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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 15th for a robust pancake meal and then engage in our 2-hour program (see March 15th 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.
March 13, 2015:  Culinary Exchange Dinner
Join us on March 13 at Grayson Elementary School on 3800 West Walton Boulevard, Waterford Township, MI 48329 for the 4-H Culinary Exchange Dinner, hosted by Jayno 4-H Club. 4-H Clubs are asked to select a country and prepare traditional food from that country (or state). Each club will be judged based on presentation, and prizes will be distributed among the top 4 selections. For judging criteria, please contact Martha Lawrence. We ask that you please RSVP by March 11. Set up for each table will be from 6:00—6:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Clubs will be provided with a table to decorate and are encouraged to create a display about their country and how others might get involved. Clubs are also encouraged to come dressed in their countries’ clothing or in 4-H attire.
For anyone who would like to keep food warm in a crockpot or other electronic heating methods, please bring an extension cord.

Plates, silverware and cups will be provided. Drinks will also be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to Martha Lawrence.

March 15, 2015:  MSU Tollgate Maple Tapping and Pancake Celebration
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. 

March 18, 2015:  Build Your Future Curriculum Training (4-H)

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 20 & April 18, 2015:  Successful You! Workshop Series for Youth
Want to learn how to complete an award, job or scholarship application accurately?  How about create an effective resume and learn skills for a successful interview?  These life skills will improve your chances of receiving an award, scholarship or even landing your dream job.  Successful You! Workshop is a two-part series being presented Friday, 3/20 and Saturday, 4/18.  Cost is $5 per session and if you attend both sessions you will get your $10 back! 
March 22, 2015:   4-H Poultry Educational Workshop
Open to current 4-H members:  If you want to learn how to finish your market birds, how to get buyers for the auction, how to prepare your birds for the fair, what supplies you ned to have for the fair, how to show your poultry and much more then you should attend the poultry educational workshop on Sunday, March 22, 2015, 3pm – 5pm in the Community Room at the Fair Office – 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg, MI.  No RSVP required and no cost to attend!  If you need more information or have questions, please contact Debbie Morgan at 248-858-0894.
March 24, 2015:  Oakland County 4-H Leader Update
Current 4-H Leaders, join us on Tuesday, March 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center for a leader update.  This will be an opportunity to meeting with other 4-H Leaders across Oakland County to share ideas, discover upcoming 4-H events and learn new tips and tricks to be a more successful 4-H Leader.  Some of the topics will be:
  • Learn a fun new game to share with your club
  • How to get involved in Discovery Day on April 25th (Destination 4-H 2015)
  • Michigan 4-H Online - The new registration system and what it means to you
  • 4-H Exploration Days
  • Advanced Leadership Training on April 15 and April 22
  • Oakland County 4-H Youth Council (name not set in stone)

Contact Jason Scott for more information at 248-858-0892.  BE SURE TO CLICK HERE TO LET US KNOW IF YOU'RE GOING TO ATTEND!!!

March 26, 2015:  Oakland County 4-H Horse Camp Informational Meeting
Interested in attending the 4-H Horse Camp in June?  All campers who would like to participate in the 2015 4-H Horse Camp should attend this meeting.  A parent or guardian will be required to help at the camp and must also attend this informational meeting.  Camp application and all required forms for registration will be available at the meeting. Springfield Oaks Activity Center, Davisburg.  Meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. Contact person: Debbie Morgan, 248-889-0894.

 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.  
March 28, 2015:  4-H 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. 
March 28, 2015:  4-H Agility Trial
Standard 4-H agility course, beginner A 9-13, ! 14 & up, B 9-13, B 14 & up, advanced (must have 3 qualifying scores in advanced), intermediate

April 15 & 22, 2015:  4-H Advanced Leadership Training
Save these dates for a two-part series of volunteer training on:  Wednesday, 4/15, 6-9 pm and Wednesday, 4/22, 6-9 pm both at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. 
RSVP IS REQUIRED TO:  Margi Stockert at 248-858-0889.
The Oakland County 4-H volunteer training provides essential information to help volunteers successfully work with young people using the 4-H method and philosophy.  Adult volunteers attending these trainings will build leadership skills, learn how to facilitate positive learning experiences for youth, and discover the endless opportunities in 4-H!  Topics include:  Positive Youth Development, Experiential Learning and Club Structure, Management and Development.  These interactive sessions will help you become a super 4-H club leader or volunteer!
April 18, 2015:  Canine All-stars Dog Show
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April 25, 2015:  4-H Discovery Day
Fun, family, Fair and 4-H are what 4-H Discovery Day is all about!  The event  is a collaborative effort between Oakland County 4-H and Oakland County Fair designed to showcase all the opportunities for youth in 4-H and at the Oakland County 4-H Fair (July 3-12, 2015).  We are looking for 4-H clubs to showcase club activities or project areas with a hands-on-activity, demo or craft.  Also needed are lots of volunteers to assist with set-up, clean-up and several activities throughout the day.  If you have any great ideas or want to join us, please contact Debbie Morgan or 248-858-0894.
May 31-July 18, 2015:  4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
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.
June 1 - September 1, 2015:  Book Your Organization’s Summer Outreach Program Today!
Every year Oakland County MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development offers special introductory educational programs to bring a sense of adventure and fun to help enrich summer youth activities.  Three new summer outreach programs will be offered for area libraries, community centers, and youth groups to book. Sessions are available Mondays and Tuesdays starting June 1st through September 1st. Programs to choose from:
Super Hero Science (ages 5-11)
Super Animal Adaptation (ages 5-11)
Animation Unmasked (ages 12-19)
Programs are interactive and include hands-on activities.  See brochure for costs and details.  To book your session, contact Margi Stockert at 248-858-0889. For questions about program content, contact Mary Blumka at 248-858-0890.
June 21-25, 2015:  4-H Horse Camp
Do you want to improve your horsemanship skills ... be better prepared for horse shows ... meet other horse kids ... and have fun?  If your answer is yes, youl should attend the Oakland County 4-H Horse Camp, a four-day instructional camp at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, offered to 4-H youth ages 9-19.  Campers and their horses attend three classes a day with instruction by local horse professionals.
June 24-26, 2015:  4-H Exploration Days
Oakland County 4-H is NOW accepting Exploration Days registrations. Registrations are numbered as they come in. On the morning of March 17th registrations will be entered into the system in the order they were received.
Every year, approximately 2,500 youth and chaperones from nearly every Michigan county come stay at MSU for 4-H Exploration Days. This fun and interactive MSU pre-college program could be the highlight of your summer - it could even change your life!

• If you are at least 11 years old on January 1, 2015, you can attend Exploration Days. You don’t even have to be a 4-H member!

• The 2015 cost is $180 for 4-H members and $190 for those not enrolled in 4-H yet. The fee includes meals, a shared room in a dorm, sessions and a t-shirt.
• Registration deadline is April 24th. Don’t wait until the deadline though, because popular sessions fill up fast! 
Contact 4-H staff at 248-858-0889 for more information or if you have questions about 4-H Exploration Days.  View video
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! 
August 19-21, 2015:  Cloverbud Camp
Now offering a camp experience specifically designed for your 5-8 year olds.  Oakland County 4-H Cloverbud Camp offers hands-on learning activities, crafts and active play throughout the day.  This camp will be held at Lookout Lodge (Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day..  Fun activities include:  trips to Paradise Peninsula Playscape, crafts, nature hikes, chemistry activities and more. Daily themes will be Mad Scientist, Make It Count and Barnyard Bonanza.  Price (to be determined).  Details will be posted in March.  Contact person:  Mary Blumka, 248-858-0890.

 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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