4-H and Youth Development Classes & Activities
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4-H and Youth Development Classes & Activities

Youths enjoying 4-H Green Science Adventure Camp

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March-August: Healthy Living Teen Ambassador Program
Looking for a summer volunteer opportunity? Teens ages 15-19 can learn to facilitate healthy living workshops for youth in Oakland County. Participating teens will develop leadership and public speaking skills and will also receive a partial scholarship to Exploration Days. Contact Mary Blumka at blumkama@anr.msu.edu or at 248.858.0890 to apply!                                                                                                                                            

June - August 2016: Summer Camp at Tollgate Education Center
Throughout the summer multiple camps and themes are offered at Tollgate Education Center in Novi.  Activities such as harvesting fruits and vegetables, preparing healthy snacks, caring for farm animals, exploring the acres of woodland, archery, canoeing, horseback riding, challenge course activities, building, and more are offered at various times during camp.  The camp registration fee is $280.00 for a week-long camp.  Discounts are offered to those who register with siblings and/or for multiple weeks of camp.  Aftercare is offered until 6:00 pm.  For more information and to register for camp, visit the Tollgate Education Center web site or contact tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu. 

June 18 - 19 Starry Night on the Farm
Join us to celebrate the summer solstice at our all new Starry Night on the Farm! Investigate the night sky and enjoy the field, forest, and farm animals of Tollgate Farm. (Overnight adventure for children ages 5 - 12 with parent)

  • Learn about summer on the farm
  • View the night sky with local astronomy club
  • Play large group games on the hill
  • Enjoy s’mores around the campfire
  • Camp in or near the historic 1860s barn
  • Watch a short film with popcorn
  • Wake to a farm fresh breakfast
  • Help with morning animal chores

Best of all, leave with new friends and good memories of your starry night on the farm!

To register, go to http://events.anr.msu.edu/TollgateStarryNightontheFarm/
Tollgate Farm is located at  28115 Meadowbrook Rd. in Novi.
$ 50 – Multi-child discounts available
 

June 19 - 23, 2016:  4-H Horse Camp 
Do you want to improve your horsemanship skills? Be more competitive in the ring? Meet other horse kids? Have FUN?! Attend the 4-H Horse Camp, an instructional camp at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, offered to youth ages 9 -19. Select four of the specialty classes: Bareback, Dressage, English Equitation, Fitting and Showing, Gymkhana, Jumping, Pattern, Saddle Seat, Trail and Western Horsemanship!  Registration is only open until May 20th. For more information, contact Debbie Morgan at (248) 347-3860 EXT 279.

June 22 – 24, 2016: Exploration Days
Exploration Days will be June 22 – 24, 2016 at the fabulous Michigan State University Campus. In case you didn't know, Exploration Days is a 3 day pre-college readiness camp on campus where youth live in the dorms, eat in the cafeterias, and navigate campus and the 4-H bus system to get to their mini classes (that they selected!) on time. There are also extracurricular activities like ice skating, swimming, playing sports at the rec centers, and the Exploration Days Dance! Last year, the Oakland County Delegation included 99 people! We were the second largest delegation in the state behind Monroe County, and we would like to be the largest!

June 29, 2016: Container Gardening Workshop
Create a container garden, and get expert advice from Prielipp Farms and Greenhouse staff. Bring your own container, or purchase one for $5 on site. For questions about the program or to register, contact Mary Blumka at blumkama@anr.msu.edu or at 248.858.0890. June 29, 2016 from 4pm or 6pm at the Oakland County Market. Cost: $5/Participant OR bring your own container. For ages: 5-19. Parents must accompany youth.

Consider entering your container garden in the Oakland County Fair. Projects created at this workshop will fall within Fair Entry Guidelines. Please note that entry for the Oakland County Fair Exhibit Hall ends June 1st. More information can be found on the Oakland County Fair website at http://www.oakfair.org/.

June 30, 2016: Sewing & Craft Workshop
Want to learn basic sewing skills? This program will teach simple machine sewing techniques on a beginner project. All Materials will be provided. For questions about the program or to register, contact Mary Blumka at blumkama@anr.msu.edu or at 248.858.0890. Thursday, June 30, 2016 from Noon-2 pm or 2-4pm at Lookout Lodge, Waterford Oaks County Park. Cost: $25 4-H youth / $35 Non 4-H participants Ages 9-19

Consider entering your container garden in the Oakland County Fair. Projects created at this workshop will fall within Fair Entry Guidelines. Please note that entry for the Oakland County Fair Exhibit Hall ends June 1st. More information can be found on the Oakland County Fair website at http://www.oakfair.org/.

July 8-17, 2016: Oakland County Fair
Come visit the Oakland County 4-H staff at the fair for daily hands on activities and to catch up on 4-H news and programs. Our booth will be staffed Monday – Friday 9-5. Activities will happen 10-noon and 2-4. To find out how to exhibit at the fair, visit their web page.

July 25-27 Forestry Fun Day Camp
Explore the great outdoors and future careers! The 4-H Forestry Fun Camp is a fun, interactive multi-day camp where youth learn to look at trees through a different lens. Through hands-on activities, such as tree identification, measuring forests and identifying insects and tree diseases, youth will learn about the various aspects of forestry and forest management. Campers will explore the many careers available in the forestry field and will develop a mini-forest management plan.  For ages 11-15.
The last date for online registration is June 1, 2016.

August 3-5 2016 or August 17-19:  Cloverbud Camp - Registration Opens June 1st!!!
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. Our camp provides a positive and collaborative atmosphere where Cloverbuds can thrive.  Fun activities include: trips to Paradise Peninsula Playscape, crafts, nature hikes, chemistry activities, and more! 

State-Wide 4-H Camps

June 27-July 1 – 4-H Renewable Energy Camp (13-19)
Explore how Michigan's abundant natural resources and growing agriculture industry are changing the face of energy and what it means to your family, Michigan and the world! Highlights include Tours of on-campus Labs, the Kellogg Biological Station, MSU Power Plant, and a Wind Farm. Plus learn about Carbon Green Bioenergy and more! For more information, check out the 4-H Renewable Energy Camp Page. The cost to attend this 5-day camp is just $190!
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/4_h_renewable_energy_camp

June 27-July 1 – 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp (13-16)
Interested in veterinary medicine? Then the 4-H Animal & Vet Science Camp is the place for you! Learn about and work with many different species of animals large and small. The cost of this 5-day camp is $350 and includes all meals and transportation during the camp. The deadline for applications to attend this camp is April 1, 2016.
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/4_h_animal_veterinary_science_camp

July 31-August 6 – Great Lakes Natural Resources Camp (13-15)
Campers explore dunes, hike forest trails, wade through wetlands, fish, snorkel and sail on Lake Huron while educators and scientists teach them about the Great Lakes ecosystem. This camp is held at Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle, Michigan. The cost of $375 covers lodging and all meals, transportation to field trips and materials. Apply to attend this camp today!
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/4_h_great_lakes_natural_resources_camp



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