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The Oakland County 4-H volunteer training is a three-part workshop that provides essential information to help volunteers successfully work with young people using the 4-H method and philosophy of Positive Youth Development.  As an adult volunteer attending these trainings you will build leadership skills, learn how to facilitate positive learning experiences for youth, and discover the endless opportunities in 4-H!  Details:  9-4pm,  North Office Bldg. 26E Lower Level. Contact Margi Stockert to reserve a spot today!
October 18-19, 2014:  4-H Visual Arts, Crafts, Sewing and Textiles Workshop
Location: Kettenen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
The conference is open to teens, 4-H members and non-members aged 12 (by Jan. 1, 2015) and older. The conference is also open to 4-H staff, adult 4-H volunteers and adults who work with youth in a variety of educational settings. The 2014 conference is for individuals who are willing to re-teach the skills they learn and knowledge they gain in their communities. 
The 2014 4-H Visual Arts, Crafts, Sewing and Textiles Workshop objectives are for participants to:
1.    Get energized with lots of new ideas for working with youth in visual arts, crafts, sewing and textile projects.
2.    Learn how youth can develop life skills by participating in the arts.
3.    Support and encourage creativity in 4-H projects.
4.    Discover how leadership, citizenship, entrepreneurship, career development, and science skill development can be a part of your projects.
5.    Meet and share ideas with 4-H teen and adult volunteers from around the state
6.    Develop a county plan of action for using the new knowledge and skills back home.
October 18, 2014:  Pumpkin Festival
Tollgate Farm in Novi.  12pm - 4pm. Take a hayride to the Pumpkin Patch, Food, music, and farm critters!  Camp fires and roasting!  For more information contact Alan Jaros at 248-347-0269 X232.

October 23, 2014:  Oakland County 4-H Leader Update
This is an opportunity to meet with other 4-H Leaders across the county share ideas, discover upcoming 4-H events and learn new tips and tricks to be a more successful 4-H leader.  6:30-8 p.m. at the Executive Office, Oakland County, Michigan
October 25-26, 2014:  4-H Proud Equestrian Program Instructor Update
Location: W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060
This conference provides continuing education for current 4-H PEP Program certified instructors. Attendance is required at either the Fall 2013 or Fall 2014 Instructor Update to maintain 4-H PEP Program Instructor status in 2015. The program is also open to PATH (formerly NARHA) certified instructors and those interested in therapeutic riding.
Sessions include topics related to instructing therapeutic riding, working with youth with special needs and horse management and care are included in the program.
Open to 4-H Proud Equestrian Program Instructors or Instructors in Training. The program is also open to NARHA/PATH certified instructors and those with an interest in therapeutic riding.
Registration coming soon!
November 1-2, 2014:  2014 Michigan 4-H Poultry Science Teen and Adult Workshop
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
4-H adult leaders and teen leaders (13 years as of Jan. 1, 2015 and older) interested in the poultry project and who are willing to share the information and experiences gained at the conference with others in their counties. Staff is welcome. We encourage individuals to car pool. Contact your county office for names of other persons attending the workshop.
•    Gain fun, hands-on 4-H poultry science experiences; learn new ideas for goat projects and other fun activities.
•    Explore science based information in poultry management.
•    Enhance youth and volunteers knowledge and skill in the poultry project.
•    Share ideas with others from around the state in the poultry project area.
November 14-16, 2014:  Multi-State 4-H Horse Judges, Superintendents and Volunteer Conference
This event is scheduled for November 14-16, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West and is hosted by MSU Extension and the Department of Animal Science.  This is an excellent opportunity for current 4-H Horse Judges, people who have an interest is obtaining their 4-H judges card, as well as for volunteers who host horse shows.  Registration fee is $90 (prior to Nov 1).
Please visit the registration page to register on-line (go to 4-H Horse Programs) or complete registration form included in link above.
November 16, 2014:  4-H Used Tack Sale
New this year at the 20th Annual Novi Equestrian Expo, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, is a 4-H used tack sale from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  All proceeds collected for table sales at the tack sale will benefit Oakland County 4-H Horse Council.  Please spread the word to anyone interested in selling their clean used tack.  Please contact Debbie Morgan at 248-858-08894 for additional information.
November 21-23, 2014:  2014 Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders’ Conference
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
This workshop is designed for both youth and adult leaders who are involved with county 4-H Horse Programs. Topics include updates on current subject matter in the horse area and information to assist leaders in youth development, leadership skills for youth, youth activities, and opportunities beyond a county program. Interaction with leaders from different counties is encouraged, for exchanging of ideas and programs and meeting other volunteers in the same interest area. Participants are expected to share the information and experiences gained at this conference with fellow 4-Hers in their counties.  Please visit the registration page for more information.  
November 21-23, 2014:  4-H Advisory Group Retreat
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
Refocus, Reorganize, Re-energize your local 4-H advisory group (council or project committee) at this informative retreat-style conference. Learn best practices from other advisory groups and state experts in order to improve your groups’ effectiveness, teamwork, and empowerment of youth. Retreat is open to all 4-H youth and adult volunteers serving on 4-H advisory groups. Individual registrations are accepted, but groups will gain the most by sending a team to the retreat. Groups of registering 5 or more members will receive one free registration.  Registration coming soon!
January 17-18, 2015:  Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
The Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular is a lively celebration of the power of young people as leaders! In the spirit of “thinking globally and acting locally” participants in this exciting, energetic, hands-on workshop will participate in small and large group sessions to share and develop valuable knowledge and skills related to youth leadership, civic engagement, global citizenship, and international cultures. This workshop is open to current and aspiring leaders and volunteers, ages 12 to 112 (by Jan. 1, 2015), who seek to develop skills to serve (or assist youth serving) in leadership roles in clubs, schools, communities, the state and the world. Attending the 2015 Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular will help you become an outstanding leader who approaches life with your head, heart and hands open to new ideas, interesting people, and diverse cultures…it will change your world!  Registration coming soon!
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.  Registration coming soon!
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.  Registration coming soon!
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.  Registration coming soon!
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.  Registration coming soon!
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.  Registration coming soon!
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.  Registration coming soon!
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!  Registration coming soon!
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.
For further information about youth development classes and activities, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0889.


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