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Animal Science

Program Contact: Yakima County 4-H Program Coordinator
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At left, a cat, a puppy, and a rabbit. At right, a guinnea pig, squirrel, crow, and fish bowl with two fish in it. Center, the title "Animal Science"

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Ask Dr. Universe – Washington State University

Dr. Wendy Sue Universe is a very smart cat who investigates tough questions from curious elementary and middle school students. Based out of Washington State University, Dr. Universe teams up with professors, researchers, and experts in the field to tackle big questions like: What is fire? Why does soda fizz? Why is the ocean salty? Why is liquid nitrogen so cold?

4-H Nature Connections:  Catch Me If You Can – Michigan State University Extension

A predator is an organism that catches and eats other animals. Prey is the animal the predator feeds upon. Hundreds of different predator-prey relationships occur in nature. Some examples of predator-prey relationships are bat and moth, fox and rabbit, and bear and salmon. Although many predators exist in the natural world, there are more prey animals than predators in a balanced ecosystem.

Science Activities and Experiments – Learning Library

This site contains science activities for multiple fields, including hands-on activities, worksheets, and more.  In the left panel, it can be sorted by physical science, life science, earth & space science, and engineering & science practices, as well as by topic, age group, and state education standards.

Washington Specific Reference Material

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From Higher Education Institutions

How to Take Care of Your Pets – Iowa State University Extension (video playlist)

Some pet care basics that include tooth brushing, saving teeth, and caring for small mammals.

From Related Organizations, Journals, and Professionals


Introduction to Biology:  Crash Course Biology #1 (video)

Biology is the study of life—a four-letter word that connects you to 4 billion years worth of family tree. The word “life” can be tricky to define, but a shared set of characteristics helps biologists identify living things. In this episode of Crash Course Biology, you’ll learn how all of life is connected, and why studying biology can help us better understand ourselves and our relationship to all living things.

The full Crash Course Biology playlist can be found here.

Crash Course Zoology

In 14 episodes, Dr. Rae Wynn Grant teaches you zoology! By the end of this series, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the main branches of animal life, and the traits that unite/define them
  • Analyze representations of evolutionary relatedness
  • Explain the types of evidence used to discover the evolutionary relationships between animals
  • Hypothesize about the selective pressures that may have led to evolution of an animal’s traits and behaviors
  • Describe modern-day careers in zoology


Kits, Projects, and Activities from National 4-H

National 4-H Animal Science Curriculum Collection

National 4-H Natural Resources and Environmental Education Curriculum Collection

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