Share the magic of 4-H at annual Exploration Days

By Meredith Imler

4-H Program Coordinator

Dickinson County MSU

IRON MOUNTAIN – Develop and expand career and personal interests; meet lots of new friends; explore the Michigan State University campus in Lansing and eat some famous MSU dairy store ice cream. All of these things can be done at 4-H Exploration Days.

Every year, approximately 2,500 youth and chaperones from throughout Michigan stay at MSU for 4-H Exploration Days.

This fun MSU pre-college program could be the highlight of your summer – it could even change your life. You do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend.

There’ll be more than 200 session choices held on and off campus. You’ll choose one or two for your three-day stay.

You’ll live in a Michigan State University dorm and eat in the cafeteria – just like MSU students do.

Sessions are taught by people who know their stuff, including MSU faculty members, 4-H volunteers and staff members and other experts.

It’s not all sessions. There’s plenty of time for fun, including swimming, skating, souvenir shopping, exploring, bowling, basketball-even a great dance Thursday night.

Cost is $165 for 4-H members and $10 extra fee for non 4-H members, which includes all meals, shared lodging, sessions, and T-shirt. Scholarships are available.

Upper Peninsula youth leave two days early. There is an extra cost for this portion. Total cost averages $310 but most youth end up paying between $100 to $150 depending on individual fundraising amounts and scholarships.

Youth between the ages of 11 and 19 can attend Exploration Days. You don’t need to be a 4-H member to attend.

Registration begins March 18. Sessions fill fast so early registration is encouraged.

Contact Imler at 774-0363 or e-mail for more information.