Welcome to the 4-H Forest Ecology Contest Website!

EEach year, 4-H youth from across the state test their knowledge of Florida's forests. Because of the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, we are planning to hold the 2021 contest online. Juniors and Intermediates will compete in the following five stations: Tree identification, Forest Health, Forest Ecosystems, Wildlife Identification, and Map Symbols. Seniors will compete in these five stations: Tree identification, Forest Health, Map symbols, Forest Management and Quiz Bowl. We will not be covering Plant identification, Tree Height, or Compass skills.

Details on when, where, and how the youth will complete the online quiz can be found below. Please register for the contest through the state system. For more information, please contact Martha Monroe at mcmonroe@ufl.edu.

2021 4-H Forest Ecology Study Sessions

Join us for Zoom study sessions to ask your tree identification and forest health questions! This is your chance to ask about the contest and pose your questions about how to tell sycamore from sweetgum leaves… or an Ips beetle from a southern pine beetle! All youth (all three age groups), parents, coaches, and agents are welcome to tune in.

  • The Tree Identification Study Session with Chris Demers, Extension Program Manager--Florida Land Steward, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation has already occurred.
  • The Forest Health Study Session with Jason Smith, Associate Professor--Forest Pathology, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation has already occurred.
  • Study session recordings are available. Please email Jessica Ireland (jjtireland@ufl.edu) for access to recordings.


2021 4-H Forest Ecology Contest

  • When: April 17-18, 2021
  • The Online Contest will be open Saturday, April 17 at 7:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m. The website link and additional details will be sent to those who register.
    The Senior Quiz Bowl will be held LIVE Saturday, April 17 starting at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom. Participating senior teams will be scheduled for a 15-minute time slot.
    The Awards Ceremony will be Sunday, April 18 at 4:00pm on Zoom and a recording will be posted.

  • Cost: $5 for participants, observers are free!
  • Register: Registration will be facilitated through 4-H Online from March 1 and closes April 1, 2021.
  • 4-H’ers registered through FAMU are invited to join the contest as a county team just like UF 4-H’ers – see About the Contest page.
  • Ecosystems in 2021 are Upland Hardwoods and Mangrove Forests.
  • For information on who can participate and what to expect the day of the contest, see the About the Contest page.
  • For information about the contest content and what participants need to learn, see the Contest Stations page


2021 4-H Nature Poetry Contest

  • When: Must be postmarked by March 1, winners will be announced in Spring.
  • Cost: No fee for poetry submissions.
  • How to Submit: Please go to this website to find more information and the contest entry form.
Please contact us through the address at the bottom of the page if you have any other questions about participating in the contest. Hope to see you there!


Past Winners

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