This MSU precollege program welcomes youth ages 12-19 to explore their future, try new things and experience college life! During this three-day event, youth will gain confidence and independence through hands-on learning and make friends for a lifetime.

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4-H Exploration Days
June 21-23, 2023

What’s It All About? 

About 2,000 youth (ages 12-19) and chaperones from across Michigan attend annually. 

This fun MSU pre-college program could be the highlight of your summer - it could even change your life! 

4-H Exploration Days registration goes from mid-March through April with session assignments made on a first-come, first-served basis. As you select your session choices, be sure to watch for age restrictions! Age requirements for sessions are based on your age as of January 1.

This MSU pre-college program is designed to: 

  • Increase responsibility, confidence, independence, accountability, problem-solving, decision-making and time management skills. 
  • Increase communication, team work, citizenship, and leadership skills. 
  • Foster ability to meet new people and make new friends from different places and backgrounds. 
  • Develop and expand career and personal interests. 
  • Increase college exploration and access to the Michigan State University campus and its resources. 
  • Develop social and academic skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult. 
  • Give youth opportunities to try things that aren’t available in their county.

What’s it like? 

  • There’ll be more than 100 session choices held on and off campus. You’ll choose two or three for your three-day stay. 
  • You’ll live in a Michigan State University dorm and eat in the cafeteria—just like MSU students do. 
  • Sessions are taught by people who know their stuff, including MSU faculty members, 4-H volunteers and staff members and other experts. 
  • It’s not all sessions! There’s plenty of time for fun, including skating, souvenir shopping, exploring, bowling, basketball—even a great dance Thursday night. 
  • The 2023 cost is $220.  For more information please see the Registration Information page. 
    • The fee includes meals, a shared room in a dorm, sessions and a t-shirt. You may wish to check with your county MSU Extension office to see if scholarship funds are available. 
  • Registration opens Spring 2023. Registration books that show all of the sessions and details on everything happening during Exploration Days will be available online and from county Extension offices in March. 
  • Registration deadlines (usually the end of April) vary by county, so check with your county MSU Extension office. Don’t wait until the deadline though, because popular sessions fill up fast! 
  • Contact the 4-H staff in your county MSU Extension office for more information on 4-H Exploration Days, and any specific details pertaining to your county’s delegation. 
  • COVID-19 Protocols and Guidelines: Michigan 4-H Exploration Days will be following specific COVID-19 guidelines and protocols for participant well-being. As of March 8, 2022, masks are no longer required at MSU Extension or Michigan 4-H programs, events, offices or meeting rooms. This information is subject to change. For the most current information please visit the Together We Will website and the Michigan 4-H Approved Activities website. For more information, review the Overnight Event Participant Agreement and Acknowledgement of Risk which all participants will be required to agree to prior to attending the event.

 

 

2023 4-H EXPLORATION DAYS SCHEDULE

 

WEDNESDAY

7 a.m.– 8:15 a.m. Breakfast for Tuesday Early Arrivals

8 a.m.– 9 a.m.  Chaperone Check-In

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Youth Check-in with County Chaperones 

10:15 a.m. – Noon County Meetings (counties will be preassigned a 30-minute time & location)

11:30 a.m. – 1:30  p.m. Lunch (Green Group 11:30- 12:15 and White Group 12:15 to 1:30)

1:45 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Team Unity Activity 

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Keynote and Welcome Address (Wharton Center)

5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. State Award Celebration (Optional)

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner (Green Group starts at 5:30, White Group starts at 6:00 p.m.)

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. White Group- Chaperone and youth huddle, reflect and plan for evening 

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Green Group-Chaperone and youth huddle, reflect and plan for evening 

7:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Free Time

10:00 p.m. - All Exploration Days participants and adults in residence halls 

10:15 p.m. - Residence Hall doors are locked- will have to re-check in 

10:15 p.m. -11 p.m. Youth/Chaperone Individual/Sm Group Debrief and Stay on Floor when done

11:00 p.m. Participants in Assigned Rooms

Midnight Quiet in Residence Halls

 

THURSDAY

7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Session A/ Session C (All-Day Extended Experience)

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch (Green Group 11:30 to 12:15 and White Group 12:15 to 1:30)

1:30 p.m.– 4:30p.m. Session B/ Session C (All-Day Extended Experience)

5 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner (Green Group starts at 5:30, White Group starts at 6:00pm)

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. White Group- Chaperone and youth huddle, reflect and plan for evening

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Green Group- Chaperone and youth huddle, reflect and plan for evening 

7:00 p.m.– 9:45 p.m.  Dance at IM East, Movie, Evening Snack, and other free time activities 

10:00 p.m. All Exploration Days participants and adults in residence halls 

10:15 p.m. Residence Hall doors are locked- will have to re-check in 

10:15 p.m. - 11 p.m. Youth /Chaperone Individual / Sm Group Debrief and Stay on Floor when done

11:00 p.m. Participants in Assigned Rooms 

Midnight Quiet in Residence Halls

 

FRIDAY

6:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m. Preparation for Check-Out with Chaperones 

7 a.m.–8:15 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m.–11:00 am Session D

11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Check-Out with County Chaperones 

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch (no group assignments)

2 p.m. Residence Halls Locked

 

Questions? 4h.expodays@msu.edu  

 

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 The 4-H Exploration Days Leadership Team

 

Christine Heverly
4h.expodays@msu.edu
Extension Educator
Volunteer Development for 4-H Exploration Days, including training and recruitment

 

Michelle Neff 
4h.expodays@msu.edu
Extension Educator
Lead point of contact for 4-H Exploration Days, including sponsorship and registration

 

Laurie Rivetto
4h.expodays@msu.edu
Extension Educator
Youth Development for 4-H Exploration Days, including session development and youth engagement