Thursday, September 30, 2010

4-H State Workshops - Kettunen Center

Michigan State University Extension Participant Age Policy   

All state 4-H volunteer trainings coordinated by state 4-H staff falls into one of the formats listed below:
Adult and Teen Volunteer Training – Open to adult and teen volunteer leaders aged 13 and up.
Adult-Only Volunteer Training – Open to adult volunteer leaders aged 19 and up.
Learning Lab Training – Open to kids in a specific age group who will work on project-related tasks while adults and teens aged 14 and up learn to work with the younger kids.
Content-Specific Training – Open to young people and adults in project areas with age limits for safety reasons (such as shooting sports, limited to 4-H’ers aged 16 and up) or subject matter (such as Peer Plus, limited to 4-H’ers aged 14 and up).
Family Weekend Workshops – Open to families with children aged 5 to 12.
Youth Training – Open to 4-H youth of a specified age range only (such as the 4-H Teen Horse Volunteer Leader Conference). The only adults allowed to register for these workshops are accompanying chaperones.

The workshop format will be set by the state 4-H programming committee and the state 4-H staff members who coordinate the training sessions held at Kettunen Center, Kellogg Biological Station and other Michigan sites. Use a 4-H member’s age by January 1 of the current program year (that is, January 1, 2011) to decide whether he or she is eligible to attend a particular workshop.

Workshop Descriptions:

4-H Clothing & Textiles Volunteer Workshop
Workshop 801
October 16–17, 2010 – Kettunen Center

Explore new project ideas and skills to use in your 4-H clothing and textiles program. Sessions tentatively scheduled include beginning and advanced sewing skills, entrepreneurship, quilting, projects for 5- to 8-year-olds, wool felting, fashion illustration, altering ready-to-wear clothing, special teen designs and more. Open to adult and teen volunteers aged 13 and up.


4-H Goat Teen & Adult Volunteer Workshop
Workshop 802
October 22–24, 2010 – Kettunen Center

Gain new ideas and information about the 4-H goat project area. Choose from a variety of learning options, including herd management, health issues, exhibiting skills, animal evaluation and 4-H club programs. You’ll have the chance to exchange ideas, make new friends and develop networks with other individuals who are interested in the 4-H goat program. A workshop highlight is an auction held in support of the 4-H Goat Program including the goat recognition area in the State 4-H Awards Program. Open to adult and teen volunteers aged 13 and up.


4-H Proud Equestrian Program Instructor Update
Workshop 817
October 23–24, 2010 – Kellogg Biological Station

This conference provides continuing education for current 4-H PEP certified instructors. Attendance is required at either the fall 2010 or fall 2011 Instructor Update to maintain 4-H PEP Instructor status. The program is also open to NARHA certified instructors and those interested in therapeutic riding. Sessions include instructing therapeutic riding, working with youth with special needs, and horse management and care. Open to 4-H Proud Equestrian Program instructors, instructors in training, NARHA certified instructors and those with an interest in therapeutic riding.


4-H Poultry Teen & Adult Volunteer Workshop
Workshop 803
October 30–31, 2010 – Kettunen Center

Gain new ideas and information about the 4-H poultry project area. Choose from a variety of learning options, including poultry management, health issues, showmanship skills, animal evaluation, and 4-H club development and programs. You’ll have the chance to exchange ideas, make new friends and develop networks with other individuals who are interested in the 4-H poultry program. Open to adult and teen volunteers aged 13 and up.


4-H Teen Horse Volunteer Leaders Conference
Workshop 804
November 19–21, 2010 – Kettunen Center

This workshop is designed for teen leaders who are involved with county 4-H horse programs. Session topics will include updates on current subject matter in the horse area and information to help volunteers in youth development, leadership skill development for youth, youth activities, and opportunities beyond a county program. Talking and exchanging ideas with teen leaders from other counties is encouraged. You’ll be expected to share what you learned and your workshop experiences with other 4-H’ers in your county. Open to 4-H horse project teen leaders aged 14 to 19 and accompanying adult chaperones.


4-H Horse Show Judges & Managers Conference
Workshop 805
January 7–9, 2011 – Kettunen Center

This conference is designed to help participants improve cooperation between horse show managers and judges, increase the quality of horse show management techniques, and learn creative and innovative methods for making horse shows more educational for young people. The conference provides judges with updates in riding styles, class scoring, breed differences in events, and techniques for becoming better communicators with managers and youth exhibitors. Open to Michigan 4-H horse regular and conditional judges, Extension staff, 4-H horse judges advisory committee members, State 4-H Horse Show committee members, horse superintendents and representatives from Michigan counties, and open horse show managers. Adults only.


4-H Teen Citizenship, Leadership & Service Conference
Workshop 806
January 22–23, 2011 – Kettunen Center

This exciting conference has teens and adults from across the state converging on Kettunen Center to learn the leadership and civic engagement skills they need to make a difference in their communities. There will be sessions for 4-H members and nonmembers. Check the workshop announcement, available in fall 2010, for details on the tracks you can choose to enroll in and attend for the weekend. Open to teens aged 14 and up and adults.


4-H Entrepreneurship Teen & Adult Volunteer Leader Workshop
Workshop 807
February 12–13, 2011 – Kettunen Center

Wonder how your passion for 4-H projects can turn into a business? Already a market livestock “boss”? Or perhaps you want to make a difference in Michigan by thinking “green” in the bioeconomy? This entrepreneurship education workshop is for people like you who want to grow your knowledge about starting a business, growing a business, and making your money (profit) grow. If you dream of being your own boss, choose from one of these tracks: From Market Livestock Project to College Fund; Business 101; It’s Cool to be Green: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?; and Got Worms?. Each track will include fun, hands-on learning activities and resources to take home. Open to teens aged 13 and up and adults.


4-H Veterinary Science Teen & Adult Volunteer Workshop
Workshop 808
February 25–26, 2011 – Kettunen Center

Explore animal systems and learn about animal health for a broad array of animal species by sharing information and experiences, asking questions and quizzing veterinarians about their skills. You can also participate in hands-on demonstrations that teach you how to help young people recognize healthy, sick or injured animals. Meet others who have developed outstanding veterinary science projects and gain ideas to help other young people start their own vet science projects. Open to adult and teen volunteers aged 13 and older.


4-H Beef, Sheep & Swine Teen & Adult Volunteer Workshop
Workshop 809
February 26–27, 2011 – Kettunen Center

If you’re interested in 4-H beef cattle, sheep or swine projects, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn about animal health, management, care and nutrition. In addition, you can sharpen your livestock judging and evaluation skills. By sharing ideas and interacting with others, you’ll find ways to improve your county 4-H livestock program. The workshop will also offer ways to enhance your communications and teaching skills, and learn about the many opportunities available for those interested in the beef, sheep and swine industries. Open to adult and teen volunteers aged 13 and up.


4-H Recreation Leadership & Camp Counselor Workshop
Workshop 810
March 4–6, 2011 – Kettunen Center

Develop your own “bag of tricks” for leading and supporting group activities, building teams, conducting 10-minute energizers and more. You’ll learn how to take charge and make things happen in a club, group or camp setting while having a great time. Recreational leadership is about creating an environment that allows young people and adults to learn, grow and enjoy themselves. Open to teen members and leaders aged 13 and up and to adult volunteers who are interested in adding some pizzazz to their 4-H activities.


4-H Science Workshop
Workshop 811
March 12–13, 2011 – Kettunen Center

This workshop focuses on new and exciting areas of science, engineering and technology! Teen and adult volunteers ages 13 and up are encouraged to come and learn about alternative energy, engineering, environmental sciences, and digital photography and film making. Hands on sessions for beginners and more advanced will include: robotics, rocket launching, wind power, making biofuel, digital photography, film making, making catapults, water quality, climate change and more!


4-H Environmental & Outdoor Education, Plant Science & Entomology Workshop
Workshop 812
March 18–20, 2011 – Kettunen Center

This is a hands-on opportunity to learn about many environmental and outdoor education, horticulture and entomology projects through fun lessons and activities. Gain ideas, project resources and activities to help kids get outside and have fun outdoors. Sessions will feature wildlife, natural resources, plant science, entomology, outdoor adventure challenge recreation and leadership, water testing, fisheries, energy, GPS techniques and more. Learn about science applications and career exploration related to these subjects and how to use the information with 4-H clubs or classrooms. Open to adults and teens aged 13 and up.


4-H Healthy Living
Workshop 813
April 1–3, 2011 – Kettunen Center

This workshop is the first workshop in TEN years offering unique training on how to eat and live healthy. In this workshop you will gain invaluable experiences when working with youth and also personal growth in the area of healthy living. You will learn how to be health conscience and teach youth how to also do the same. Are you ready to challenge yourself, be educated and have fun all in the name of healthy living? Sign up today for this great workshop. During this workshop, please plan on bringing workout clothes, shoes and loose fitting garments.


Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference
Workshop 814
April 15–17, 2011 – Camp Beechpoint, Allegan, Michigan

If you'd like to know more about the dairy industry, sign up to attend this conference. You'll learn about dairy management topics including dairy cattle nutrition, health, reproduction and cattle evaluation. Practice for state dairy management contests such as the skillathon and quiz bowls that will focus on dairy cattle reproduction. You'll also tour area farms. Open to youth aged 12 to 19 as of January 1, 2011.


4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop
Workshop 815
April 29–May 1, 2011 – Kettunen Center

Choose one of several disciplines offered at this workshop as a first step in becoming certified as a Michigan 4-H shooting sports instructor. Disciplines offered include rifle, shotgun, archery, hunting and wildlife. Join us and see all that the 4-H shooting sports program has to offer! Learn how we foster positive youth development through the shooting sports, and try techniques that effectively help young people learn safe and proper use of guns and archery equipment. You do NOT need to retake the training unless you’ve been inactive for more than 3 years or your certification has lapsed. Open to new and veteran adult volunteers and youth aged 16 and up.


4-H Mentoring Weekend
Workshop 816
July 22–24, 2010 – Kettunen Center

This weekend event brings mentoring matches together from around the state to enjoy time strengthening their relationship through workshops and fun! Check out the Michigan 4-H Youth Mentoring profile on Facebook to learn more, stay updated on event details and see pictures from previous mentoring events! Open to 4-H mentoring matches aged 11 and up.


For More Information or to Register for a 4-H Workshop

For more information or to register for a 4-H workshop, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 517-788-4292. You do not necessarily need to be a registered 4-H volunteer or member in order to attend.