4-H Exploration Days

Date: June 20, 2018 - June 22, 2018
Location: Michigan State University Campus, East Lansing, MI 48824
Contact: Laura Potter-Niesen, potterla@msu.edu, 517-432-2963

This youth development conference is designed to:

  • Increase youths’ responsibility, confidence, independence, accountability, problem-solving, decision-making and time management skills.
  • Increase youths’ communication, team work, citizenship, and leadership skills.
  • Foster participants’ ability to meet new people and make new friends from different places and backgrounds.
  • Develop and expand career and personal interests.
  • Increase college exploration and access to the MSU campus and its resources.
  • Develop social and academic skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult.


Two research-based tenets provide the foundation for this residential program’s 30 intentional contact hours: youth development and experiential education. More than 200 action-filled classroom and field trip sessions were offered throughout the MSU campus and at various off-campus locations. Sessions were taught by 289 content and youth development experts (86 MSU faculty/staff, 123 adult volunteers, 20 teen volunteers, and 60 outside resource people). A wide variety of session content areas are available each year such as Animal and Veterinary Science, Careers, Communications, Environmental Education, Food, Nutrition and Fitness, International Language & Culture, Money Management, Performing and Visual Arts, and Technology.

When not in sessions, participants are engaged in meetings, campus activities and tours that give them access to the MSU campus and its wealth of resources. Participants stay in Michigan State University residence halls.

For more information, visit the 4-H Exploration Days page.

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