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For those interested in becoming mentors or interested in learning more about 4-H Tech Wizards, there will be a Mentor Mingle Jingle Thursday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your spouses or a friend!  If you have any questions, contact Lisa Kelley at  248- 858-1524.
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!  
Join us for the tenth annual celebration of MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development at the Spartan Women’s basketball game.  Lady Spartans will host Iowa Hawkeyes at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 18, 2015.  The event will be held at the Breslin Center on MSU‘s campus.  Tickets are free to 4-H youth and their families, 4-H volunteers and MSU Extension staff and their families.  Contact Jason Scott, 248-858-0892, Oakland County MSU Extension 4-H office to obtain your free tickets.  If your ticket is ordered by Friday, December 19th, your tickets will be mailed to you.  Tickets ordered after December 19 will be available at the 4-H Registration Table (Gate D) on game day. (Do NOT go to the Breslin Center "will call" entrance.)
 
There will no no transportation coordinated through the Oakland County 4-H office.  Parking at Breslin Center is $5 per car.
 
Notes from the Breslin Center:  No noise makers or items that obstruct the view of others (i.e., foam hands, foam fingers, foam noodles, pennants, flags, banners, or beach balls).  Signs are restricted to no larger than a 1/2 sheet of poster board.
 
The Breslin Center does not allow food or beverages to be brought into the facility. The list below shows the cost of some of the food items available, to give you an idea on how to plan.
§  Popcorn $4; $5 Tub
§  Soda $4 (22 oz.); $5 (32 oz./souvenir cup); $7.00 (souvenir mug)
§  Pizza $5 (slice)
§  Pretzel $4
§  Hot dog $4
§  Carmel Corn $4
§  Ice Cream $4.50
§  Bottled beverages $5 (20 oz.)

January 19, 2015:  MLK Day at the Farm
Join us at MSU Tollgate for a day focusing on positive community change through food.  For ages 6-11, this day-long program will include hands-on activities that range from farm to fork.  Engage with the farm animals, hike through the wild winter forest, warm up in the Garden Kitchen, and reflect on how ideas can create positive impact.  Registration deadline is Thursday, January 15, 2015.  Financial aid is available for all camps.  Location:  MSU Tollgate, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi.  Contact:  Mandy Jacobs, 248-347-0269 x 238. 
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.  
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 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.  
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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