Montcalm County 4-H

Montcalm County 4-H Events, important dates, and information relating to Montcalm County 4-H MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

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State plans aerial treatment to combat EEE
09/14/2020
State plans aerial treatment to combat EEE

State plans aerial treatment to combat EEE

State health officials announced Monday their plan for combating Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a deadly mosquito-borne disease. In a written statement, they said aerial spraying would be conducted for mosquito control in certain high-risk areas of Michigan. “We are taking this step in an effort...

Ready to be out on your own?  Learn some important skills to be successful as an adult. Our Adulting 101-Fall Series inc...
09/14/2020

Ready to be out on your own? Learn some important skills to be successful as an adult. Our Adulting 101-Fall Series includes: interview skills, households task, and develop spending plan. Bring questions and learn important skills for life. Series starts October 12th at 4:00 p.m. Register https://events.anr.msu.edu/Adult101Fall/

Learn about how your family can be a part of the Monarch Watch tagging project!  Join us for this FREE 30-45 minute prog...
09/08/2020

Learn about how your family can be a part of the Monarch Watch tagging project! Join us for this FREE 30-45 minute program on September 9, 2020 at 6:00pm.
For this session we will focus on the fall migration and explain how families can be involved in tagging monarchs, entering data to share with the scientific community and track migrating monarchs on their journey to Mexico. In case you missed the first part of the Cue the Monarchs series, we will begin with short recap of topics including the biology, life cycle, migration, and ecology of the monarch butterfly. We learned how to search for eggs, raise monarchs, plant milkweed, and discover other insect life dependent upon the milkweed community. Also, learn more about the EXCITING Cue the Monarchs program that we will be offering in 2021 and HOW YOU CAN BE INVOLVED!!! Pre-registration is required at: https://bit.ly/cuemonarchs

Just a reminder that the 4-H award applications and nominations are due by 5 p.m. tomorrow. Make sure to send them in!
08/31/2020

Just a reminder that the 4-H award applications and nominations are due by 5 p.m. tomorrow. Make sure to send them in!

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development - MDARD
08/27/2020

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development - MDARD

MDARD has confirmed three more cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in horses from Newaygo, Montcalm, and Clare counties.

While Newaygo County has now experienced its first case of EEE for 2020, the other new cases in Montcalm and Clare counties are the second known findings in these areas.

When comparing this year’s numbers to those from last year at this time, there have been fewer cases experienced overall. Last year, the first case of EEE occurred on July 22, 2019; and a total of seven cases were discovered by late August. This year, the first case of EEE was reported on August 11, 2020; and these latest findings bring the total number of cases in the state to five.

Horse owners are strongly advised to vaccinate their animals against the disease. Please contact your veterinarian about this option as well as take other precautions to safeguard your animals. Also, if an animal has difficulty standing or walking and develops a fever, please seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

For more information, visit:
www.equinediseasecc.org or www.Michigan.gov/emergingdiseases.

MSU Extension will host a Hunter to Hunter: Connective Conversations webinar series that is FREE to hunters across the s...
08/26/2020

MSU Extension will host a Hunter to Hunter: Connective Conversations webinar series that is FREE to hunters across the state. The webinars will be held each Wednesday in September at 7 p.m.
This webinar series will strive to bring hunters, researchers, and wildlife managers together to build relationships and engage in education, constructive dialog, and increased understanding around the following topics:
• 2020 deer regulations and how regulations packages are developed,
• current CWD research,
• hunting on tribal lands in Michigan,
• CWD testing and surveillance, and
• safe home processing
Participants must register for the webinar series at https://events.anr.msu.edu/huntertohunter/ to participate.
Questions should be directed to Katie Ockert, MSU Extension CWD Educator at [email protected].

Check it out! What a cool opportunity!
08/26/2020

Check it out! What a cool opportunity!

Don't miss the volunteer connect in 10 minutes.  Can't join tonight? Join us at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Check your email for t...
08/19/2020

Don't miss the volunteer connect in 10 minutes. Can't join tonight? Join us at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Check your email for the info!

Are you working on your kit projects? If so, share a picture in the comments. Don't forget, shoebox float pictures are d...
08/17/2020

Are you working on your kit projects? If so, share a picture in the comments. Don't forget, shoebox float pictures are due Friday!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (a 4-H spin club), will begin on Monday, August 24 and end August 31. This club will...
08/15/2020
4-H SPIN Club: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (a 4-H spin club), will begin on Monday, August 24 and end August 31. This club will meet virtually every weekday from 4 – 5 PM EDT. Over the course of the week, youth will get a chance to explore the imaginary world of Harry Potter! We will be making crafts, playing games, and learning more about this wonderful world! For more information and to register, please visit: https://bit.ly/4-HWIZARDS.

This 4-H SPIN Club will meet virtually via Zoom (both computer and smartphone accessible). Access information including meetings links and passwords will only be sent to event registrants. This club is supported by MSU Extension and 4-H STEAM Corps.

Theses online 4-H SPIN Clubs are FREE and OPEN to 4-H and non-4-H members. Youth should be 9 years and older or paired with an adult or older sibling (if younger than 9 years old). Please share this opportunity with interested youth!

4-H Minecraft SPIN Club10 - 11:15 a.m. | Zoom WebinarYouth, ages 8 - 12, can explore computer coding through the world o...
08/14/2020
4-H Minecraft SPIN Club

4-H Minecraft SPIN Club
10 - 11:15 a.m. | Zoom Webinar
Youth, ages 8 - 12, can explore computer coding through the world of Minecraft. Join this week-long SPIN club to keep the fun going each day!
https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/4-h-minecraft-spin-club

Join the 4-H Minecraft SPIN Club-Explore computer coding through the world of Minecraft.   Youth ages 8 to 12 years old are invited to participate in this virtual SPIN...

Fostering Stability for Life spin club will start on Monday, August 24, and end August 31. This club will meet from 1 – ...
08/14/2020
4-H SPIN Club: Fostering Stability for Life

Fostering Stability for Life spin club will start on Monday, August 24, and end August 31. This club will meet from 1 – 2 PM EDT for six straight weekdays from Monday to Monday. During these meetings, we will be walking through four practical rhythms to establish in our life – Rest, Restore, Connect, Create. Come learn how to take charge of your mental health. For more information and to register, please visit: https://bit.ly/4-HLIFE.

This 4-H SPIN Club will meet virtually via Zoom (both computer and smartphone accessible). Access information including meetings links and passwords will only be sent to event registrants. This club is supported by MSU Extension and 4-H STEAM Corps.

Theses online 4-H SPIN Clubs are FREE and OPEN to 4-H and non-4-H members. Youth should be 9 years and older or paired with an adult or older sibling (if younger than 9 years old). Please share this opportunity with interested youth!

Join 4-H in the kitchen LIVE!! Get signed up today.
08/11/2020

Join 4-H in the kitchen LIVE!! Get signed up today.

Youth 10-19… do you have a question about money?  Register for the Teen Talk: Money Tips program and hear from the Michi...
08/10/2020

Youth 10-19… do you have a question about money? Register for the Teen Talk: Money Tips program and hear from the Michigan Money Smart Teen Ambassadors, alongside MSU Extension 4-H staff, with tips and tricks to help you manage your money wisely now and into the future. Sign up, ask your questions, and see you on August 17th at 2pm! https://events.anr.msu.edu/TeenTalkMoneyTips/

Interested in entrepreneurship? If so, check this out!
08/10/2020

Interested in entrepreneurship? If so, check this out!

MSU Tollgate Virtual Vet Science Interactive SessionsZoom WebinarAugust 10-14, spend time exploring the Tollgate barn an...
08/08/2020
MSU Tollgate Virtual Vet Science Interactive Sessions

MSU Tollgate Virtual Vet Science Interactive Sessions
Zoom Webinar
August 10-14, spend time exploring the Tollgate barn and pastures virtually as you investigate veterinary science and animal medicine. Explore the five freedoms, engage in daily STEM challenges, and learn about veterinary tools and technology.
https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/msu-tollgate-virtual-vet-science-interactive-sessions

This summer, spend time exploring the Tollgate barn and pastures virtually as you investigate veterinary science and animal medicine. Get to know an array of animals as you experience the care of our livestock up close and personal. Explore the five freedoms, engage in daily STEM challenges, and....

Michigan Forestry Scavenger HuntZoom WebinarThrough August 12, youth ages 5-19 will have the opportunity to do forestry ...
08/06/2020
Michigan Forestry Scavenger Hunt

Michigan Forestry Scavenger Hunt
Zoom Webinar
Through August 12, youth ages 5-19 will have the opportunity to do forestry themed missions and share their progress with other participants on a scavenger hunt like app, GooseChase.
https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/michigan-forestry-scavenger-hunt

WHO: Families with youth age 5 to 19 (age as of 1/1/2020). WHAT: Free self-paced experience for youth to learn about forestry. Teams will do forestry themed missions and share their progress with other participants on a scavenger hunt like app, GooseChase. All that's needed for this program is a sma...

4-H at 4 on Thursdays: Setting Up a Mini Golf Course for Fun and for the Future4 - 4:45 p.m. | Zoom WebinarThese weekly ...
08/05/2020
August 6: 4-H at 4 on Thursdays': Setting Up a Mini Golf Course for Fun and for the Future

4-H at 4 on Thursdays: Setting Up a Mini Golf Course for Fun and for the Future
4 - 4:45 p.m. | Zoom Webinar
These weekly sessions are created for youth ages 8-12 to focus on different 4-H topics each week and the activities can easily be replicated at home.
https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/august-6-setting-up-a-mini-golf-course-for-fun-and-for-the-future

Intended as a place for 8 to 12 year old 4-H members, and non 4-H members, to come together and learn about a wide array of 4-H project areas. These weekly sessions will focus on a different 4-H topic each week and the activities can easily be replicated at home. Join one or all 13 sessions. Time...

Riddle Scavenger Hunt GooseChase Game: Do you love games? If Laffy Taffy riddles are your favorite, then this game is ri...
08/05/2020

Riddle Scavenger Hunt GooseChase Game: Do you love games? If Laffy Taffy riddles are your favorite, then this game is right up your ally. This game will take place within the GooseChase App. Each day, beginning August 10th youth will receive up to 3 riddle missions that they need to solve. Each riddle will be answered with a picture. (Ex Mission: What is full of holes, but holds water? Answer Submission: picture of a sponge ) This game will run daily through August 21st. Youth will receive 200 points for correct picture answers, and double points if they appear in the picture! This program is open to all youth, both 4-H and non 4-H youth, statewide. Please note that the GooseChase platform is designed for ages 13+ and parent permission is needed to participate. Any youth over 13 can download the GooseChase app to their phone or tablet; younger participants or youth without a phone or tablet can partner with an older sibling or parent/guardian to play as a team. Register here: https://events.anr.msu.edu/riddlescavengerhunt/ by August 9th. GooseChase Game Code will be given upon registration.

Registration opens today for take-home kits Round 3! The following kits are available:Fleece Tie Pillows (20 kits availa...
08/04/2020

Registration opens today for take-home kits Round 3!

The following kits are available:

Fleece Tie Pillows (20 kits available)
- This kit will contain fleece and stuffing to create a fleece tie pillow. Scissors are not included but are needed to cut the fleece.

Make-A-Monster Kit (36 kits available)
- This kit will contain play-doh, pipe cleaners, googley eyes, and beads to create your own monster.

Crystal Growing Kit (Limited kits available)
- This kit will include borax and pipe cleaners so you can grow your own crystals overnight.

Cloud Dough Kit (16 kits available)
- This kit will include lotion and cornstarch to create a soft and fluffy play-dough. Food coloring to color your dough is optional and will not be included.

No-Sew Mask Kit (Limited kits available)
- Get ready for back to school with a no-sew mask kit!

Please register using this link by Monday, August 10th at 5:00 pm: https://forms.gle/wwp9YAFcb4877Z7V8.

Kits will be available for pick-up at the MSU extension offices in Stanton. More information including a date and time will be available after registration ends.

Science Fridays: Do you love experimenting? Ever wonder why some things mix together and some don’t? If yes, this is the...
08/04/2020

Science Fridays: Do you love experimenting? Ever wonder why some things mix together and some don’t? If yes, this is the program for you! Test different experiments that will cover topics like Earth science, chemistry, and life science. Science Fridays will begin August 7th and run every Friday in August, with the last meeting being on August 28th. We will meet via zoom from 10-11 am. This program is open to both 4-H and non 4-H youth, statewide, in grades k-6. Register here: https://events.anr.msu.edu/sciencefridays/ by August 6th to make sure you don’t miss out. Zoom link and supply list will be emailed upon registration.

4-H Cow Time Learning Seminars4 - 5 p.m. | Zoom WebinarMSU Extension staff, volunteers, and university faculty will be l...
08/04/2020
4-H Cow Time Learning Seminars- August 5th

4-H Cow Time Learning Seminars
4 - 5 p.m. | Zoom Webinar
MSU Extension staff, volunteers, and university faculty will be leading educational seminars for youth to refine skills on dairy management as well as other life skills.
https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/4-h-cow-time-learning-seminars-august-5th

Sessions will be held every Wednesday at 4 p.m. EST for approximately one hour using Zoom. Connection information will be sent to the email you provide in registration. MSU Extension staff, volunteers, and university faculty will be leading educational seminars. We hope these sessions help youth....

Get your hands on the 2020 #4HSTEMChallenge kit just in time for the NASA Perseverance Launch ! It has everything you ne...
07/30/2020

Get your hands on the 2020 #4HSTEMChallenge kit just in time for the NASA Perseverance Launch ! It has everything you need to perform this year’s challenge, Mars Base Camp! Receive $5 off each 4-H STEM Challenge kit (limit 20 discounted kits per transaction) thanks to the generous support of our 2020 national partner, TOYOTA. Order your kit, and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout: https://bit.ly/3hUSSBv #4HatHome #InspireKidsToDo

Get your hands on the 2020 #4HSTEMChallenge kit just in time for the NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Perseverance Launch! It has everything you need to perform this year’s challenge, Mars Base Camp! Receive $5 off each 4-H STEM Challenge kit (limit 20 discounted kits per transaction) thanks to the generous support of our 2020 national partner, TOYOTA. Order your kit, and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout: https://bit.ly/3hUSSBv #4HatHome #InspireKidsToDo

Do you have money questions?  Want to hear some money tips straight from your teenage peers?  The Michigan 4-H Money Sma...
07/28/2020

Do you have money questions? Want to hear some money tips straight from your teenage peers? The Michigan 4-H Money Smart Youth Ambassadors invite youth ages 10 -19 to a Zoom webinar on August 17th from 2-3pm to have your questions answered live and learn a few helpful money management ideas from teens. Register and ask your questions at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/TeenTalkMoneyTips/

There's still time to sign up for the second round of take-home kits! There are still pony bead butterfly kits, friendsh...
07/28/2020

There's still time to sign up for the second round of take-home kits! There are still pony bead butterfly kits, friendship bracelet kits, and shoebox float kits available!

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/oYW4vfo16iHyEmLq6

Does working outside interest you? Enjoy camping, hunting, hiking, kayaking, nature photography, or fishing? Learn first...
07/23/2020

Does working outside interest you? Enjoy camping, hunting, hiking, kayaking, nature photography, or fishing? Learn firsthand about careers that will keep you connected to the natural environment at the Venture to Adventure online program on July 28th at 1pm. The hour-long program will include live and video presentations from professionals in the field as well as games and interaction. Open to youth 11-19 years old, 4-H or non 4-H welcome.
More information and register at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/VenturetoAdventure/

Join us for a fun-filled day where you will learn how to use a variety of communication tools including social media, vi...
07/23/2020

Join us for a fun-filled day where you will learn how to use a variety of communication tools including social media, video, and photography. Plus an opportunity to practice public speaking, interviewing, and dining etiquette will also be featured. The program will take place on Wednesday, July 29 from 10:00 am-2:30 pm. Register at https://events.anr.msu.edu/spokesperson/ by July 27. For questions, please contact Kathy Jamieson, [email protected].

McKenna will be offering a second round of take-home kits! There are five different kits available and more information ...
07/21/2020

McKenna will be offering a second round of take-home kits! There are five different kits available and more information about each kit can be found below:

Friendship Bracelets (up to 60 kits available)
• This kit will include enough embroidery floss to create multiple friendship bracelets.
Pony Bead Butterflies (up to 40 kits available)
• This kit will include pony beads, pipe cleaners, and a clothespin to create butterflies. This kit is designed for younger 4-H members.
Bird Feeders: (20 kits available)
• This kit will include peanut butter, birdseed, and cardboard cut-outs to create bird feeders.
Mini Canvas Painting Kit (24 kits available)
• This kit will include a mini canvas, mini easel, paint, and paintbrushes.
Shoebox Float Kit (At least 25 kits will be available)
• This kit will include materials to create a shoebox float. You must provide your own shoebox and use at least 50% of the provided materials. Submit photos of your finished shoebox float to [email protected] to be entered to win a prize!
Kits will be available for pick up at the MSU Extension Offices in Stanton in early August. There are limited numbers of kits available so please sign up as soon as possible. If you are interested, please fill out this form to register by Friday, July 31st at 5:00 pm: https://forms.gle/1GLzKkDE86Kbx7zs7 .

Address

211 W. Main St
Stanton, MI
48888

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 16:00
Monday 08:15 - 12:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:15 - 12:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:15 - 12:00
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:15 - 12:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:15 - 12:00

Telephone

(989) 831-7500

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On behalf of the Montcalm County Fair Association and the Montcalm County 4-H Program we would like to provide a quick update since we have received so many questions. At this time, the fair has not been cancelled. A decision will be made on how the fair will move forward for 2020 in the next couple weeks. Prior to this, we would like you to participate in a survey to provide feedback from our participants for consideration. The survey is available now and is located here: https://www.montcalmcountyfairgrounds.com/ Thank you all for understanding this is a challenging and constant changing situation, we would appreciate your patience during this time. Survey must be completed by April 18th.
Who can participate? The Michigan Regional Future City Competition is open to Michigan students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th who are from the same school, a home school environment (a Home School Affidavit form will need to be completed), or are members of a nationally, regionally, or state recognized youth-focused organization, such as the Boy or Girl Scouts; Boys and Girls Clubs; 4-H, etc. The competition is team-based and each team consists of at least three students, an educator and a volunteer mentor. A team can include an entire class or as few as three students. 5th grade students are welcome to participate they are not eligible to go on the Washington D.C however.
Please note a time change for sweepstakes on Saturday to 11 a.m.
It appears that someone has dumped 3 beautiful roosters on the side of the road on Grow rd. Just North of W. Holland Lake rd. They have been there for about 4 days now. I’ve given them some food and water...tried to catch them but couldn’t...I’d hate to see them taken down by predators! Can anyone help?!
Anyone have the link for Showorks? Is it live yet?
FREE music lessons for Montcalm community kids ages 8-18. Limited to 50 community students. Lessons to be taught by six talented Great Lakes Adventist Academy students. Community students and student teachers will be expected to perform once a month and peer teach during practice time. Register here:
It’s not too late to register for the #MI4H Goat Project Youth Workshop on Sept. 22. Registration is due Sept. 12 and is available at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/2018_michigan_4-h_goat_project_youth_workshop.
Family Farrm and Home in Cedar Springs is having a special event 10 AM-3 PM on Saturday, Sept. 15th. We have a young coming with poultry and pocket pets for a petting zoo. Would anyone else be interested in bringing other small animals? We will also be promoting 4H for future members! Let's show them how awesome 4H can be!! Respond here if interested!
Mark your Calendars for the 1st Annual Montcalm County "Bake-Off" on October 7, 2018. More Information to come soon! Also, the next meeting of the Montcalm Co. 4-H Community Connection Committee (aka 4-H CCC) is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7pm at MSUE office in Stanton. Leaders, Teen Leaders & Parent Helpers interested in learning more about the 4-H CCC are encouraged to attend.
REMINDER: We Need You! For an organizational meeting tonight at 7pm at MSUE in Stanton, MI. Looking for leaders, teen 4-H members, & parent helpers to form a "new committee" to promote 4-H outside of Fair. AND to help Organization a 4-H BAKE-OFF Event for which we have received a grant!
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