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.
July 25, 2014 | Michelle Neff | Health is one of the four H’s in the pledge. At a 4-H club meeting it is important to have some time for kids to be physically active. This article explores developing a fun fitness scavenger hunt at your meeting.
July 23, 2014 | Frank Cox | Photography as a trade can lead to majors in college and possibly a career.
July 23, 2014 | Jacob DeDecker | Recent poll indicates more young people are participating in summer learning programs.
July 22, 2014 | Jacob DeDecker | In 4-H, everyone can help young people learn science. Remember these concepts when recruiting new volunteers to teach science.
July 18, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Voluntourism can be general described as a combination of service, adventure, professional development and networking typically matched with your passion.
July 18, 2014 | Andy Northrop | What do you get when you combine service with travel and volunteering with tourism?
July 18, 2014 | Nick Baumgart | Investigate alternatives to ammo shortage in 4-H shooting sports.
July 18, 2014 | Jake DeDecker | The pigs you’re taking to your county fair maybe growing faster than normal this summer.
July 16, 2014 | Kendra Moyses | Life skills help youth navigate life successfully. Learning how to set goals and work to achieve them is one of the skills that youth need to learn.
July 16, 2014 | Sheila Urban Smith | Make the most out of your family's visit to the summer fair.
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Date: Jul 28, 2014 - Aug 1, 2014
Location: Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center, White Lake Road, 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386
Date: Jul 28, 2014
Location: 4-H Children’s Garden, Michigan State University, 1066 Bogue St., East Lansing, MI
Date: Aug 1, 2014
Location: Clare County Fairgrounds, Small Animal Tent, 418 N Fairlane Rd, Harrison, MI 48625
- 4-H Animal & Vet Science Camp
- 4-H Capitol Experience
- 4-H Career Exploration
- 4-H Citizenship & Service
- 4-H Cloverbuds (Ages 5-8)
- 4-H Exploration Days
- 4-H Financial Education & Entrepreneurship Resources
- 4-H Food, Health & Well-Being
- 4-H Global & Cultural programs
- 4-H Military Family Programs
- 4-H Renewable Energy Camp
- 4-H Shooting Sports
- 4-H Youth Mentoring
- Becoming a 4-H volunteer
- Character Education
- Inclusive 4-H
- Life of Lake Superior Youth Program
- Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council
- Revolution of Responsibility