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  • MSU Tollgate Farm Follow the Nutrient Trail: Chickens and the Nutrient Cycle

    Published on August 12, 2020

    Visit MSU Tollgate Farm and explore the nutrient cycle on the farm and the role that our chickens play.

  • 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.

  • MSU Tollgate Farm Follow the Nutrient Trail: What's Inside an Egg?

    Published on August 23, 2020

    What's inside an egg? Follow MSU Tollgate Farm as we explore the parts inside an egg.

  • 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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.

  • Antique Tractors

    Published on November 24, 2020

    The St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association has volunteered antique tractors and drivers to pull 3rd grade classes on an old-fashioned hay wagon ride as part of the Ag-Citing Experience at the St. Joseph County (Michigan) Grange Fair each year. Since the fair was cancelled in 2020, we wanted to give everyone a chance to see these antique tractors and other farm equipment in action.

  • 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. 

  • BeLEAF It or Not! 9: Jack Pine - Ugly but interesting

    Published on June 26, 2019
    Jack pine trees and jack pine forest types are common on the poorer sandy soils of the Lake States. Few other trees and forests can successfully occupy these sites.

  • Michigan 4-H Project Snapshot Sheets

    Published on March 2, 2015
    The 4-H snapshot sheet series covers what 4-H’ers can learn from projects, ways to get involved and resources for learning more.

  • Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science Activities for Young Minds

    Published on November 22, 2016
    Learn ideas for facilitating science with young children so they gain important life skills and experience the excitement of science exploration.

  • BeLEAF It or Not! 1: How does a tree grow? Hint: it's not what you think!

    Published on June 24, 2019
    How do trees grow? The answer may surprise you. Photosynthesis and respiration produce wood, and all the other parts of a tree. Twigs and roots elongate from growth tissue at the tips, and grow wider from growth tissue under the bark.

  • Teaching Science When You Don’t Know Diddly-Squat Series

    Published on March 2, 2017
    You do not need all the answers to teach science. You simply need an inquisitive mind and to be willing to carry out an investigation. Learn how to teach inquiry-based science to youth with any of these lesson guides!

  • BeLEAF It or Not! 5: How to identify trees - Part 1 of 2

    Published on June 24, 2019
    Tree identification is a popular hobby and one of the first steps in better understanding our forests. Part 1 of "How to Identify Trees" focuses on various identification characteristics, such as bark, buds, fruits, and leaves.

  • BeLEAF It or Not! 8: Crowns, Trunks and Roots

    Published on June 26, 2019
    Much of what makes a tree is the basic structure and form. The crown (leaves) does the photosynthesis. The trunk provides advantageous height to the crown and transports food and fluids. The roots provide stability and absorb water and nutrients.

  • BeLeaf It or Not! 6: Photosynthesis and Respiration in Trees!

    Published on June 26, 2019
    Trees employ both photosynthesis AND respiration, although some people associate respiration only with animals. Photosynthesis is a chemical process that stores energy (as glucose) and captures carbon & oxygen for tissue construction.