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Michigan State University Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 469-6440

4-H Environmental and Outdoor Education


Youth have fun exploring their environment and the natural world. Programs focus on teaching environmental responsibility and stewardship. This 4-H program area provides educational opportunities for youth to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the interconnection of people and nature.


Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education and Recreation Program Committee

Meetings for the Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education and Recreation (OER) Program Committee are held monthly. Members and volunteers working with 4-H Outdoor Education and Recreation projects are encouraged to attend. 

Macomb County 4-H Youth Conservation Council

Are you interested in protecting your local environment? Would you like to learn more about environmental issues? Do you enjoy being part of a team? Would you like to develop your leadership skills? Do you want your voice to be heard by local officials? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you're 13-19 years old, you may want to join this group. Youth interested in the Macomb County 4-H Youth Conservation Council may also be interested in applying for the Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council.


Events and Training

4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp
Late July-Early August – Camp Chickagamee, Presque Isle

This award-winning camp is held from late July-early August on the shores of Lake Huron in Presque Isle, Michigan. An annual MSU pre-college program for youth ages 13-15 (8th-10th graders), 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp is designed to increase teens’ appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of the outdoors, natural resources, and science. It’s beautiful way to spend a week!


Michigan 4-H Volunteer Workshops
September 1-August 31 - Kettunen Center & Kellogg Biological Station

Explore the variety of 4-H teen and adult volunteer training workshops and events offered at Kettunen Center in Tustin and Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners!


4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshop
April – Kettunen Center, Tustin

The Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification workshop is for adult 4-H volunteers and teens enrolled in a 4-H shooting sports club who are at least 16 years old as of Jan. 1 of the current program year. Participants will learn about the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports mission, policies, risk management, safety, discipline specific equipment use and care, how to teach shooting fundamentals to youth, range set-up, and more. Adults who successfully complete the workshop and all other requirements will receive certification as a Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor for the discipline in which they participated.



Michigan 4-H Outdoor Education and Recreation Programs

Junior Citizen Planner

The Junior Citizen Planner (JCP) program is a series of innovative curricula that educates youth in 3rd to 8th grades on land use issues through fun, hands-on learning activities within their communities.

Outdoor Education Skills Clinic 

This program is designed to provide aquatic education, promote ethical angling, develop fishing skills and introduce youth to the sport of archery. This experience takes place at Pocket Park, an outdoor educational facility located within the Michigan State Fairgrounds. Fishing education includes fish biology, fish habitat, equipment, ethics and angling skills development. Archery education includes safety, equipment, technique, concentration and self-improvement.

Outdoor Adventure Challenge - Leader Training Series 

The multi-session 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Leader Training Series is designed to train adults interested in using the outdoors to help develop life skills in young people. The training includes an introduction to 4-H and the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge program, training in backpacking, caving, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and winter camping. Training dates and locations vary.