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EAST LANSING, MI -— 4-H Exploration Days is Michigan State University’s (MSU) largest pre-college event, annually attended by 2,500 youth and adult chaperones from across Michigan.

This teen conference will be held June 21-23, 2017, on the MSU campus.

This year’s theme is “Journey to Success.”

4-H Exploration Days gives youth ages 11 to 19 an authentic collegiate experience as they live in MSU residence halls and explore interest areas and career options, increase their awareness and readiness for college, and develop decision-making, independence and teamwork skills.

Participants attend sessions in their areas of interest ranging from veterinary medicine to Web design, performing arts, environmental education and many more.  More than 200 hands-on classroom and field trip sessions are offered.

They also have fun and make friends with people from different backgrounds and areas.  4-H volunteers and staff are on hand to provide oversight and guidance.

When not in action-packed learning sessions, students will have a plethora of recreation and MSU facility tour choices such as the Abrams Planetarium, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 4-H Children’s Garden, MSU Animal Teaching and Research Centers Tour, MSU Bikes, MSU Dairy Store, MSU Museum, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, and swimming.

The dazzling performers of the Detroit Circus specialize in high-flying aerial antics on fabric, trapeze, and lyra (aerial hoop), stilt walking and stilt acrobatics, contortion, juggling, feats of mind-bending strength, and acrobalance.  They’re joined by a variety of circus sideshow acts, too. Come to 4-H Exploration Days to see the amazing Detroit Circus!  You won’t want to miss this show at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday, June 21, at 8 p.m.

You must be registered for 4-H Exploration Days to attend the show.  Plan now to be there.

The registration fee to attend 4-H Exploration Days is $165 for current and active 4-H youth and adult leaders, and $175 for non-4-H youth.  This fee covers meals from Wednesday lunch to Friday lunch, two nights of lodging, all event activities, and a t-shirt.

Registration books are available for pick up at the Huron County MSU Extension Office located within the Huron County Health Department Complex at 1142 S. Van Dyke, Suite 200 in Bad Axe.

The Registration book can also be downloaded at msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/234/74214/Expodays-17-RegBook-WEB-AA.pdf; or go to http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/234/74214/Expodays-17-RegBook-FORMS-WEB-AA.pdf for pdf copies of the Registration and Authorization forms.  All paperwork MUST be turned in to the MSU Extension Office with your initial $80 deposit payable to “MSU.”

Registration starts Tuesday, March 14, at 9 a.m.  Sessions are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis so early registration is encouraged.  The final registration deadline is Wednesday, April 26, 2017, to the MSU Extension Office.

Following their involvement, youth participants in 8th through 10th grades are eligible for nomination to apply for a $2,000 MSU Pre-College Scholarship based on criteria such as attitude, behavior and active participation.

The scholarship is applied toward each recipient’s first-year at MSU as a degree-seeking student.

Here are a several testimonials from some of last year’s participants:

• “Extremely fun! I enjoyed all of my sessions.”

• “It has helped me become more comfortable meeting new people and presenting my ideas.”

• “Exploration Days has helped me feel confident about college.”

• “It has opened my horizons to new ideas and career paths in my future.”

• “It got me ready for living on my own and being independent.”

• “This trip teaches me everyday skills. I also like working with groups and managing social anxiety.”

Did you know…In 2016, 4-H Exploration Days participants reported that they had developed the following life skills as a result of attending the event:

• 93% managing their time;

• 93% following through and completing tasks;

• 93% adapting to new living arrangements;

• 93% accepting people who are different from them;

• 93% making decisions and choices;

• 92% being independent; and

• 91% socializing and making new friends.

For more information about 4-H Exploration Days, please visit http://4h.msue.msu.edu/4h/4_h_exploration_days or contact the Huron County MSU Extension Office at 989-269-9949, ext. 604.

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