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May 2015   
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Macomb County 4-H Outdoorama is May 30th

Macomb County 4-H Outdoorama  is fun for kids and adults. Come learn what 4-H has to offer in the outdoors! Sessions include orienteering, fire starting, shelter building, shooting sports, plant and track identification, hiking, and more.This event is open to the public.


When: Saturday, May 30 from 10 am - 3 pm

Where: Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Rd., Ray Township

Who: 4-H members (ages 10-19), leaders, volunteers, and parents

Cost: $5 per participant (youth or adult), which includes lunch

The registration deadline has been extended! Register up to and at the event. See  flyer and registration form for more details.



Are you the next Top 4-H'er?

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Macomb County Top 4-H'er Award! A Top 4-H'er is a self-motivated, enthusiastic leader who promotes 4-H using the skills, knowledge and leadership abilities acquired in 4-H with fellow members, area residents, community leaders, elected officials and non 4-H youth. A Top 4-H'er serves to strengthen the 4-H program through public relations. They are knowledgeable of 4-H, passionate and active in 4-H! Top 4-H'ers become role models for other club and community members as they promote Macomb County 4-H. Registered Macomb County 4-H members are encouraged to apply.


Top 4-H'er applicants must be registered Macomb County 4-H members, ages 13-19, who are willing to increase their knowledge of 4-H programming; learn 4-H history; follow through on commitments; be committed to developing their communication skills; and be enthusiastic and energetic.


Top 4-H'ers will be announced during opening ceremonies at the Armada Fair. Applications are online at http://msue.macombgov.org/?q=MSUE-4H-Resources-Forms, under "Top 4-H'er". Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015, to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, at duraneli@anr.msu.edu or 586-469-6090. 



Youth PQA Plus Training

Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus is the food safety, antibiotic use, and animal well-being awareness and education program for youth pork producers ages 8-19. A Youth PQA Plus training is being offered on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 6-7 p.m. at Grange Hall on the Armada Fairgrounds. Please note that exhibitors showing swine at the Armada Fair may be PQA certified. This certification is not mandatory to show at the fair; it is optional. To register for this free training, call 586-469-6431 or email macomb.4h@macombgov.org by Friday, May 29, 2015.


Richard Wooten

District 11 Coordinator


Kea Norrell-Aitch

4-H Extension Educator


Mark Cowan

Americorps, 4-H Tech Wizards


Elizabeth Duran

4-H Program Coordinator


Kathy Jamieson

4-H Extension Educator


Lisa Kelley

Program Coordinator, 

4-H Tech Wizards


Scott Lakin

Extension Educator, 

4-H Tech Wizards


Marinda Ochs

4-H Program Coordinator

Roberta Busquaert

Computer Maintenance Clerk



(586) 469-6431





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Armada Fair Updates

  • 2015 Theme "Oh the Thinks You Can Think When You Think of 4-H"
  • Looking for superintendents for Photography, all livestock areas except Swine, all horses except Mini-Horse, and Exhibit Barn
  • Fair clean up dates are May 31, 2015 and July 26th, 2015 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please bring anything you think will help, such as rakes, shovels, gardening tools, brooms, garden gloves, etc.
  • Top 4-H'er Award applications are due by July 31, 2015. Top 4-H'er will have only two levels this year, Senior and Intermediate. Applicants, don't miss these dates:
          June 30th - Last day to apply for top 4-H'er on the Armada Fair entry form
          July 31st -  Last day to have application submitted to the Macomb County 4-H office
          August 16th - Top 4-H'er interviews
          August 18th - Top 4-H'ers announced
  • Armada Fair entries accepted June 1-June 30. An important reminder to all leaders is that THEY, the leaders, need to take the entire club's forms to the fair office or mail them to the fair office. No children should be dropping off forms. The Fair Office WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY MAILED ENTRIES FROM INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN. 
  • 4-H books were done in April; leaders can come get their packets.
  • Parent armbands at $25 are still available.
  • Tagging dates are:
    • Swine, Goat, Lamb and Prospect Beef tagging are June 7th from 10 a.m. to Noon
    • Rabbit and Poultry tagging is July 19th from 10 a.m. to Noon.
  • Teen Clerk Sign-Up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4caea82ea3f85-teen2
  • Youth Organization Exhibit Barn Sign-Up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4CAEA82EA3F85-youth/7764562


Exploration Days Reminders

Exploration Days Orientation and balance information have been emailed to participants. Contact Macomb County MSU Extension if you are registered for this event and haven't received your email.


The mandatory 4-H Exploration Days Orientation is at 6:30 p.m. on June 1, 2015 at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036. All participants are required to attend. Please R.S.V.P. to Macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431. 



Exploration Days Instructor Needed

There has been an instructor cancellation for 4-H Exploration Days session #257: Fun with Food, and MSU needs another instructor.  This second half session meets on the afternoon of Thursday, June 25th and the morning of Friday, June 26th.  Here is the session description:


"Create fun, decorative, and edible works of art using fruits, vegetables, nuts, candy, and more! You'll gain food-art ideas for holidays, special events, or just for the fun of it. Age 11 and up."


If you or someone you know is interested in teaching this session, please contact Connie Lange at 

(517) 617-8516 or langec@anr.msu.edu.



Model Rocketry Schedule
Model Rocketry classes will begin with a build class for beginners on Wednesday, June 17th at 6 p.m. at the Armada Senior Center.  It is located at 75400 North Avenue in Armada - just north of town.. Bring Skill Level 1 rocket kit and white glue. Parents should plan on staying to supervise those 4-Hers under age 12.  Please email Mrs. Davis at  Davis_lighthouse@att.net with the following information at least one week before the class: YOUR NAME, AGE, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS . 
All flights will be held at the Ray Township Park on Wolcott Road just north of 29 Mile Road.

   1st  Flight   Wednesday,   July 15th     6:00 p.m.        
   2nd Flight   Wednesday,   July 22nd    6:00 p.m.
   3rd  Flight   Wednesday,   August 5th  6:00 p.m.


Macomb MSUE 4-H Plant Science Program Well-Received

This article appeared in the Make Macomb Your Home Blog on May 22, 2015.


All year, Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development offers educational programs designed to bring a sense of adventure and fun while bringing knowledge to local youth ages 5-19. Most recently, MSU Extension hosted the first of a series of fun, educational events at the Thompson Community Center, the organization's new Warren location. The program, entitled Soil Science, was geared toward educating youth about where their food comes from and how it grows. On Saturday, May 2nd, youth in grades K-5 anxiously arrived at the event prepared to get dirty and learn about plant science. The workshop, led by MSU Horticultural Specialist, Dixie Sanborn, was very interactive with the youth, making them participants rather than recipients of the lessons. Dixie began by telling the youth that by the end of the day they would all walk away with at least five things they did not know before they started. 


Learn they did! They learned that anything with seeds inside and a flesh was a berry, even foods we thought were vegetables like jalapenos. They learned that a strawberry was not a berry! Gasp! They learned what germination was and how to germinate plants from seed, cuttings and cloning. They made and devoured their own salsa. The kids learned what a limited and vital resource our water and soil are. By far the most exciting lesson was how easy and important it is to build a worm box for composting. "This was a great group and, as the kids shouted out answers and asked many questions, I could tell they were engaged," said Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator. By the end of the day the youth all agreed and could list five new things they had learned. Everyone went home happy, excited and with plants in hand.


Feedback about the program was overwhelmingly positive. Michelle Richards, 4-H parent and leader of City Slickers 4-H Club, wrote, "Regarding last Saturday's gardening program, I can't even begin to tell you how complimentary the kids were as we drove home - seriously!  I kept asking what their favorite part was, and they couldn't even name one thing; it was all just amazing to them. The programs you run are outstanding, Lizz."


There are more events planned for Macomb County youth. Coming up on May 30th is the Macomb County 4-H Outdoorama for youth who want to explore some outdoor adventure. Find out more at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/macomb_county_4-h_outdoorama. Registrations will be accepted at the MSU Extension's Clinton Township office until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29th and at Camp Rotary in Ray Township between 9:30 and 10 a.m. on May 30th. Pre-registration is preferred.


In July, there will be two full weeks of 4-H summer day camps. The camps for grades K-5 will be hosted at the Thompson site from July 13 -24. Programming will be centered around Healthy Living, Lego Robotics and Gardening. "This is a wonderful facility with infinite potential" said 4-H Program Coordinator Elizabeth Duran. "We're just getting started."


For more information about these and other events, visit http://msue.macombgov.org/MSUE-4H.




Summer camp registration is now open! 

Summer camp at MSU Tollgate is a fun and exciting opportunity to experience the natural world hands-on. For more information visiwww.tollgate.msu.edu/camps.



FREE Goat Showmanship Clinic Offered

A free goat showmanship clinic is being held at the Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds in Imlay City on Sat., June 20 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The clinic is sponsored by the Lapeer County 4-H Goat Developmental Committee and the Lapeer County 4-H Council. Sign up online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=GoatClinicJune, fill out the registration form, or call the Lapeer County MSU Extension office at 810-667-0343.


Meat rabbits wanted

A young lady wishes to purchase two meat rabbits, one from each gender to raise and breed. If anyone has a couple for sale please contact Sarah  248-515-0941 or  sarahlouisekearns@yahoo.com.


Caution with Poultry: HPAI outbreak includes northeastern Indiana

The current outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza that recently caused the recent cancellation of the Michigan 4-H Poultry Show is a national concern. The disease has impacted 20 states including Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This disease is highly contagious and causes high death losses in flocks. Although there are no cases in Michigan, we are on high alert and strongly recommend that poultry owners maintain the highest level of biosecurity on their farm. While the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has not taken regulatory actions to stop the congregation of birds at events such as shows, MDARD supports the decision of shows to take actions they deem necessary.


The available resources are:








Patches of History Program

Collector patches commemorating historical sites around Macomb County are now available to history buffs and fans of Macomb County alike through the Macomb County Heritage Alliance's "Patches of History" program. It is a wonderful way for 4-H'ers and scouts to show their achievement at learning more about local history, and a way for families to show their hometown pride in Macomb County. 


The program is simple. Just visit any of the locations listed at the bottom of this article and purchase a $2 patch as a token of your visit. Each patch can be purchased during your visit at the corresponding location. A "centerpiece" patch celebrating the Macomb County Heritage Alliance and the completion of the "Patches of History" collection can also be purchased for $3.


The Macomb County Heritage Alliance is a coalition of non-profit organizations committed to preserving the history of communities within Macomb County, Michigan. The mission provides a forum for the collaboration, communication and education of its members and the public. Our purpose is to educate and promote the importance of historic preservation and conservation of the history of Macomb County, Michigan.


The following organizations are participating in the "Patches of History" program: 


Chesterfield Historical Society

Crocker House Museum & Macomb County Historical Society

Lorenzo Cultural Center

New Baltimore Historical Society

Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society

Richmond Area Historical & Genealogical Society

Selfridge Military Air Museum

St. Clair Shores Historical Society

Upton House & Sterling Heights Historical Commission

Warren Historical & Genealogical Society



The 2015 Engineering Exploration Challenge

The Engineering Exploration Challenge invites students who are ages 6-18 to design, build, and test solutions to challenges that National Geographic explorers face in the field every day. Participants may develop solutions as individuals or in groups.


Choose one or more challenge. This year's challenges include Animal Migrations, Telling the Story, and Extreme Environments. Your solution must collect information and use it to decide on an action to take. The submission deadline is August 1, 2015. For more information, see the Engineering Exploration Challenge web page.



Apply Now: Safety in Agriculture for Youth Project Needs Game Testers

4-H gamers are needed! The Safety in Agriculture for Youth Project is seeking 4-H groups ages 13-17 to test the prototype of a learning simulation game about farm safety. Feedback will help to shape the future of this game development. Each group must be supervised by an adult leader, and have access to newer laptop computers and a high speed Internet connection. We will be selecting four groups to participate. The online group size must be 4-6 youth ages 13-17. Others are welcome to observe offline. The testing takes place in June, and will involve a time commitment of two hours. Participants will try the prototype, and give feedback via a short survey and group discussion. Later in the summer the groups will be invited back to see their suggestions incorporated into the simulations. Applications will be accepted until May 29, 2015.


County 4-H Calendar of Events

May 30, 2015

Macomb County 4-H Outdoorama

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township


May 31, 2015

Armada Fair Cleanup

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds


June 1, 2015

4-H Exploration Days Orientation

6:30 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, Clinton Township


June 1-30, 2015

Armada Fair entries accepted from club leaders

Armada Fair Office, Armada


June 2, 2015

PQA Training

6-7 p.m., Armada Fair Grange Hall, Armada


June 7, 2015

Swine, Goat, Lamb & Prospect Beef Tagging

10 a.m.-noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


June 11, 2015

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting (Admin.)


June 20, 2015

4-H Goat Showmanship Clinic

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds, Imlay City


June 22, 2015

Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting


June 23, 2015

Summer Camp begins at Tollgate Farm



June 30, 2015

Last day to add Top 4-H'er to the Armada Fair entry form

July 1, 2015

Top 4-H'er applications due


July 19, 2015

Rabbit & Poultry Tagging

10 a.m.-noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

July 31, 2015
Top 4-H'er applications due to Macomb County MSU Extension
Clinton Township


Statewide 4-H News
Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

4-H Workshops

June 12-14

4-H S.M.O.R.E.S. Conference 

Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville


June 13-14

Wilderness First Aid, 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Class (Contact Nick Baumgart)

Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville

Other 4-H Events

June 6

4-H Rabbit and Cavy Expo  

Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

June 13-20

Citizenship Washington Focus 

National 4-H Center, Chevy Chase, Maryland

June 15

Keep Your Head When You Win and Your Heart When You Lose: Teaching Sportsmanship in Animal Science

Your Computer


June 15-19

4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp 

MSU, East Lansing


June 17-18

MMPA/4-H Milk Marketing Tour (Contact Melissa Elischer)  


June 19-21

State 4-H Trail Ride 

Whiskey Creek Campground, Custer


June 21-26

National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational 

Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, NE

June 24-26

4-H Exploration Days 

MSU, East Lansing


June 27

State 4-H Goat Show 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


July 6-10

4-H Renewable Energy Camp  

MSU Campus, East Lansing


July 16

Michigan 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


July 17-19

4-H Mentoring Weekend

Kettunen Center, Tustin


July 20-24

Michigan Dairy Expo and 4-H Dairy Days (Contact  Melissa Elischer)  

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing 


July 24

Michigan 4-H Meat Judging Contest

Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing


July 27-August 2

North American Envirothon 

Missouri State University, Springfield


For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events