This program is an opportunity to present and exchange new ideas, activities, approaches and best practices in the rabbit and cavy industry.
Learn general care of animals while coming face to face with them.
Learn about animal care from 4-H youth.
Trick o' treating, hayrides, haunted cabins & trail, crafts, Halloween games, costume contest, 5K run/walk, food and more!
This conference provides continuing education for current 4-H PEP Program certified instructors.
The conference provides judges with updates in riding styles, class scoring, breed differences in events, and techniques to be better communication.
This one-day event open to all Michigan 4-H members is held annually at MSU in East Lansing, MI. Free to public in the MSU Pavilion Exhibit Area.
Explore animal systems and learn about animal health for a broad array of animal species.
This workshop is designed for both youth and adult leaders who are involved with beef cattle, sheep and swine projects.
Learn about real-world dairy management topics, like nutrition, reproduction, welfare, health, and dairy cattle evaluation.
Think you have to live on or near a farm to work with animals in 4-H?
Lots of people think 4-H is all about living on a farm and raising a cow or a pig, taking it to fair, winning a blue ribbon and maybe selling the animal to earn money for college. For some youth, that’s true, although there’s a lot more to it than that!
But thousands of kids in 4-H work with animals and have never set foot on a farm. They’re working with dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, birds, fish, snakes, turtles—you name it. Not only do you get to be with animals that make great companions, you’ll understand them so much better when you learn about what to feed them, how to train them and how to enhance their environment. By the way, all of those things? That’s why it’s called animal science!
Caring for an animal is a big deal, so you’ll definitely learn to be responsible. If you could use a boost in confidence and want to get better at communicating, working with an animal could be right up your alley. And there’s nothing like working with an animal to help you feel connected to another living being.
It can be fantastic, but it can also be hard. Seeing an animal being born is like….wow! Losing an animal friend could hurt, though. It’s all part of life, and working with animals let’s you learn to cope with all kinds of experiences.
For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:
Melissa Elischer, 4-H Dairy Educator
Phone: (517) 432-4306
Katie Ockert, 4-H Animal Science Educator
Phone: (517) 432-5270
Julie Thelen, 4-H Livestock and Veterinary Science Educator
Karen Waite, 4-H Equine Specialist
Phone: 517-432-0383 or
Taylor Fabus, Instructor