Michigan State University’s campus was bustling with youth from all over Michigan including area 4-H youth, Evan Christoffersen, Fawn Muraske, Gracie Muraske, and Hope Parshall as part of 4-H Exploration Days held June 22 – 24. The annual event is Michigan State University’s largest pre-college program, attended by youth and adult chaperones from across Michigan. The theme was Explore your Spark!
Youth selected from nearly 200 hands-on sessions and fieldtrips in content areas such as animal and veterinary science, business and entrepreneurship, careers, environmental education, food and nutrition, fitness, international language and culture, money management, performing and visual arts, and science, engineering, and technology for this 3-day event.
Keynote speaker, and inspiring author, poet, podcaster, Tanner Olson opened the event with his message about kindness, trust, words, and courage through telling personal stories and sharing poetry. His stories have challenged tens of thousands of kids across the nation to build a better world.
When not in sessions, participants had the opportunity to visit the MSU Breslin Center, Abrams Planetarium, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, 4-H Children’s Gardens, MSU Animal Teaching and Research Centers, and a variety of campus museums to name a few.
4-H Exploration Days is made possible through a grant from the Gerber Foundation and support from Newaygo 4-H Council. For more information about the Newaygo County 4-H program contact Laurie Platte Breza, 4-H program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 231-928-1056.