
  • Windward School: Experiential learning for children ages 5-12. “Our goal is to connect the classroom to the outside world and encourage collaboration, communication, research, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity.”  Contact Danell: danell@nwdiscoverylab.org