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EAST LANSING, MI -- More than 2,500 individuals from 83 Michigan counties attended Michigan State University (MSU) for one of the largest pre-college programs offered anywhere in the United States.  Exploration Days is sponsored by MSU Extension, and it took place on the MSU campus June 22-24.  Thirty-nine Huron County 4-H youth and leaders traveled to East Lansing to participate in 4-H Exploration Days, including eleven new delegates attending for the first-time.

4-H Exploration Days is a youth development conference that helps youth ages 11 to 19 learn new ideas, techniques and skills they can use personally and in their 4-H groups and communities. The 4-H Exploration Days’ environment fosters independence, accountability, decision-making and time management.  It enhances participants’ sense of personal and social responsibility. Youth have numerous opportunities to develop teamwork, cooperation and collaboration skills and meet new people from different places and with different backgrounds from across Michigan.

Participants pre-register, choosing from more than 200 session options, and they attend these sessions throughout their three-day stay.  The sessions offer a wide variety of hands-on opportunities for our youth in subjects that include rocket science, archery, fashion and crafts, performing arts, cooking, environmental studies, entrepreneurialism, mentoring and much more.

Youth can explore their interests and, possibly, consider future career options.  They are housed in MSU residence halls.

To learn more about MSU Extension’s 4-H Exploration Days program, please go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/4h/4_h_exploration_days.  For local information on Exploration Days or any other aspect of 4-H in Huron County, please contact Cathryne Goulet, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 989-269-9949, ext. 609.

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