4-H 4-H is the largest youth development organization in Michigan, 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.

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  • Integrating education into 4-H club meetings

    April 11, 2014 | Julie Thelen | Learning about livestock projects can take place beyond just the county fair. These educational resources will help leaders incorporate interactive learning activities into 4-H club meetings.

  • Gain communication skills through 4-H experiences

    April 11, 2014 | Michelle Neff | Communication is an important skill to have to be successful. 4-H provides lots of opportunities for youth and adults to gain skills around communication. This article will explore some of those opportunities.

  • Reconnecting after deployment: Children ages 5-12

    April 7, 2014 | Kendra Moyses | Tips to help children ages 5-12 reconnect with their service member when they return.

  • Don’t forget to listen!

    April 4, 2014 | Sara Keinath | An often overlooked leadership skill can improve your effectiveness.

  • How do signs of spring involve science?

    April 4, 2014 | Darren Bagley | Learn about the changing seasons, how living things make it through the winter and more about science in the natural world.

  • Say hello to spring!

    April 3, 2014 | Bonnie Lehman | Springtime is the perfect time to get children of all ages connected with nature.

  • Ulcers in horses

    April 3, 2014 | Taylor Fabus | Horses, just like humans, struggle with gastric ulcers. Learn that factors that lead to ulcers.

  • PURPLE UP! for Military Families

    April 3, 2014 | Kendra Moyses | April is Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize the sacrifices made by military families and their children. On April 15, join Michigan 4-H Military in wearing purple to show your support for our military families!

  • Volunteer managers and delegation: Part 4

    April 2, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | A volunteer base is important to volunteer managers. How is it that volunteer managers are able to get so much done with and through volunteers? It’s through delegation. Learn more about tips and tricks to effective delegation through this article series.

  • Cultural currents: “What Will Be in the Fields Tomorrow?”

    April 1, 2014 | Julie Avery | The arts can grow community awareness about local food and farming and their impact on children, families, farmers, our communities and the land around us.

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