Tuesday, February 21, 2017

4-H Family Ski Nights

Marquette & Alger County’s 4-H Ski Event!

Friday, February 24, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017

4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
at Marquette Mountain!

$15 Lift Ticket
$10 Equipment Rental

Additional family members pay the same low rate!

You must print and present this flier with coupon to
Marquette Mountain to receive this special rate!

*This fantastic opportunity is made possible by Marquette Mountain*

Just print the flyers below and present the coupon at the ticket counter. We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!!

February 24th Ski Night Flyer
March 10th Ski Night Flyer

Monday, February 20, 2017

2017 MSU 4-H Exploration Days


Registration Books and Forms are now available online (see "Forms" below).  They are also available at the MSU Extension office. Please read the information below carefully so you don't miss anything.

About 4-H Exploration Days
More than 2,500 students and adult chaperons will be on the Michigan State University campus June 21-23 for the 48th annual 4-H Exploration Days. This program is open to 4-H Youth AND non-4-H Youth. Non-members will be invited to enroll in 4-H as part of the registration process. Participants stay in residence halls and attend sessions in their areas of interest such as veterinary medicine, Web design, performing arts, how to start their own business, organic farming, and many more. 214 hands-on classroom and field trip sessions are offered this year. Participants from Marquette County must have turned 12 years old by January 1, 2017 in order to participate in the event. The Marquette County Delegation will leave on Tuesday, June 20th for this event.

Cost and Scholarship Information

Option #1
Option #2
Option #3
Option #4
Current 4-H Members
New and Returning 4-H Members

Full cost with no scholarships
Cost with $40 State 4-H Scholarship applied
Cost with $113 Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship applied
Cost with $40 State 4-H Scholarship AND $113 Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship applied

The options above show the cost for youth to participate in the event. The costs include a $165.00 Exploration Days Registration Fee, a $25.00 early arrival fee, a $70.00 bus fee, and (for youth not currently enrolled in 4-H) a $10.00 Participation Fee. In addition to these fees, participants are also responsible for 3 meals while traveling to and from East Lansing. Some sessions also require that participants pay a "session fee". See registration booklet for more info (these session fees are due along with any balance at the orientation meeting in June).

The Marquette County 4-H Council and the State 4-H Office provide financial assistance to support the participation of Marquette County youth in this event. Youth must complete scholarship applications in order to receive financial assistance. 

Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship
The Marquette County 4-H Council will provide $113.00 scholarships to youth who complete a Marquette County 4-H Council - Exploration Days Scholarship Application Form. The form must be received by the Marquette County MSU Extension office by April 14, 2017 in order for youth to get this scholarship.

State 4-H Scholarship
Each year the State 4-H office awards each county a limited number of Exploration Days Scholarships. These $40 scholarships are to support participation of financially limited youths who would otherwise not attend and to encourage and support youth who have not participated in Exploration Days in the past. If you are new to Exploration Days, please fill out an application. If you have multiple children attending, please fill out an application. These forms are due April 14th, as well.

Registration Instructions and Deadlines
Please note: All participants MUST include 8 session choices on their registration form. You will not be registered unless your form has all 8 session choice lines completed and the $80 registration fee is paid ($90 if you have not yet paid your participation fee). Please make your checks out to MSU. Please be sure to include an email address on your registration form as well. Email is how you will be receiving information about the program.

** Sessions are assigned in the order that registrations are received, so early registration is highly encouraged! **

The deadline for registration is April 26th. Scholarship applications are due April 14, 2017

Orientation Information 

Orientation Meetings
Mark your calendar and save the date!  ALL youth participants and a parent, are required to attend one of these meetings.  I also ask that the chaperons and CCAs attend at least one of these meetings. 
mandatory Exploration Days Orientation meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 30th.  This meeting will be a shorter version of the orientation meeting for individuals who have attended Exploration Days in the past. A mandatory Exploration Days orientation meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 1st. This is the standard orientation meeting, for youth who have not yet been to Exploration Days. Location of both meetings will be determined at a later date. Please put this on your calendars now.

Identification Portfolios
Personal Data Sheet with a current photo will be needed for each youth and adult participant. These sheets will help county conference assistants (CCAs) and chaperones put names and faces together, put all pertinent information in one place and assist with identification and tracking if someone is missing. I encourage you to fill this information out now and submit it with your photo when you hand in your registration forms. You can have both the form and photo ready to hand in at the Orientation Meeting in June as well.


Registration Checklist

Registration Book (entire book)

Forms Only

Personal Data Sheet

For More Information about 4-H Exploration Days please go to The Michigan 4-H Web Page

Friday, February 10, 2017

4-H Camp Information

Please click on this link for the 4-H Camp Brochure.
More information to follow soon!