Forest Ecology

State 4-H Forest Ecology Contest

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Austin Cary Memorial Forest Conference Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville, FL 32609

Each year, 4-H youth from across the state convene near Gainesville, Florida to test their knowledge of Florida’s forests.  Six contest stations enable youth to test their identification skills, compass skills, and knowledge of forest ecosystems. Youth will be asked to identify tree and plant leaves and fruits, insect and disease damage from samples, and wildlife on a forest walk; follow a compass course, and answer multiple choice questions on ecology and topography maps. Seniors will also be tested on tree measurement and perform in a quiz bowl.

For more information, please consult the 4-H Forest Ecology Website.


  • Registration will be available on 4H Online beginning February 21, 2014 and will close on March 21, 2014.
  • Youth must be enrolled in 4H Online to register for the contest.  Enrollment in 4H Online is fairly simple, and if you have not already completed this please click here, or contact your county 4-H Agent.
  • Registration will cost $5 per participant and will cover registration and insurance. Observers must also register through 4-H Online and are free to attend.


  • Payment must accompany registration, which should come from the county.
  • Any adult OR youth observing should complete the observer registration form on 4-H Online.  They will not be charged the fee.
  • You must wear shoes, socks, and long pants due to ticks in the area. A hat is also recommended.
  • All participants should bring lunch, water, sunscreen, pencils, a clipboard, and biltmore sticks (Seniors Only).