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.

4-H Exploration Days: Expanded
June 22-24, 2021

A Virtual Experience 

One of many highlights for Michigan 4-H participants and staff each year is 4-H Exploration Days: a three-day event where youth and adults from across the state gather on campus to grow their knowledge and skills. As 4-H families begin to plan for this exciting summer event, it is in the interest of the health and safety of all participants that Michigan State University Extension has made the decision to shift 4-H Exploration Days to a virtual format in 2021. 

During the week of June 21, 2021, MSU Extension will present “4-H Exploration Days: Expanded.” This online opportunity will offer a virtual alternative to the treasured event, alleviating the public health risks associated with gathering more than 2,000 people from throughout the state in one place. The online program will focus on skill development and exploring new experiences. 

MSU Extension remains committed to resuming in-person programming when the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 has lessened. The decision regarding 4-H Exploration Days does not indicate that all 2021 4-H summer programming will be virtual. Rather, the decision reflects on the unique nature of 4-H Exploration Days, an event that brings together participants from across the state to live and learn alongside one another for several days and nights. The size and scope of this event, combined with a number of uncertainties that remain at this point in the novel coronavirus pandemic, led MSU Extension Leadership to make an early decision about a face-to-face 4-H Exploration Days event this year.

Your continued interest in Michigan 4-H programming and your support and understanding of the efforts to protect participant health is appreciated. Mark your calendar to virtually attend “4-H Exploration Days: Expanded” in June!

 The 4-H Exploration Days Leadership Team


Christine Heverly
Extension Educator
Volunteer Development for 4-H Exploration Days, including training and recruitment


Michelle Neff
Extension Educator
Lead point of contact for 4-H Exploration Days, including sponsorship and registration


Laura Potter-Niesen
Educational Program Coordinator 
Logistics of 4-H Exploration Days, including website development

Laurie Rivetto
Extension Educator
Youth Development for 4-H Exploration Days, including session development and youth engagement





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