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
June 22-24, 2022

Registration will be open Spring of 2022.


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 Universitycampus 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 2022 cost hasn’t been determined yet. 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 2022. 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 officefor more information on 4-H Exploration Days, and any specific details pertaining to your county’s delegation. 






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

8 a.m.–11 a.m. Check-In

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

11:15 a.m.–1:30  p.m. Lunch 

1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. State Award Presentation

2:45 pm- 4:30 p.m. Large Group Session/Keynote

4:45 p.m.–5 p.m. Youth/Chaperone County Meeting

5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Dinner

7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Team Unity, Relationship Building/Reflection 

8:30- 10 p.m. Free time with  Evening Activities

10-11 pm. Youth/Chaperone Individual/Sm Group Debrief

11:15 p.m. Participants in Assigned Rooms

Midnight Quiet in Residence Halls



7 a.m.–8:15 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Session A/ Session C 

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m.– 4:30p.m. Session B/ Session C

5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Dinner

6:30 p.m.- 7pm County Huddle and Evening Planning

7:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Dance at IM East, and other evening activities

10pm -11:00pm. Youth/Chaperone Individual/Sm Group Debrief

11:15 p.m. Participants in Assigned Rooms

Midnight Quiet in Residence Halls


6:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m. Check-Out

7 a.m.–8:15 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m.–11:00 am Session D

11:45 p.m. -1 p.m. Check-Out

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch

2 p.m. Residence Halls Locked




 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


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