Wisconsin 4-H inducts Scott Craven into Hall of Fame

UW-Madison Emeritus Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology Scott Craven was inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Green Lake Conference Center on Saturday, Nov. 4.

“Each of the 2017 Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame laureates has transformed the lives of children and families with whom they’ve worked and the communities in which they’ve lived,” says John de Montmollin, interim co-program director of Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development, which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Craven began as a faculty member in the UW-Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology in 1979, the same year he was appointed as UW-Extension Wildlife Ecology Specialist. He worked in that capacity from 1979 until his retirement in 2011. For over three decades, his dedication to sharing his knowledge of wildlife ecology and the broader area of natural sciences touched the lives of thousands of 4-H youth, adults and staff, in addition to many other young people and adults throughout Wisconsin.

Craven traveled the state to teach leader training sessions and 4-H workshops on topics related to wildlife ecology and collaborated with local county 4-H agents, and other state and national groups and agencies. He participated in developing and implementing the NatureSpace 4-H project curriculum, shooting sports project and activities, and the state Wildlife Habitat contest.

Craven was a member of the Upham Woods Advisory Committee for thirty years. He served on the committees that developed both a physical plant master plan as well as an educational master plan for Upham Woods. He provided professional development workshops for camp staff and volunteers, led tours, and provided leadership for sustaining the natural environment of Blackhawk Island.

Craven became a trusted adviser to many camp directors and provided continuity to implement the mission of the Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center. He also has a long and varied list of volunteer activities over the years, including youth hockey coach, board member of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Foundation, and president of the Cochrane Lake Management District.

The Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff and pioneers who made major contributions to the 4-H movement at the local, state and national levels. The candidates represent 4-H in the broadest sense – people who had an impact on the lives of children, their community or state through significant contributions of time, energy or financial resources to 4-H and its members.

A list of all Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame laureates and their bios is available at