Events

This MSU pre-college program teaches young people about Michigan’s diverse natural resources, environmental science, the Great Lakes ecosystems and management issues.

Scheduled old-fashioned games will be organized for public attending the fair.

Old-fashioned games will be scheduled for the public and 4-H members to participate in.

Arts and Crafts will be done at scheduled times throughout the day.

Thank active military by making cards, bringing in items for care packages.

Attend this networking, learning and recognition banquet to honor the oustanding community achievements of Stewards who have completed the Conservation Stewards Program.

Volunteering

volunteer workshop“I’ve been a part of 4-H my whole life. I preach it, promote it and support it. Its well worth my time.” — A 4-H volunteer

Why become a 4-H volunteer?

  • Inspire and empower youth
  • Meet new people
  • Share what you have learned
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Make a difference
  • Leave a legacy

Volunteers make 4-H happen

Club leaders oversee the operation of a club and coordinate its activities.
Project and activity leaders help 4-H’ers plan and conduct projects and group activities.
Behind-the-scenes volunteers provide support for club activites, events, trainings, etc.
County-level volunteers may assist with after-school programs or help at fairs.
State-level volunteers help with statewide activities and conferences such as Capitol Experience and Exploration Days.

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Just five steps to becoming a 4-H volunteer!

  1. Decide that you have the time and interest to help kids explore and chart positive futures.
  2. Consider volunteering to lead a 4-H group in your community, your local school (before or after school), your church or any other location where there are kids who need positive, committed adult role models in their lives.
  3. Contact your county MSU Extension office to find out about local opportunities for 4-H involvement.
  4. Complete Michigan State University Extension’s Child Well-Being Volunteer Selection Process.
  5. Share your skills, knowledge and talents while having fun with kids, and you’re sure to make a difference in their lives.

How much time, and do I need to be an expert?

You can plan the time you spend in 4-H around your family and job. You don’t have to know a lot about a subject to be a volunteer. Many resources are available to give you a working knowledge of 4-H project areas. Many volunteers learn right along with the youth they work with! MSU Extension provides low-cost materials and workshops for volunteers on an ongoing basis.

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Getting started with your 4-H club or group

Michigan 4-H youth programs are open to youth ages 5 to 19. Although 4-H provides learning materials, events and training in a variety of program areas, the opportunities for 4-H involvement are only restricted by participants’ interests and imaginations. Leaders should survey the youth they work with to decide what projects and activities to pursue. 4-H clubs and groups include at least five members. For more information on specific requirements for registering your 4-H club or group, contact your closest MSU Extension office.

Where to find learning resources

Michigan 4-H Youth Development offers a wide variety of projects and learning opportunities for young people and the adults and older teens who work with them. Look in the Programs area of this website to find statewide resources and events listed by interest area.

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MSU Extension county/district offices

Michigan State University Extension is located in every corner of Michigan. Counties have 4-H youth development staff members to help you volunteer with an existing 4-H club or group or start a new one. Your MSU Extension office is a valuable source of information on learning materials, training and local opportunities for 4-H involvement.

State 4-H volunteer training events

A complete list of annual state 4-H volunteer training events with brief descriptions is available under Events. Most 4-H volunteer training events take place at the state’s premier 4-H leader training facility, Kettunen Center in Tustin, just east of Cadillac. Events are also held on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, at Tollgate Education Center in Novi, just west of Detroit, and at the Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, near Battle Creek. 

4-H Volunteer e-Learning Course

The 4-H Volunteer e-Learning Course is designed to help 4-H volunteers learn basic information about their volunteer duties.

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