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Fun camp inspires interest in forestry

Michigan 4-H youth spent two days exploring ideas and taking part in hands-on activities related to forestry at the Michigan 4-H Forestry Fun Day Camp held July 6-7 at the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds in West Branch, Michigan.

The camp was open to young people ages 10‒15 interested in learning about all aspects of forestry. Ten participants attended representing Iosco, Ogemaw and Roscommon counties.

Besides providing hands-on experiences in forestry, the camp taught participants science and math skills related to forest management and even gave them the opportunity to explore forestry-related careers. Campers learned to identify trees, insects and diseases as well as mastered how to take forest measurements and operate a compass. Participants worked in teams to create a mini-forest management plan to present to the Michigan State University Extension District 4 Council members.

MSU Extension, the MSU Department of Forestry, Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, the Marlane and Tim Searfoss family, and the Ogemaw County Fair Board collaborated to make the camp possible.

The leadership team involved included Extension educators Nicholas Baumgart, Julie Crick, Tracy D’Augustino, Tom Long and Dorothy Munn; MSU Extension 4-H program coordinator Peggy Zettle; Iosco Conservation District forester Andrew Beebe and Ogemaw Conservation District forester Lora Freer.

Each camper participating in the Forestry Fun Day Camp will be awarded a Silver Forestry Digital Badge. The badge will be linked to Michigan Educational Standards and can be used by youth when applying for summer jobs and scholarships, and on college applications indicating their areas of interest and willingness to continue to learn, grow and develop when not in school. Read more about digital badges in this MSU Extension news article: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/digital_badging_a_bright_new_way_for_students_to_showcase_their_skills_andl

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Extension staff members receive MAE4-HYS Distinguished Service awards at the CYI Spring Conference

Kettunen Center in Tustin set the scene for this year’s Michigan State University Extension Children and Youth Institute Spring Conference May 8‒10. The weather was sunny and warm and everything was in bloom.

flowering tree

Photo credit: Michelle Lavra

Staff members attended and gave sessions on topics such as being financially accountable, creating public value statements and keeping competitive events educational.

flowers by birdbath

Photo credit: Michelle Lavra

Several staff members received awards at the Michigan Association of Extension 4-H Youth Staff (MAE4-HYS) Recognition Banquet. A reception honoring the award recipients followed the banquet.

In the space we have here, I don’t have room to mention all of the awards but I do want to single out the Distinguished Service Awards.

 Dorothy Munn and Sue Stapleton both received the MAE4-HYS Distinguished Service Award. The award is the highest state honor that 4-H staff can obtain through the MAE4-HYS. The award is given to current MAE4-HYS members who have at least 6 years of employment in Extension 4-H Youth Development, including some statewide involvement in coordinating events, programming or both, and who have proven evidence of positive change resulting from their work.

Extension educator Dorothy Munn became MSU Extension 4-H educator in Ogemaw County in 1998. Two years ago, Dorothy became a 4-H supervisor and coach for staff in four counties and took on an assignment with the Academic Success Science Team.

purple flower

Photo credit: Michelle Lavra

Dorothy administered and directed a four-year, $500,000 Title 5 Juvenile Justice grant, which provided expanded 4-H after-school and summer programming in three communities. With Dorothy’s support, 15 staff members collaborated with numerous entities including schools, municipalities, the health department, libraries and the Department of Human Services.

Throughout her Extension career, Dorothy has been involved in 4-H international programming, serving on the 4-H global education committee, teaching the Polish exchange session at Exploration Days and coordinating a 4-H trip to Poland. To highlight 4-H’s international programs, Dorothy coordinated an evening of culture that drew 70 people.

She has been the 4-H state awards coordinator for the North Region for many years, been on the North Central 4-H camp planning team since 1998 and served in nearly every role including treasurer, secretary and camp director. She has designed and taught a myriad of trainings for teens including instruction for camp counselors, teen leaders and club officers.

4-H program coordinator Sue Stapleton began her career in 4-H in 1986. Sue turned the 4-H Discovery Day at Springfield Oaks Activity Center into an expo that highlights many of the 4-H clubs in Oakland County. Thousands of youth have attended this event.

She served as Oakland County’s CCA at 4-H Exploration Days. She is one of the architects of Oakland County’s 4-H Horse Camp, attended by 60 to 75 youth annually.

Sue has become an expert in starting every kind of animal 4-H club. She was instrumental in getting a 4-H club involved in educating citizens on the benefits of raising chickens, perhaps leading to the city of Ferndale allowing chickens to be raised in city limits.

For many years, she trained each 4-H volunteer personally. Sue has covered almost every possible topic in her trainings. She has given many clinics on how to write county and state awards, and how to train officers as well.

Congratulations to both of you!

Dorothy Munn (left) and Sue Stapleton receive the MAE4-HYS Distinguished Service Award

Dorothy Munn (left) and Sue Stapleton receive the MAE4-HYS Distinguished Service Award May 8. 2013, at Kettunen Center in Tustin, Mich. Photo credit: Les Thomas.

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4-H Tech Wizards expand in Michigan

4-H Tech Wizards are up to new things in Michigan. Tech Wizards is a small-group mentoring program that matches professionals who work in the science, engineering and technology (SET) fields with youth.

4-H Tech Wizards strives to reduce and help prevent juvenile delinquency and school failure, and build supportive relationships as well as introduce mentees to opportunities within the SET fields. It also provides participants with meaningful opportunities to engage in service learning.

Michigan State University Extension in Macomb County will have three new 4-H Tech Wizards sites operating within a month of the start of the school year. The program began at Seminole Academy in June while meetings at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and the Detroit Arsenal in Warren will begin soon.

Extension educators Scott Lakin and Ed Scott and Extension program instructor Alex Boyd work together to make this a regional program.

“Functioning as a District 11 4-H Tech Wizards team has led to greater success in our mentor recruitment efforts. I have found that attending various events and specifically targeted organizational presentations is the most effective way to get individuals to start the volunteer application process,” Scott Lakin said.

Scott designed a display booth to showcase the project areas and technology available. Talking to the public at events led to contacts with numerous adults soon to be trained as 4-H Tech Wizards mentors in all three counties in the district – Macomb, Oakland and Wayne.

Extension program instructors Barb Brow and Susan Fenton continue to work to expand the program in Ottawa County. Kristy Oosterhouse, program aide,piloted the program in Eaton County and assists other counties in efforts to replicate this program. Extension educator Dorothy Munn has secured two AmeriCorps positions to start the program in northern Michigan.

Senior specialist Lisa Bottomley and associate program leader Molly Frendo provide support from the statewide perspective.

“We are really excited to see this program expand to serve new communities and reach new audiences,” said Lisa.

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