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April 25-27, 2014:  Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference
Location: Sebewaing, MI.  Do you have an interest in learning more about the dairy industry in Michigan?   This conference is open to youth ages 13-19 as of January 1, 2014.  The Medical/Media Release form is required for all workshop participants.  Click here to go to the registration page. 

April 25-27, 2014:  Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688. This MI 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, 2014.   Disciplines offered will include shotgun, rifle (BB, .22, air/pellet), archery, muzzleloading, and hunting and wildlife.   The Medical/Media Release form is required for all workshop participants.  Click here to go to the registration page. 

April 26, 2014:  4-H Discovery Day
A family event -- open to the public -- providing educational hands-on experiences in a friendly atmosphere.  Information will be available about joining 4-H and exhibiting at the Oakland County Fair.  Held at Springfield Oaks Activity Center and barns in Davisburg.
April 26, 2014:  4-H Mentor Training
Join us for 4-H mentor training.  In this fun, interactive training participants are trained by 4-H mentoring staff using a research-based curriculum of interactive activities covering topics like:  building strong mentoring relationships, setting boundaries, engaging in positive communication, youth development principles and cultural competency.  Light refreshments and lunch will be provided at this all day session.  Click here to register  by April 25th.  For information contact Anetria Rhodes at 313-494-4678.
April 27. 2014: 
4-H Rabbit Clinic in Macomb County
A rabbit clinic is being held at the Armada Fairgrounds for 4-H members. 

Forests are an enormous part of Michigan's history, culture, economy and landscape.  Join Michigan Forest Association and MSU faculty to explore how to enrich your classroom with intentional nature lessons.  Take home knowledge you can use in your classroom.  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tollgate Education Center.  Cost: $90.  Call Alan Jaros at 248-347-0269, extension 232 if you have questions.
May 17-18, 2014:  4-H Companion Animal Teen & Adult Volunteer Training Workshop
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688. Participants in this exciting, hands-on training opportunity will gain new ideas and information about companion animal projects, while having the ability to work with their own companion animal.  This workshop is open to 4-H volunteers and youth aged 12 (as of January 1, 2014) and up.  The Medical/Media Release form is required for all workshop participants.  Click here to go to the registration page.

June 18-20, 2014:  4-H Youth Explorations Days
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  See the following links:
Youth Exploration Days Registration Book (shows all of the sessions and provides details on everything happening during Exploration Days)
Youth Exploration Days is a three-day event held annually on the Michigan State University campus.  Youth and adult chaperones have an opportunity to participate in action/learning experiences in specific interest areas.  If you are at least 11 years old on January 1, 2014, you can attend Exploration Days. You don’t even have to be a 4-H member!
The 2014 cost is $181 for current 4-H members and $191 for those not enrolled in 4-H. The fee includes meals, a shared room in a dorm, sessions and a t-shirt. You may wish to check with the Oakland County 4-H office to see if scholarship funds are available.
Official registration opens March 18, 2014 but we are now accepting registration forms with your deposit. Registration forms will be numbered and entered into the campus registration system by our staff in the order they are received. 
The registration deadline is usually the end of April but don’t wait until then because popular sessions fill up fast!  
The 4-H Renewable Energy Camp application is now available!  We have a new name (formerly 4-H Discovery Camp), but we continue to provide experiences that enable youth to explore new and innovative ideas and uses surrounding bioenergy. 
Youth will:
  • Conduct their own experiments,
  • Create their own biofuel and take home a sample,
  • Interact with the MSU Solar Powered Car Racing team,
  • Collect data in field trials,
  • Tour an ethanol plant and wind farm,
  • Interact with leading scientists and engineers,
  • Compete in an Engineering design challenge,
  • Tour the MSU Breslin Center and much more!
Applications due:  April 25th
Where: MSU Campus and sites across Michigan
Who: For youth 13-19 years of age
July 18-20, 2014:  4-H Mentoring Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688. 4-H Mentoring Weekend is a 3-day workshop for adults and youth who are matched for 3 months or more in a mentoring program through 4-H and other youth mentoring organizations.  Mentoring program staff are also welcome to attend.  The Medical/Media Release form is required for all workshop participants.  As soon as the link for registration in the Michigan State University ANR Event Registration system becomes available, it will be added to this description.  Registration usually opens six (6) weeks prior to event.

Ongoing Classes & Activities
For further information about youth development classes and activities, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0889.


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