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  • Wild Spartans: Searching for Vernal Pools with Yu Man Lee

    Published on March 9, 2021

    In this episode, we will take a dive into the springtime ephemeral pools in the woods to discover the treasures within! We will talk to a herpetologist about researching and conserving amphibians and reptiles. Meet Yu Man Lee, Conservation Scientist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there.

  • Wild Spartans: Raptor Conservation with Libby Mojica

    Published on January 12, 2021

    In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, we take to the skies to talk to an ornithologist about the raptors that inspire us! Learn about researching, protecting, and conserving raptors that soar our skies. Meet EDM wildlife biologist, Libby Mojica, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there as she discusses “Raptor Conservation and Management: Working with Birds of Prey in Cities and Wildlands.”

  • Wild Spartans: Invasive Species with Taylor Haas

    Published on December 8, 2020

    In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, we go upstream to learn about sea lamprey, an oceanic species invading the Great Lakes. Meet MSU graduate researcher, Taylor Haas, learn about his field work, and the education and career path he followed to get there in his presentation, “Invasive Species and I: A Scientist’s Tale of Working with Wildlife from Elsewhere”.

  • Wild Spartans: Science in Zookeeping & Conservation with Caitlin Mack

    Published on November 10, 2020

    In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, we head to the sub-Sahara to learn about African painted (wild) dogs. Meet MSU graduate researcher, Caitlin Mack, learn about her work on the social behavior and conservation of these rare carnivores, and the education and career path she followed as she discusses “Science in Zookeeping and Conservation.”

  • Ready, Aim... Targeting Life Skills Through 4-H Shooting Sports

    Published on November 5, 2020

    4-H Shooting Sports is one of the largest project areas in Michigan and nationwide. Learn how program priorities provide for a safe and meaningful member experience. This 2-minute video provides an overview of the shooting sports project area, helpful as a starting point for volunteers, staff, and stakeholders new to this 4-H project area.

  • Wild Spartans: Protecting Michigan's Bats with John DePue

    Published on October 26, 2020

    In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, meet Michigan DNR biologist, John DePue, learn about his field work, and his education and career path as he shares his work "Protecting Michigan's Bats."

  • Life of the Straits: Mackinac Island

    Published on August 13, 2020

    Mackinac Island is the most popular tourist destination in Michigan with more than 1 million visitors each year.

  • Life of the Straits: Michilimackinac

    Published on August 6, 2020

    In this edition of the Life of the Straits we have been given exclusive access by the Mackinac Historic Parks to film the highlights from one of the state’s most engaging and interesting historical sites: Michilimackinac

  • Life of the Straits: Les Cheneaux

    Published on July 30, 2020

    Have you ever wanted to visit the mystical land of Narnia? Well you’re in luck, because in this edition of Life of the Straits we explore the Les Cheneaux area home to a number of amazing features including an area locals call Narnia.

  • Life of the Straits: Lighthouses

    Published on July 23, 2020

    Lighthouses have both fascinated and guided folks from water to safe shores for hundreds of years. In this edition of Life of the Straits, Presque Isle County 4-H Program Coordinator Kaelie Fessler introduces us to the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse.

  • Life of the Straits: Inland Waterway

    Published on July 16, 2020

    On this edition of Life of the Straits, Cheboygan County 4-H Program Coordinator, Leigh Ann Theunick, takes us on an aquatic adventure through the Inland Waterway!

  • 4-H Ocean Explorers: Orcas - Pandas of the Sea

    Published on July 2, 2020

    Join us as we learn about orcas! In this engaging presentation, a 4-H volunteer who works as a marine science educator at a major U.S. aquarium will teach us about orca habitats, food, families and communities!

  • 4-H Ocean Explorers: Seahorses - Spiny Superdads

    Published on July 2, 2020

    Join as we learn about seahorses! A 4-H volunteer who works as a marine science educator at a major U.S. aquarium will teach us all about seahorses in this engaging lesson, including where they live, what they eat, why they're superdads, and whether they are a fish, a horse, or something else entirely!

  • 4-H Ocean Explorers: Narwhals - Unicorns of the Ocean

    Published on May 14, 2020

    Discover the life cycle, habitat, and myths surrounding Narwhals. Presenter is a 4-H volunteer who works as a marine science educator at a major U.S. aquarium.

  • 4-H Ocean Explorers: What's in a Tide Pool?

    Published on May 7, 2020

    Join us as we learn about the diversity of life found in tide pools! In this engaging presentation, a marine science educator will discuss tide pool communities!

  • 4-H Ocean Explorers: Life Cycle of a Sea Turtle

    Published on April 30, 2020

    Discover more about sea turtles, their life cycles, habitat and needs. Presenter is a 4-H volunteer who works at a major US aquarium as a marine science educator.

  • 4-H Children's Garden Online Butterfly School

    Published on March 20, 2020

    Make a virtual visit to our 2020 "Butterfly School" at the 4-H Children's Gardens at MSU. In addition to the video, this series of activities will help youth learn about butterflies and earn a Butterfly Friend certificate.

  • Starting a Leaf Collection

    Start a leaf collection! Join Michigan State University Extension 4-H  Program Coordinator Seth Martin to learn how to select and preserve leaves to start a leaf collection. 

  • 4-H Children's Garden Virtual Tour

    A June walk through the 4-H Children's Garden with Dr. Norm.

  • Butterflies in the Garden Virtual Tour

    A virtual tour of the Indoor 4-H Children's Garden and Butterflies in the Garden.