Build Your Future: Choices...Connections...Careers Curriculum Training
Learn how to implement this new National 4-H curriculum focusing on career exploration and workforce preparation in your club, school or community group. The "Build Your Future" curriculum helps teens investigate career interests, identify goals, develop employability skills and explore postsecondary education options and sources of funding. Nine engaging chapters provide a fun structure to help teens learn about their choices, make important connections and plan successful, meaningful careers. Who should attend? Thanks to a 4-H Participation Fee Grant, this training is only $30 and includes 1) A full curriculum, both the Facilitator Guide and Career Journal, a $23.95 value; 2) A curriculum toolkit with pre-cut/printed materials and tools needed to implement the curriculum with ease, a $90 value; 3) Refreshments.
The training is Monday, May 4, 2015, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Max Thompson Community Center, 11370 Hupp (corner of Hupp and Marmon), Warren. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/BYFgrant/ For more information, contact Kathy Jamieson: at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-469-6093.
County 4-H Outdoorama is Saturday, May 30
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.
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
Pre-registration is required. See flyer & registration form for more details.
Teen & Adult Volunteers Needed for 4-H Outdoorama
Teen and adult volunteers are needed for Outdoorama on May 30th. Help as group leaders, helpers for registration/check-in, servers for lunch, and much more! An orientation meeting for volunteers is Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 pm at Camp Rotary during the Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee meeting. Please contact the 4-H office at 586-469-6431 or Macomb.email@example.com to get on the volunteer list.
Students Producing Awesome Robust Communities (SPARC)
Did you know tourism is Michigan's 2nd largest industry? Are you interested in developing creative ideas that could become a booming business venture, attracting new customers and tourist to your community? Join other like-minded students (college and high school) for a high energy day to learn how to grow your idea so you can sell the Next Big Thing. Get ready to create some S.P.A.R.C. in Flint on Saturday, April 18, 2015 , from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Genesee County Michigan State University Extension, 605 N. Saginaw, Suite 1-A, Flint, MI 48502. For more information and to register: http://events.anr.msu.edu/SPARC/.
Plant Science on the Road
Plant Science On the Road will be held at Macomb County MSU Extension's new Thompson Center location, 11370 Hupp, Warren, from 10 a.m.-noon on May 2, 2015. Participants will:
- Learn more about 4-H plant science projects
- Learn how 4-H plant science enhances common core curriculum
- Cloverbud activities (5-8 year olds)
- Soil science activities
- Learn about available resources
- Learn about plant and soil sciences careers
The cost for this workshop is $10 per person. Participants will each receive an activity kit with materials to use with their clubs/groups. Please register at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events . Questions? Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or Macomb.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Butterfly Network Seeks Volunteers
The Michigan Butterfly Network (MiBN) is a statewide butterfly monitoring program that uses volunteer monitors to assess the changing status of our State's butterfly species. We are supported by regional hubs, land managers, local experts, and enthusiasts. All levels of experience are welcome. Training is necessary to become a butterfly monitor. The Kalamazoo Nature Center or your closest regional hub will provide you with training on how to follow the protocol of the Michigan Butterfly Network.
Training workshops are open to anyone, regardless of geographic region. See attached flyer for more information.
The Michigan Butterfly Network is also seeking partner institutions to assist in the operation of a regional hub in Metro Detroit. Some of the key things that we need to operate are:
-Professionals (such as land managers) that can introduce volunteers to monitoring sites or spend an hour or so helping a monitor establish a site. Establishing a monitoring site only needs to be done once.
-Local leaders that can attend or co-facilitate training workshops. Leaders can be from partner institutions, retired professionals, or veteran enthusiasts.
Please visit michiganbutterfly.org for more information on training dates, how to get involved, and information on butterfly field trips planned for 2015.
For more information contact Kyle Bibby - email@example.com
4-H'ers Represent Macomb County at State 4-H Rabbit & Cavy Show
Snaps and kudos to Macomb County's 4-H rabbit project youth who participated in the 2015 State 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Show at Michigan State University on January 30:
Makayla Schramm, Pirates 4-H Club
Makanna Schramm, Pirates 4-H Club
Katelyn Barr, School Section 4-H Club
Nicole Barr, School Section 4-H Club
Courtney Barr, School Section 4-H Club
Cidnee Schramm, K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club
Megan Pollock, K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club
A total of 329 youth from 51 counties across Michigan participated in the competition. Cidnee Schramm earned Best of Breed, Best Opposite Sex, and Reserve In Show with her senior Californian doe, and Best of Breed with her Florida White.
Congratulations to all participants. A complete list of results and show information are available online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/4_h_rabbit_and_cavy_show.
NEW! Supplemental Materials for Michigan 4-H Market Record Books
There are now supplemental materials for the Michigan 4-H Market Record Books! You will find the three levels of books (Beginner Book, Intermediate Book, and Advanced Book) as well as the fourteen new supplements (also attached) online at:
These additional supplemental pages to the record book enhance the educational experience and demonstrate knowledge in other 4-H focus areas through the market animal project such as animal science, youth leadership development, critical thinking and decision making, safety, or career exploration. The following supplemental pages are available:
Save the Date: Michigan 4-H Day at Comerica Park - Friday, May 8th
Join fellow 4-H'ers from across Michigan as we watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, on Friday, May 8th. Your admission includes a Detroit Tigers T-shirt which includes the 4-H Emblem. Game Day packages include ticket and shirt
Skyline Package - $18.00
Upper Box Infield Package = $31.00
For further information contact: Glenda Weiss firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-729-3632 Ext. 101
2015 4-H Renewable Energy Camp
Are you into science, natural resources, and renewable energy? Do you like to brainstorm ideas and conduct experiments? Do you like to have fun and meet other young people from around the State? If you are a teen, age 13 to 19 years old and are looking for something to do this summer and answered the questions with yes, then the 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is for you!
This five day, pre-college program held at Michigan State UniversityJuly 6-10, 2015, explores ideas, research and opportunities in the field of energy as they relate to natural resources and agriculture. Campers will be exposed to bio-fuels, solar and wind energy, and will select one of three tracks to focus on during camp.
While staying in a campus dorm, experiencing campus life and enjoying a mix of recreational opportunities and learning experiences, youth will:
- Conduct their own experiments
- Create their own bio-fuel
- Meet the MSU Solar Racing Car Racing team
- Touring a wind farm and commercial ethanol plant to see how alternative energy sources are created.
- Interacting with leading scientists and engineers
- Designing, building and testing a solar powered car
- Touring the Michigan State University Breslin Center
- Earn a digital badge for the knowledge they learn and apply at Renewable Energy Camp and within their track.
To apply for the camp, complete the 2015 4-H Renewable Energy Camp application packet and submit it by May 1 to Laura Potter-Niesen, 4-H Youth Development, 446 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824. For more camp information and to download a registration form please visit http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4_h_renewable_energy_camp
The 2015 cost of the camp is $190.00 per registrant ($200.00 for youth who are not 4-H membes), which includes lodging, meals, field-trip transportation and materials.
For more information you can also contact 4-H staff in your local MSU Extension Office, or Insa Raymond, Renewable Energy Camp Coordinator, at email@example.com, or at 517-439-9301.
2015 4-H & FFA Thumb Jackpot Beef Show
The 24th Annual 4-H & FFA Thumb Jackpot Beef Show is Saturday, April 25 in Armada. 4-H & FFA beef project members in Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola, Lapeer, St. Clair, Oakland, and Macomb counties are eligible to enter. The Family Night Social will take place on Friday night, April 24 from 5:30-8:00 pm. Please see the flyer for more information, rules, and the entry form. Entry fees are $20 per head and entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 10, 2015.
Norma Agnew Memorial 4-H Hairy Horse Show & EHV-1
As many of you are aware, on Saturday, March 21, a Michigan horse was euthanized as a result of infection with the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1). This horse had predominantly participated in barrel racing events in southern Michigan. Many of you are likely to get calls or questions from your 4-H Horse and Pony Project families in the coming days.
While at this time, we only have one confirmed case in Michigan, EHV-1 is highly contagious, and one effective means of preventing the spread of the disease is to limit the exposure of horses to unfamiliar horses, or horses that have traveled, for a period of time.
At this time, the State Veterinarian of Michigan is NOT suggesting that events should be canceled, however, given that we are in the early stages of this situation, we have made the difficult, and very conservative decision to cancel the Norma Agnew Memorial 4-H Hairy Horse Show scheduled for March 29, 2015 at the MSU Pavilion.
If you have stalls reserved for the Hairy Horse Show, we will provide one of the following options:
1) A full refund.
2) The transfer of your stall reservations to the 4-H Pattern O Rama show scheduled forApril 25, 2015 at the MSU Pavilion. (Note: this event has a similar format to the Hairy Horse Show, but includes pattern classes only)
Please contact Carla McLachlan at 517-432-5402 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not already made arrangements regarding your stalls.
We will continue to monitor the situation going forward, and encourage others to do the same. The following links will provide information on the status of EHV-1 in Michigan, as well as general information about the disease. Should you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.
What the Horse Owner Should Know About Equine Herpes Virus:http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/what_the_horse_owner_should_know_about_equine_herpes_virus_1
Michigan Equine News Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michigan-Equine-News/207949322554205
Michigan Equine News Website
Karen L. Waite, Ph. D. Taylor Fabus, M.S.
Equine Extension Specialist Equine Extension Visiting Instructor
Stock Show University to be held in Sandusky
Stock Show University's Grad Program is a FREE educational clinic open to all stock show youth, compliments of Sullivan Supply. This two-day clinic is hosted by Stock Show U Professors. The Michigan Grad Program will be held on May 9-10 in Sandusky. See flyers for more information.
Stock Show University Grad Program
Michigan Grad Program
4-H Tech Wizards Mentor Training
Join us for 4-H Mentor Training on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9am - 5pm at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road., Bldg #41, Waterford, MI 48328. In this fun, interactive training, participants are trained by 4-H mentoring staff using a research-based curriculum of interactive activities covering topics like Building Strong Mentoring Relationships, Setting Boundaries, Engaging in Positive Communication, Youth Development Principles, and Cultural Competency.
Training is provided in order to give 4-H mentors the proper tools and skills to begin mentoring youth. This one-day training is available to those who have applied to be mentors and anyone interested in becoming a mentor in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. If you are interested, please register at the following link:http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=4HTechWizards0415 . Please register with a valid email address, so a 4-H Mentor application can be sent to you. This application will allow you admittance to the training, breakfast refreshments and lunch.
For information on 4-H Tech Wizards group mentoring in Macomb County, please contact Lisa Kelley at 248-858-1524 or email@example.com.
Free Pet Rabbits
Two rabbits, one is pure Lion Head, male and is all white with pink/purple eyes approx 1 year old and a Lion Head, Neatherland Dwarf Mix female about 1.5 years old. They are great pets and litterbox trained. For more information contact: 586-850-3922 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakland County Jackpot Show
The 2015 Oakland County Jackpot Show is scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Oakland County Fairgrounds in Davisburg. This is a great opportunity to see old friends, make new friends and sharpen your skills for your county fair. This year the event will include a Livestock Judging Clinic and Contest. Livestock judging is the evaluation of an animal's characteristics and making a comparison to other animals and the ideal standard of that particular class. Youth will have the opportunity to learn by evaluating as a group two individuals. Then, the contest portion begins where youth will judge a class of four animals. Swine, sheep and goats will be part of the clinic and contest. For more information, contact Jenny McKay at email@example.com.