This MSU precollege program welcomes youth ages 12-19 to explore their future, try new things and experience college life! During this three-day event, youth will gain confidence and independence through hands-on learning and make friends for a lifetime.


4-H Exploration Days: Expanded
June 22-24, 2021

A Virtual Experience 

Registration will be open from May 1 -May 28, 2021.


 Register here starting May 1!

What: 4-H Exploration Days: Expanded is a Michigan State University Pre- College 3-day virtual experience unlike any other! Enjoy a variety of 1-hour sessions over the three-day event, with topics ranging from learning about different cultures to making healthy smoothies to knitting! The keynote speaker, Justin and Alexis Black, will kick off the event and each day will have free time activities to discover something new. 

The session listing and descriptions for 4-H Exploration Days: Expanded is here! As you view the exciting list of what this event has to offer, please pick one session for each day. Be sure to pick one or two backup sessions in case one fills up! Registration will be open from May 1 - May 28! 

Click here for the catalog of sessions! (as of 4-28-2021) 
Click here for the catalog of free time activities! (as of 5-20-2021)

Who: Youth ages 12-19 (as of Jan. 1, 2021)

All participants MUST complete their registration as members of Michigan 4-H for the 2020/2021 4-H program year, which began on Sept. 1, 2020. Returning 4-H members can reenroll in Michigan 4-H, and new 4-H members can register for the first time by going to

Cost: $20, includes a swag bag that will be mailed to your house!
No refunds will be issued once registration closes.

Tuesday, June 22

10-11:30 a.m. ET - Welcome/Kick Off with Keynote Presentation by Alexis and Justin Black, Authors of Redefining Normal
Lunch with optional Free Time activity 
1-2 p.m. ET - Breakout Session (as of 4-28-2021)
3-4 p.m. ET - Optional Free Time 

Wednesday, June 23
10:30-11:30 a.m. ET - Breakout Session (as of 4-28-2021)
Lunch with Optional Free Time Activity
1-2 p.m. ET- Organized Community Conversation
3-4 p.m. ET - Optional Free Time

Thursday, June 24
10:30-11:30 a.m. ET - Breakout Session (as of 4-28-2021)
Lunch with Optional Free Time Activity
1-2:30 p.m. ET - 4-H Showcase/Wrap Up 


Please have the following ready when you register:
Contact Information
Breakout Session Choices
Payment Method

Zoom links will be emailed to participants who have completed the following by June 1, 2021:

  • complete registration
  • paid in full
  • have completed the 4-H Online enrollment

Are you interested in purchasing apparel with our event logo? Click here to purchase apparel with the 4-H Exploration Day: Expanded logo. The link will take you to a separate website where you can select the size of your shirt, provide mailing address, and payment details. Your apparel will be shipped directly to you.

 The 4-H Exploration Days Leadership Team


Christine Heverly
Extension Educator
Volunteer Development for 4-H Exploration Days, including training and recruitment


Michelle Neff
Extension Educator
Lead point of contact for 4-H Exploration Days, including sponsorship and registration


Laura Potter-Niesen
Educational Program Coordinator 
Logistics of 4-H Exploration Days, including website development

Laurie Rivetto
Extension Educator
Youth Development for 4-H Exploration Days, including session development and youth engagement