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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.