Canoeing is a statewide 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Canoeing.

What you can do in this project: learn how and where to canoe safely; select and care for equipment; explore aquatic environments; plan a canoe camping trip; canoe a river.
Grades: 3-12
Resource: 4H447, Canoeing


Want to learn more about Canoeing? Try the links below.

Adventure Trips
Let’s go on an adventure! The best way to learn about the environment is to experience it! Staff at the Upham Woods 4-H Environmental Education Center offer canoeing activities and camps.

Canoeing Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including canoeing. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Canoeing Project. Just follow these links!

GORP: Great Outdoor Recreation Page – Paddling
Site offers scenic water pages, paddling skills information, paddling photos from around the world, and information on paddling gear.

Go Wild With Wisconsin Wildcards
An activity kit from the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources that includes more than 250 “trading cards,” featuring some of Wisconsin’s plants, wildlife and special places. Great resource for helping Wisconsinites (of all ages) get to know their state and its natural resource issues.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism
Site to search for things to do in Wisconsin, including canoeing and other adventures. You can also find state weather or road conditions, a particular tourism organization or state agency at this site.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Canoeing Project, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.