Campers explore dunes, hike forest trails, wade through wetlands, fish, snorkel and sail on Lake Huron while educators and scientists teach them about the Great Lakes ecosystem.

August 4-10, 2019
Camp Chickagami

Young teens have fun and amazing outdoor hands-on learning experiences as they go charter fishing, snorkeling, sailing, hike through forests, wade through wetlands, explore dunes and more! This really fun MSU pre-college program could be the highlight of your summer - it could even change your life!

Learning sessions and recreation are designed to:

  • Increase teens’ appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoors, natural resources, and science.
  • Increase teens’ knowledge about the Great Lakes, natural resources ecology and management issues.
  • Develop strong attitudinal attachment to Michigan’s unique natural resources and bioregional features.
  • Foster scientifically rooted environmental stewardship.
  • Develop and expand career and personal interests.
  • Develop leadership skills and self-confidence.
  • Increase social and academic skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult.

Download the 2018 Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp brochure. Learn more by reviewing the one-page 2018 impact summary.

Who should attend?

The camp is for teens aged 13 to 15, or going into 8th-10th grades in the fall, who are functioning at grade-level or above. (We use the public school cut-off date for school-year eligibility which is that 2019 campers must be born before 12/01/2006 to be entering 8th grade in the fall.)  You don’t need to be a 4-H member to attend.

So each camper can have the best experience possible, each camper must be able to fully participate in grade-level appropriate small group science learning sessions as well as very active large group recreation. It’s an action-packed week of fun and learning! (Campers who are unable to meet these expectations will be dismissed from camp at the parent/guardians expense.)

Maximum camper capacity is 70 campers, so apply early to increase your chances of getting a spot. Promotional materials and applications will be available in February.

Where is the Camp?

The camp is held at a place called Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle, near the shores of Lake Huron between Alpena and Rogers City. The state-licensed camp has dormitory-style cabins, a dining hall, and toilet and shower facilities. Meals are all prepared by a qualified cook and served right in the dining hall.

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Award Winning Camp!

It's an award winner, but that just tells you it's full of good stuff taught by experts. More important to teens, it's full of fun too and things that'll make you feel good to be doing your part to care for Michigan's environment.

To learn why this camp is one of the top 4-H science programs in the nation, check out the report, "Priming the Pipeline: Lessons from Promising 4-H Science Programs,” from a study conducted as part of the national 4-H Science Initiative evaluation. The report features 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp and seven other nationally recognized 4-H science programs. Program practices are discussed in the following areas: youth outreach and recruitment; staff and science volunteers; professional development; science curricula and pedagogy; youth development and attitudes toward science; partner organizations and resource support; program evaluation; and program sustainability and scale-up.  

To learn more about how this state-licensed camp is managed, review the Policies and Procedures Manual and the Health Service Policy Manual.

Related Programs

Camp Chickagame in Presque Isle County4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp is just one of many 4-H environmental and outdoor education program offerings. For more information, please visit the Environmental and Outdoor Education section of this site.

For information about the pre-college programs offered at MSU, please visit Spartan Youth Programs at You'll find a multitude of programs that can help you develop valuable skills, make new friends and taste college life. 

Sponsors and Partners

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp is sponsored by:


Laura Potter-Niesen, Educational Programs Event Coordinator
Phone: 517-432-2963
Fax: 517-353-4846

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