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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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. 

  • 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: 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: 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."

  • 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: 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: 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Crafts Around the World Series Polish Wycinanki: Traditional cut-paper

    Published on September 21, 2020
    This activity provides youth the opportunity to learn about cultural activities as well as practice traditional cut-paper.

  • BeLEAF It or Not! 4: Logging Products

    Published on June 24, 2019
    The thousands of different renewable forest products all begin with standing trees in the forest. Loggers manufacture a set of raw products from those standing trees, which they purchase from forest owners.