4-H Exploration Days in June lets Michigan youth explore possibilities for their future

Make youth summer plans early – MSU pre-college programs like 4-H Exploration Days provides education, personal development and fun for ages 11 and up.

Teens participate in a hands-on activity at 4-H Exploration Days | Michigan State University Extenion

Teens participate in a hands-on activity at 4-H Exploration Days | Michigan State University Extenion

4-H Exploration Days is Michigan State University’s (MSU) largest pre-college annual event that is attended by 2,500 youth and adult chaperones from across Michigan. The 2015 conference will be held June 24-26 on the MSU campus. The theme is Explore the Possibilities! More than 200 hands-on classroom and field trip sessions are planned in wide variety of session content areas such as animal and veterinary science, business and entrepreneurship, careers, environmental education, food, nutrition and fitness, international language and culture, money management, performing and visual arts, and science, engineering and techology. There will also be a show at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts featuring Three Men and a Tenor, an energetic and fun acappella vocal music group that has been named winners of The Best Entertainment in Michigan by the Michigan Meetings and Events Magazine twice.

This Michigan State Universty Extension 4-H Youth Development program gives youth ages 11 to 19 an authentic collegiate experience as they live in MSU residence halls and explore interest areas and career options, increase their awareness and readiness for college, and develop decision-making, independence and teamwork skills. They also have fun and make friends with people from different backgrounds and areas.

The fee to attend is $165; youth who are not enrolled in 4-H pay an additional $10 4-H participation fee. Registration and payment must be submitted through your county MSU Extension office. Registration books will be available from county MSU Extension offices and online at the 4-H Exploration Days web site in early March. Registration opens on March 17. Sessions are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis so early registration is encouraged. The registration deadline is April 28, 2015.

Following their involvement, participants are eligible for nomination to apply for a $2,000 MSU Pre-College Scholarship based on criteria such as attitude, behavior and active participation. The scholarship is applied toward each recipient’s first-year at MSU as a degree-seeking student.

For more information about 4-H Exploration Days, contact your county MSU Extension office.

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