4-H

4-H Michigan 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the state, with nearly 200,000 youth between the ages of 5 and 19 participating. Because Michigan 4-H is part of MSU Extension, the activities your kids participate in are all backed by and based on child development research. We use experiential (i.e. hands-on) learning and time spent intentionally thinking about what’s been learned to make it a meaningful experience, with skills and ideas learned that last a lifetime.

It’s a fact: kids who participate in 4-H get better grades, are more likely to go to college, are less likely to use drugs, cigarettes or alcohol, and are more likely to give back to their communities. For more information, visit the Michigan 4-H website.

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  • Biosecurity: Principles of CHIP - part 3

    October 24, 2014 | Katie Ockert | Biosecurity related to 4-H projects has become a focal point for many fairs and expositions. Learn the CHIP method to easily make biosecurity a part of your routine!

  • Test your water and submit results for Make a Difference Day

    October 24, 2014 | Judy Ratkos | Take the World Water Monitoring Challenge and serve as a citizen scientist for Make a Difference Day.

  • Michigan College Application Week helps students pursue higher education

    October 24, 2014 | Judy Ratkos | Efforts such as College Application Week and programs like 4-H help students with the first steps towards higher education pursuit.

  • Exploring careers in dairy science series: Professional writer

    October 24, 2014 | Melissa Elischer | The career paths and options related to dairy science and the dairy industry are limitless! No matter what talents or interests a person possesses, there is a dairy-related position waiting to be claimed.

  • Passing it on

    October 24, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | Most successful adults have had mentors who provided guidance and support. If you have benefited from a mentoring relationship, perhaps it’s time to pass it on and become a mentor to a young person.

  • Bus trip activities: what groups can do as the wheels on the bus go “round and round”

    October 22, 2014 | Roxanne Turner | When planning a long bus ride with youth, it is a good idea to fill some of the time with activities. Activities will make the time go faster, help those on the bus get to know each other, allow leadership skills to develop and keep the group engaged.

  • Homemade horse treats

    October 22, 2014 | Taylor Fabus | Looking for a fun winter activity with your 4-H club? Making horse treats is a great and educational activity!

  • Practice makes perfect outside the auction arena

    October 22, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | With all of the excitement of auction night, what should youth say? What should they do? In 4-H we often practice what happens inside the auction arena because we want to be sure youth are prepared, comfortable and confident for the events that take place.

  • Looking for a fall activity? Try archery!

    October 22, 2014 | Nick Baumgart | Give archery a try when looking for a new activity to try this fall. It’s easy, affordable and fun!

  • Science with pumpkins and squash

    October 22, 2014 | Darren Bagley | As kids carve their Halloween pumpkins, use the opportunity to explore science.

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