4-H Volunteer Training Workshops

September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015

Kettunen Center and Kellogg Biological Station

The 2014-15 Michigan 4-H Volunteer Training Series is supported by the Michigan 4-H Foundation with gifts made by donors and supporters like you.

Soon you will be provided a link for the instructions for registration in the Michigan State University ANR Event Registration system.  As descriptions are built into the new system, the URL for registration will also become available on this page.  There will be a unique URL for each workshop.  Also, included is the Code of Conduct/Medical/Media Release form required for all workshop participants.

Michigan State University Extension Participant Age Policy

All state 4-H volunteer training coordinated by state 4-H staff falls into one of the formats listed below:

  • Adult and Teen Volunteer Training – Open to adult and teen volunteer leaders ages 13 and up.
  • Adult-Only Volunteer Training – Open to adult volunteer leaders ages 19 and up.
  • Learning Lab Training – Open to kids in a specific age group who will work on project-related tasks while adults and teens ages 14 and up learn to work with the younger kids.
  • Content-Specific Training – Open to young people and adults in project areas with age limits for safety reasons (such as shooting sports, limited to 4-H’ers ages 16 and up) or subject matter (such as Peer Plus, limited to 4-H’ers ages 14 and up).
  • Family Weekend Workshops – Open to families with children ages 5 to 12.
  • Youth Training – Open to 4-H youth of a specified age range only (such as the 4-H Teen Horse Volunteer Leader Conference). The only adults allowed to register for these workshops are accompanying chaperones.

The workshop format will be set by the state 4-H programming committee and the state 4-H staff members who coordinate the training sessions held at Kettunen Center, Kellogg Biological Station and other Michigan sites. Use a 4-H member’s age by January 1 of the current program year (that is, January 1, 2015) to decide whether he or she is eligible to attend a particular workshop.

Workshop Listing

2014

2015

Michigan 4-H Goat Science Teen and Adult Volunteer Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
4-H adult leaders and teen leaders (13 years as of Jan. 1, 2015 and older) interested in the goat project and who are willing to share the information and experiences gained at the conference with others in their counties. Staff is welcome. We encourage individuals to car pool. Contact your county office for names of other persons attending the workshop.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:
•    Gain fun, hands-on 4-H Goat science experiences; learn new ideas for goat projects and other fun activities.
•    Explore science based information in goat management.
•    Enhance youth and volunteers knowledge and skill in the Goat project.
•    Share ideas with others from around the state in the goat project area.

Support for this workshop is provided by donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

MI 4-H Telling Your Story Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Michigan 4-H Tell Your Story Workshop is for volunteers and youth who would like to learn more about how they can construct and share their 4-H story within their greater community.  Participants will also be able to take back the knowledge gained to their 4-H clubs and groups to help others learn how to communicate with stakeholders through public speaking, filmmaking, photography and social media. 

This workshop is open to 4-H leaders and members who are 12 and older by Jan. 1, 2015. Counties must send one adult chaperone for every five youth delegates of the same gender attending the conference. Adult chaperones and volunteers need to have completed the volunteer selection process in their county. We are asking that each county group have one adult identified as the head chaperone for the weekend.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:
•    Learn new ways to share your 4-H story through public speaking, filmmaking, photography and social media.
•    Learn how to craft your 4-H story and get the word out to your greater community.
•    Share your learning with others in your local clubs and community

Support for this workshop is provided by donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

4-H Visual Arts, Crafts, Sewing and Textiles Workshop


Location: Kettenen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The conference is open to teens, 4-H members and non-members aged 12 (by Jan. 1, 2015) and older. The conference is also open to 4-H staff, adult 4-H volunteers and adults who work with youth in a variety of educational settings. The 2014 conference is for individuals who are willing to re-teach the skills they learn and knowledge they gain in their communities. 

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:
The 2014 4-H Visual Arts, Crafts, Sewing and Textiles Workshop objectives are for participants to:
1.    Get energized with lots of new ideas for working with youth in visual arts, crafts, sewing and textile projects.
2.    Learn how youth can develop life skills by participating in the arts.
3.    Support and encourage creativity in 4-H projects.
4.    Discover how leadership, citizenship, entrepreneurship, career development, and science skill development can be a part of your projects.
5.    Meet and share ideas with 4-H teen and adult volunteers from around the state
6.    Develop a county plan of action for using the new knowledge and skills back home.

Support for this workshop is provided by donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

4-H Proud Equestrian Program Instructor Update


Location: W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This is a workshop strictly for therapeutic riding instructor and therapists working with therapeutic riding programs. All 4-H instructors certified before Jan. 1, 2014 are required to attend either the November 2013 or the October 2014 workshop in order to be approved to teach a 4-H PEP program in Michigan: Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2015.

OBJECTIVE:
•    To provide continuing education for 4-H PEP Certified Instructors and others involved in therapeutic riding activities.

Support for this workshop is provided by the James H. and Dorothy A. Anderson Endowment of the Michigan 4-H Foundation and the Accident Fund Holdings, Inc.

2014 Michigan 4-H Poultry Science Teen and Adult Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
4-H adult leaders and teen leaders (13 years as of Jan. 1, 2015 and older) interested in the poultry project and who are willing to share the information and experiences gained at the conference with others in their counties. Staff is welcome. We encourage individuals to car pool. Contact your county office for names of other persons attending the workshop.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:
•    Gain fun, hands-on 4-H poultry science experiences; learn new ideas for goat projects and other fun activities.
•    Explore science based information in poultry management.
•    Enhance youth and volunteers knowledge and skill in the poultry project.
•    Share ideas with others from around the state in the poultry project area.

Support for this workshop is provided by the Howard Zindel Memorial Endowment Fund and other donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

2014 Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders’ Conference


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Older Youth (teen leaders—ages 14 to 19 (as of January 1, 2015) and adult volunteers (chaperones) interested in the 4-H Horse Project and activities. Those who attend should be willing to share the information and experience gained at the conference with others in their counties. Counties are encouraged to give first priority to new leaders and teen leaders, or those for whom this is their first Kettunen Center Conference.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:

  • To present information and ideas for club meetings and activities
  • To provide subject matter that will help 4-H teen horse leaders become more effective leaders
  • To exchange ideas on 4-H horse programs and events
  • To provide an opportunity to meet 4-H members and leaders from other parts of the state

Support for this workshop is provided by donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

4-H Advisory Group Retreat


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

Who should attend?
4-H adult leaders and teen leaders currently serving on 4-H advisory groups, councils or committees, or those interested in serving in this capacity in the future and who are willing to share the information and experiences gained at the conference with others in their counties.  Staff is welcome.  We encourage individuals to car pool.  Contact your county office for names of other persons attending the workshop.

Conference Objectives:
•    Renew energy and enthusiasm for advisory group purpose.
•    Build a sense of team among advisory group members.
•    Make advisory group meetings focused and productive.  
•    Enhance youth voice on 4-H advisory groups.

Support for this workshop is provided by donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

Who Should Attend?
The conference is open to youth, 4-H members and non-members, aged 12 (by Jan. 1, 2015) and older. The conference is also open to adult 4-H volunteers and MSU Extension youth educators and adults who work with youth in a variety of educational settings. The 2015 conference is for individuals who want to make a difference in their community and are willing to put into action the skills they learn and knowledge they gain.

Workshop Purpose:
The 2015 4-H Teen Leadership & Community Change Conference objectives are for participants to:

  • Develop skills, knowledge and commitment in global citizenship and youth leadership.
  • Give youth and adults the tools to start a citizenship, leadership and service program in their community or build on and enhance existing programs and activities.
  • Discover ways to be an effective club member, leader and officer.
  • Discover how to be a “Youth Leader in a Global World.”
  • Meet and share ideas with 4-H teen and adult volunteers from around the state (and the world!).
  • Develop a county plan of action for using your new knowledge and skills back home.
  • Build skills for exploring and appreciating diversity and multiculturalism.
  • Have fun!

Support for this workshop is provided by the Donald J. and John H. Hawkins Memorial Endowment Fund, the Henning Family Endowment Fund and the Turner-Ousterhout Endowed Fund.

Visit the Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular registration page for more information.

Rest Time Refresher: Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science for Young Children


Location: Webinar

Join MSU Extension’s Early Childhood Education staff for a one-hour online training opportunity held during nap time. Connect through your computer and learn about a variety of topics! Sessions will last 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions and answers. Participants that attend and actively participate will receive a certificate of completion for one training hour emailed directly to them.

Young children are curious, excited, interested in exploring and eager to try new things. Discover ways to encourage that sense of inquiring through hands-on science activities that are simple, inexpensive, safe, and very appropriate for afterschool and 4-H club programs. Learn how to help young children develop problem solving, critical thinking, and communication life skills.

HOW: Once you register a receipt and confirmation will be emailed to you. The link to the online training will be emailed to each paid participant the day before the training.

COST: $5 per person (each person must register separately in order to receive a completion certificate even if participating from the same physical site)

4-H Winterfest


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

4-H Winterfest is a hands-on educational program that is open to youth ages 8 to 12 years old. Youth spend two days learning about many different project areas while meeting youth from around the state. 4-H Winterfest offers participants an opportunity to experience Kettunen Center in an overnight camp setting. Youth participate in hands-on sessions that range from crafts to shooting sports. This event offers an opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying all the Michigan winters have to offer! Youth have the opportunity to go learn new skills, make new friends, while enjoying Michigan winter.

Conference Objectives:
•    Enjoy hands-on interactive and experiential learning activities.
•    Learn how to take your personal best and make it better.
•    Positive youth adult activities.
•    Peer-to-peer positive activities.

Support for this workshop is provided by donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

Visit the 4-H Winterfest registration page for more information.

4-H Veterinary Science Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688

Explore animal systems and learn about animal health for a broad array of animals species. Come prepared to learn from others, share information and experiences, ask questions and quiz veterinarians about their careers. You will also participate in hands-on demonstrations that will teach attendees how to help members recognize healthy, sick, and/or injured animals. Meet other youth and leaders who have developed outstanding veterinary science projects and gain ideas to help others start their own vet science projects. New resources will be provided to all attendees. Open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of Jan. 1, 2015) and older.  

Support for this workshop is provided by GreenStone Farm Credit Services.

Registration coming soon!

4-H Beef, Sheep and Swine Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

This workshop is designed for both teen and adult leaders who are involved with beef cattle, sheep and swine projects. Topics include animal health, management, care and nutrition. In addition, breakout sessions will include livestock and meat evaluation, animal management and more. Interaction with leaders from different counties is encouraged for exchanging of ideas and programs and connecting with other volunteers in the same project areas. The workshop will also offer ways to enhance communication and teaching skills as well as learn about the many opportunities available for those interested in the beef, sheep and swine industries. Resources will be available for all attendees. Open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of Jan. 1, 2015) and older.

Support for this workshop is provided by GreenStone Farm Credit Services and the Michigan Pork Producers Association.

Registration coming soon!

Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

Do you have an interest in learning more about the dairy industry in Michigan? Whether you’ve just started learning about dairy cows or grew up on a dairy farm, this is the conference for you! You’ll learn about real-world dairy management topics, like nutrition, reproduction, welfare, health, and dairy cattle evaluation. You will also have a chance to practice for the state dairy skill-a-thon and quiz bowl contests and tour a nearby farm. Experts from the dairy industry and Michigan State University will lead educational, hands-on sessions about dairy management to bring the learning to life! This conference is open to youth ages 11-18 as of Jan. 1, 2015.

Support for this workshop is provided by donors to the American Dairy Association of Michigan and the Michigan Milk Producers Association.

Registration coming soon!

MI 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

This Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification workshop is for 4-H staff, adult 4-H volunteers who have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process with their county, and teens enrolled in a 4-H shooting sports club who are at least 16 years old as of Jan. 1, 2015. Participants must be approved by their county MSU Extension 4-H Staff person to work with 4-H Shooting Sports Programs and have at least a basic working knowledge of, and experience in the discipline in which they wish to participate. Disciplines offered will include shotgun, rifle (BB, .22, air/pellet), archery, muzzleloading, and hunting and wildlife.

Participants will learn about the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports mission, policies, risk management, safety, discipline specific equipment use and care, how to teach shooting fundamentals to youth, range set-up, and more. Participants will also develop and improve skills in teaching shooting sports activities to youth; learn how to develop, expand, and maintain local 4-H Shooting Sports clubs/programs; have the opportunity to exchange ideas for local and State 4-H Shooting Sports programs with volunteers from many counties; and develop renewed respect and concern for safety in the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Adults who successfully complete the workshop and all other requirements will receive certification as a Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor for the discipline in which they participated. Only 4-H certified instructors can lead live-fire, on-range shooting and archery experiences for youth and/or in 4-H Shooting Sports programs.

Support for this workshop is provided by the Hal and Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation.

Registration coming soon!

4-H Mentoring Weekend


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 48688

4-H Mentoring Weekend is a 3-day workshop for adults and youth who are in a mentoring program through 4-H and other youth mentoring organizations. Mentoring program staff are also welcome to attend. The weekend offers activities to mentoring matches with a focus on science, outdoor education, healthy living, and meaningful service in order to strengthen the mentoring relationship. This year’s theme is Building Life Skills. Mentors are also provided with structured training that aims to build the mentoring relationship.

Support for this workshop is provided by the Westrate Family Fund and other donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

Registration coming soon!

4-H Family Fun Weekend


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

Explore all that 4-H has to offer! This weekend will be action-packed and full of new experiences for the entire family. Youth, ages 5-8, and their parent/guardian/caregiver are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about 4-H! Sessions will provide youth with opportunities to learn about 4-H projects and life skills, the Four-H’s of 4-H, and other Michigan activities and events for 5-8 year old youth involved in 4-H. Parents/guardians/caregivers who attend will learn about 4-H programming specifically designed for the 5-8 year old audience, how to make the most of 4-H experiences, and Michigan 4-H facilities, workshops, and programs. Families will learn and grow together while exploring Kettunen Center and 4-H!

Support for this workshop is provided by donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

Registration coming soon!

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