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January 31, 2015:  4-H Rabbit and Cavy Show
This one-day event, begins at 9:00 am, is held at the MSU Pavilion (4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48910),  and is open to participants aged 9 to 19 by January 1 of the current year. Exhibitors must be Michigan 4-H members and must own the rabbits or cavies (guinea pigs) they enter. Exhibitors may enter as many breeds as they wish; however, if breed show times conflict, another 4-H member must help show the entries. Exhibitors will be responsible for transporting their rabbits and cavies to and from the judging tables.   Click here for show catalog.  Spectators are welcome!  Contact:  Katie Ockert
January 31-February 1, 2015:  4-H Winterfest
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
4-H Winterfest is a hands-on educational program that is open to youth ages 8 to 12 years old. Youth spend two days learning about many different project areas while meeting youth from around the state. 4-H Winterfest offers participants an opportunity to experience Kettunen Center in an overnight camp setting. Youth participate in hands-on sessions that range from crafts to shooting sports. This event offers an opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying all the Michigan winters have to offer! Youth have the opportunity to go learn new skills, make new friends, while enjoying Michigan winter.  
Presented by the Puppy Patrol & Canine All-Stars.  To learn and enhance your showmanship skills (e.g., stacking, patterns, presentation of your dog, and attire) with inside tips from the instructors who are also judges.  Open to 4-H members, ages 9-18, this program is for novice, open, and champion levels.  The event will take place at Competitive Dog Sports (inside Pet Supplies Plus), 11525 S. Saginaw Road, Grand Blanc 10 am-11:30 am and/or 12:45 pm-2:15 pm.  Contact Terry Harrison for more information.  
February 15, 2015:  4-H Poultry Educational Workshop
Interested in knowing more about poultry?  Then join the Oakland County Fair Poultry Committee at the Poultry Educational Workshop on Sunday, February 15th at 3:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fair office -- 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg.  No RSVP required.  For more information, please contact Deb Morgan, 248-858-0894.
February 16-20, 2015:  Wild Winter Farm Camp
Staying warm this winter doesn't mean sacrificing fun!  The ecology of the farm is ever-changing and it doesn't stop in the winter.  During this winter school break, join us for hands-on fun on the farm as we feed goats, collect chicken eggs, warm up in the Garden Kitchen learning about local and seasonal food, and explore the wild winter animals of the forest.  We have a theme to make each day full of adventure!  Does your school have only a few days off this week?  Check out our 2-day and 3-day options.   Registration deadline: Thursday, February 5, 2015.  Financial aid is available for all camps.  If you need to register after the deadline, please contact us.  Location:  MSU Tollgate, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi.  Contact:  Mandy Jacobs, 248-347-0269 x 238. 
February 25, 2015:  4-H Horse Protégé Program
We are looking for cloverbuds and teens interested in the horse and pony project for the 2015 Oakland County 4-H Horse Protégé Program.  Please join us for a kick-off/informational meeting on February 25th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fair Office.  For more information, please contact Debbie Morgan at morga194@anr.msu.ed or 248-858-0894.
February 27-28, 2015:  4-H Veterinary Science Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688
Explore animal systems and learn about animal health for a broad array of animals species. Come prepared to learn from others, share information and experiences, ask questions and quiz veterinarians about their careers. You will also participate in hands-on demonstrations that will teach attendees how to help members recognize healthy, sick, and/or injured animals. Meet other youth and leaders who have developed outstanding veterinary science projects and gain ideas to help others start their own vet science projects. New resources will be provided to all attendees. Open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of Jan. 1, 2015) and older.  
February 28, 2015:  4-H Fair Association Fiesta Fundraiser & Silent Auction
An Oakland County 4-H Fair Association fundraising event including dinner, dessert and a silent auction.  Proceeds will support Fair premiums for youth exhibitors at the 2015 Oakland County Fair.  Read more
February 28-March 1, 2015:  4-H Beef, Sheep and Swine Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
This workshop is designed for both teen and adult leaders who are involved with beef cattle, sheep and swine projects. Topics include animal health, management, care and nutrition. In addition, breakout sessions will include livestock and meat evaluation, animal management and more. Interaction with leaders from different counties is encouraged for exchanging of ideas and programs and connecting with other volunteers in the same project areas. The workshop will also offer ways to enhance communication and teaching skills as well as learn about the many opportunities available for those interested in the beef, sheep and swine industries. Resources will be available for all attendees. Open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of Jan. 1, 2015) and older.  
At MSU Tollgate Farm we cherish the chilly month of March as our maple sugaring time.  Don't have a sugarbush or evaporator?  No worries!  Join us through the month of March for maple sugaring field trips, 2-hour engaging programs where students get to tap maple trees hands-on, investigate the working evaporator, take a wagon ride, tackle historical tools, and taste REAL Michigan maple syrup.  We correlate programs to support state and national educational standards.  Scouts, homeschool, and other community groups enjoy experiencing the sugarbush too!  Can't make it out during the week?  Join us on March 14th for a robust pancake meal and then engage in our 2-hour program (see below).
Come understand the steps to plan, maintain and run a school garden while integrating garden activities into your curriculum to meet state standards. From gardening basics to building a garden team as well as curriculum activities, this workshop is designed for hands-on educators interested in gaining the technical knowledge necessary to start a garden. Learn how to engage your students in the outdoor classroom or choose to bring the concepts indoors. School garden hands-on activities are presented as a strategy for meeting curriculum content expectations as outlined in the Common Core State Standards.  Pre-registration is required by March 2, 2015.  For more information please contact Kristine Hahn, or 313-567-9701, ext. 102
March 7, 2015:  Oakland County Tack Sale
Spring is right around the corner!!  So please join us at the 2015 Oakland County Tack Sale on for Saturday, March 7th 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Springfield Oaks Activity Center (Oakland County Fairgrounds).  Oakland County 4-H Horse Council is the new host of the tack sale and are looking forward to keeping the tradition -  offering affordable, unique and necessary items to our local equestrians.  Come shop or sell items (new/used tack, show clothes, boots, jewelry, crafts and more!) to benefit the 4-H Horse & Pony project in Oakland County.  We are looking for new and used vendors and 4-H clubs to join us.  The cost for space is affordable and an excellent opportunity for promoting new and existing businesses to the community.  Get out of the house and come out to the fairgrounds – it will be spring soon!
Set-up will be available Friday, March 6 from 5-9 pm or Saturday at 9 am.  Doors open to the public at 10 am. 
For information about reserving space, please contact Debbie Morgan, or 248-858-0894. 
Explore and discover how to incorporate environmental education into your lessons and activities. Environmental education strategies and projects empower participants to make our world a better place to live. This workshop is a hands-on, experiential format. You will be a participant; not a recipient! You will leave with valuable resource materials and knowledge to create lessons that include environmental education principles! A small meal and beverages are included.
Join us for the MSU Tollgate Maple Tapping and Pancake Celebration on Sunday, March 15th for a robust pancake meal and then engage in our 2-hour program (10am-12pm or 1-3pm).  For information and to register contact us by phone, 248-347-0269 extention 238, or email, or through our website.   All throughout the month of March experience maple sugaring hands-on with our 2-hour maple sugaring field trips.  Location:  MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi. 
MSU Extension is pleased to offer this professional development opportunity to assist youth development staff, teachers, volunteers, and community members interested and committed to providing quality career development programming. Learn how to implement this new National 4-H curriculum focusing on career exploration and workforce preparation in your club, school or community group.  Training will take place at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center.   Click here for details and registration.
March 27-29, 2015:  Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
Do you have an interest in learning more about the dairy industry in Michigan? Whether you’ve just started learning about dairy cows or grew up on a dairy farm, this is the conference for you! You’ll learn about real-world dairy management topics, like nutrition, reproduction, welfare, health, and dairy cattle evaluation. You will also have a chance to practice for the state dairy skill-a-thon and quiz bowl contests and tour a nearby farm. Experts from the dairy industry and Michigan State University will lead educational, hands-on sessions about dairy management to bring the learning to life! This conference is open to youth ages 11-18 as of Jan. 1, 2015.  
April 24-26, 2015:  MI 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshop
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
This Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification workshop is for 4-H staff, adult 4-H volunteers who have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process with their county, and teens enrolled in a 4-H shooting sports club who are at least 16 years old as of Jan. 1, 2015. Participants must be approved by their county MSU Extension 4-H Staff person to work with 4-H Shooting Sports Programs and have at least a basic working knowledge of, and experience in the discipline in which they wish to participate. Disciplines offered will include shotgun, rifle (BB, .22, air/pellet), archery, muzzleloading, and hunting and wildlife.
Participants will learn about the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports mission, policies, risk management, safety, discipline specific equipment use and care, how to teach shooting fundamentals to youth, range set-up, and more. Participants will also develop and improve skills in teaching shooting sports activities to youth; learn how to develop, expand, and maintain local 4-H Shooting Sports clubs/programs; have the opportunity to exchange ideas for local and State 4-H Shooting Sports programs with volunteers from many counties; and develop renewed respect and concern for safety in the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Adults who successfully complete the workshop and all other requirements will receive certification as a Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor for the discipline in which they participated. Only 4-H certified instructors can lead live-fire, on-range shooting and archery experiences for youth and/or in 4-H Shooting Sports programs. 
CWF has been a part of the Michigan 4-H leadership and civic engagement programming for almost 50 years.  CWF is a learning lab about our national government in Washington, D.C. for young people between the ages of 14 and 19.  Held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland (one mile outside of Washington, D.C.) these week-long sessions run with the help of college-aged program assistants.  Program assistants go through intensive training about the national government and the Washington, D.C. sites.  At the end of training they actually become licensed tour guide for the D.C. area.  They work with each of the delegation coordinators to provide the most meaningful experience for CWF delegates.  For more information, contact Deb Morgan at 248-858-0894.
July 17-19, 2015:  4-H Mentoring Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 48688
4-H Mentoring Weekend is a 3-day workshop for adults and youth who are in a mentoring program through 4-H and other youth mentoring organizations. Mentoring program staff are also welcome to attend. The weekend offers activities to mentoring matches with a focus on science, outdoor education, healthy living, and meaningful service in order to strengthen the mentoring relationship. This year’s theme is Building Life Skills. Mentors are also provided with structured training that aims to build the mentoring relationship. 
August 15-16, 2015:  4-H Family Fun Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
Explore all that 4-H has to offer! This weekend will be action-packed and full of new experiences for the entire family. Youth, ages 5-8, and their parent/guardian/caregiver are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about 4-H! Sessions will provide youth with opportunities to learn about 4-H projects and life skills, the Four-H’s of 4-H, and other Michigan activities and events for 5-8 year old youth involved in 4-H. Parents/guardians/caregivers who attend will learn about 4-H programming specifically designed for the 5-8 year old audience, how to make the most of 4-H experiences, and Michigan 4-H facilities, workshops, and programs. Families will learn and grow together while exploring Kettunen Center and 4-H! 
 Ongoing Classes & Activities
The Tollgate Farm Center offers year-round educational field trips for school or youth groups.  Hands-on, interactive and engaging lessons are intertwined with real-life applications.  They create experiences that complement school curriculum and customize programs to be relevant and enriching.

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