4-H Capitol Experience is an annual conference that helps prepare youth for active citizenship by focusing on civic engagement and public policy.


4-H Capitol Experience 

March 12-14, 2023
Downtown Lansing

(Registration will open early January, 2023)

Register Online

Youth in 9th grade through age 19 are invited to attend the 4-H Capitol Experience. You do not need to be a member of 4-H in order to attend the event, but all participants will be asked to enroll in 4-H Online upon completing their event registration.

Youth registrants will select an issue group according to their interests, which will be led by a teen facilitator. Issue groups will provide a space for youth to meet peers from across the state while talking about their ideas and what they learned. Youth will:

  • Meet elected officials
  • Hear from experts in policy representing a broad range of careers
  • Hear from young people who have made a difference in their communities
  • Discuss hot topics important to youth. 

The 2023 registration fees will be $375.00, and include hotel accommodations at the Radisson Hotel in Downtown Lansing. Please contact your local 4-H Program Coordinator or local 4-H office to inquire about local funding opportunities. Scholarships may also be available through your local Farm Bureau office. 


Issue Groups:

Each issue group will be facilitated by a teen steering committee member supported by an MSU Extension staff person. Issue groups will serve as networking and learning groups throughout the event. Participants can choose from:

  • Agriculture
  • Civil Rights
  • Education
  • Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy
  • Health 
  • Law Enforcement and Corrections


Tentative Schedule





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Darren Bagley,  4-H Educator

Email: bagleyda@msu.edu