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



Michigan 4-H Goat Science Teen and Adult Volunteer Workshop

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

4-H adult leaders and teen leaders (13 years as of January 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.

•    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.

Visit the 4-H Goat Leaders Workshop registration page for more information.

MI 4-H Telling Your Story Workshop

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

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.

•    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 AT&T.

Visit the 4-H Telling Your Story Workshop registration page for more information.


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

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

Youth aged 12 by January 1, 2015 and adults will be energized at this workshop with new ideas for working with youth in arts, crafts, sewing and textile projects. This is a combined workshop of the previous Visual Arts and Crafts workshop and the Clothing and Textiles workshop. Class sessions will explore how entrepreneurship, career development, science and leadership are a part of creative arts. Classes will include these and many more: beginning fused glass, fashion illustration, paper bead making, making t-shirt quilt, glass etching, recyclable runaway, arm knitting, 1600 in a quilt, create a crazy creature, locker hooking with fabric, quilt sampler, beginning sewing, and a Stonehedge Fiber Mill tour.

Registration coming soon!


4-H Proud Equestrian Program Instructor Update

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

This conference provides continuing education for current 4-H PEP Program certified instructors. Attendance is required at either the Fall 2013 or Fall 2014 Instructor Update to maintain 4-H PEP Program Instructor status in 2015. The program is also open to PATH (formerly NARHA) certified instructors and those interested in therapeutic riding.

Sessions include topics related to instructing therapeutic riding, working with youth with special needs and horse management and care are included in the program.

Open to 4-H Proud Equestrian Program Instructors or Instructors in Training. The program is also open to NARHA/PATH certified instructors and those with an interest in therapeutic riding.

Registration coming soon!

2014 Michigan 4-H Poultry Science Teen and Adult Workshop

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

This workshop is for adult and teen leaders (13 years and older). Staff is also welcome. The workshop will cover several poultry science related topics such as nutrition, care and management, show techniques, entrepreneurship opportunities and careers.

Registration coming soon!

2014 Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders’ Conference

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

This workshop is designed for both youth and adult leaders who are involved with county 4-H Horse Programs. Topics include updates on current subject matter in the horse area and information to assist leaders in youth development, leadership skills for youth, youth activities, and opportunities beyond a county program. Interaction with leaders from different counties is encouraged, for exchanging of ideas and programs and meeting other volunteers in the same interest area. Participants are expected to share the information and experiences gained at this conference with fellow 4-Hers in their counties.

Registration coming soon!

4-H Advisory Group Retreat

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

Refocus, Reorganize, Re-energize your local 4-H advisory group (council or project committee) at this informative retreat-style conference. Learn best practices from other advisory groups and state experts in order to improve your groups’ effectiveness, teamwork, and empowerment of youth. Retreat is open to all 4-H youth and adult volunteers serving on 4-H advisory groups. Individual registrations are accepted, but groups will gain the most by sending a team to the retreat. Groups of registering 5 or more members will receive one free registration.

Registration coming soon!

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 to12 years old. Youth spend 2 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.


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