Events

Set up experiments to study the animals that live at the sanctuary. Each day will be different - amphibians, reptiles, insects and more.

Youth in 7 - 8 grade will explore science, team building and practice leadership skills.

In the livestock judging contest, participants can enhance their livestock evaluation and selection skills, as well as improve their communication and decision making skills.

Sparta Town and Country Days 4-H Goat Show, Guest Judge: Ms. Nicole Osban

Water is an important resource for people and animals. Each day youth will learn about the animals that live in aquatic environments.

Join 4-H for a fun family day at the garden!

A 3-day show for youth, engaging youth with poultry and rabbit projects to practice fitting,showing and judging process.

Flight is an amazing super power that birds and insects have. Each day learn about animals that can fly and set up experiments to learn more about how flight works.

This show offers agility, showmanship, obedience and service dog classes. 4-H members aged 9 to 19 can exhibit up to 2 dogs of any breed. Spectators welcome!

This camp offers hands-on learning activities, crafts, and active play throughout the day while providing a positive and collaborative atmosphere where Cloverbuds can thrive.

Animal Science

Think you have to live on or near a farm to work with animals in 4-H?

4-H Animal ScienceLots 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.

Contact

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
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Phone: (517) 432-4306

Katie Ockert, 4-H Animal Science Educator
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Phone: (517) 432-5270

Julie Thelen, 4-H Livestock and Veterinary Science Educator
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Phone: 517-432-1626

Karen Waite, 4-H Equine Specialist
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Phone: 517-432-0383 or

Taylor Fabus, Instructor
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Phone: 517-353-1748

Upcoming Department of Animal Science events

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