April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
While the MSU Museum is closed, learn about cool science and culture data sets in 15-20 minute mini-versions of our regular Science On a Sphere programs. Join us on Facebook on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM (EDT). View the trailer here.
MSU Extention Bumble Bees of the Great Lakes Registration Required
Are bumble bees in decline? Or doing just fine in the Great Lakes region? This webinar will describe bumble bee characteristics, how to identify bumble bees in Michigan, and discuss issues that affect bumble bee populations. Previous familiarity with pollinators would be beneficial, as this presentation will cover intermediate to advanced level material on bumble bees.
April 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th
Longing to take the family to the Great Lakes, but not able to get to the shore? Then this series is for you! Join us at 10:30-11am (EST) for a series of fun-filled, family-friendly videos jam-packed full of Great Lakes fun facts, activity suggestions for your family, and daily challenges. Each video provides a high-energy experience that engages people of all ages in learning about the Great Lakes and activities you can do right at home!
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April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, May 6th
Join Impression 5 Science Center as we embark on a weekly offering of Facebook live broadcasts (Wednesdays at 1 p.m. EST) to explore hands-on science together!
April 10th, 17th, 24th, May 1st
“Cabin Fever Conversations” is focused on lighthearted, but educational conversations about gardening. There will be one featured guest per session (every Friday 10:00 - 10:30 AM EST) who has some exciting specialty like seeds, houseplants, pollinator health, etc. Bring some questions of your own because there will be time for them at the end. Tune in to their Facebook page and learn more about the event here.
MSU Extention National Parks Virtual Tour Registration Required
April 10th, 17th, 24th, May 1st, 8th, 15th
Join Alger County 4-H at 11 to 12 PM EST (part of Michigan 4-H) for a Virtual Parks tour. We will visit 6 National Parks--like Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and more--and meet with a ranger who works there. We will talk about law enforcement, interpretation, being a fire ranger, being a biologist, and more. Each session will include a photographic tour of the park by the ranger, an explanation of what their job is, and what they needed to do to get that job.
A Day in the Life of a Giant Pacific Octopus Registration Required
Join your 4-H friends and guest Madison Dix at 11:30 am EST via Zoom as we explore a day in the life of a Giant Pacific Octopus. We’ll learn where they live, what they eat, how they defend themselves, and more! After the presentation, there will be a 30 minute Q&A: all questions welcome! Recommended for ages 4+. Presenter Bio: Marine Educator Madison Dix works at an aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. Talking to kids about ocean animals is her favorite thing to do! Join Madison as she brings marine life to Michigan 4-H!
Food Preservation Registration Required
Learn how to reduce waste by freezing fresh fruits and vegetables before they go bad in your refrigerator. Identify which produce items need blanching before freezing and the proper method for blanching and freezing certain foods. This workshop will be taught by an experienced MSU Extension food safety educator.
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST via Zoom
Ocean Explorers with Madison Registration Required
April 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th
Join your 4-H friends and marine educator Madison Dix as we explore sea life! Learn about amazing creatures, their habitats and stewardship issues surrounding ocean life.
After each presentation, there will be a 30 minute Q&A: all questions welcome! Recommended for ages 4+. Join Madison as she brings marine life to Michigan 4-H! Participants will also be provided with follow-up activities after each program. A zoom link and password will be emailed to all participants prior to the start of each session.
Time: 11:30 am EST via Zoom
Food Safety Q&A: How to Enjoy Your Fruits and Vegetables Safely Registration Required
Recommendations for selecting, storing, and washing fruits and vegetables, along with a comparison of fresh, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables. Participants are encouraged to ask their questions during the Q & A portion of the event. Food Safety Educators will be available for this session and will provide the most up-to-date research-based information.
Time: 10:00 - 10:30 AM EST via Zoom
April 20th, 21st, 22nd
Let's talk tomatoes! Each day at noon members of the MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture team will discuss vegetable gardening basics. In these 15-minute talks, we will introduce beginning gardeners to fundamental concepts in vegetable gardening. You can register through Zoom or watch Live on Facebook on the Gardening in Michigan page. If you register through Zoom you will receive a daily reminder in your email and a follow-up message with resources referenced in the talks.
Join us on Zoom for a sneak peek of the documentary “Generation Green New Deal,” a film about the historic youth-led movement to stop the climate crisis and transform America. The screening features a shortened version of the film, which will be released later this year. The documentary will be followed by a discussion about taking action on climate change and maintaining solidarity during the current pandemic, moderated by Ava Garrison and Lindsey Kemmerling of Kellogg Biological Station and Fahimeh Baziari of Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Heronwood Field Station. The program, one of many virtual events planned as part of the Kalamazoo Earth Week Celebration, is designed for teenagers and young adults interested in climate activism, but is open to all! Advance registration is appreciated: https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsf-qgrDopGNVokpkBqAHIt_2baxXfIxCs
From Tree to TP Registration Required
Discover the science behind how toilet paper is made in this virtual learning experience via Zoom at 6 PM EST. Nia Becker, Clare Conservation District Forester, will be joining us to teach about the timeline of toilet paper from starting as a tree, going through the manufacturing process, to it becoming a household commodity. We'll also discover ways to conserve toilet paper during this unique nationwide toilet paper shortage. This is sure to be an interactive experience for youth to learn where about natural resources and their connection to every day life.
This program is gear toward youth age 8 to 14 but open to all youth age 5 to 19. Each individual youth that is participating must register. A Zoom link and password will be sent via email to all participants the morning of April 30.
Zipping Around the Zoos! Registration Required
Beginning on April 4/20, this club will meet virtually every Monday and Wednesday from 3-4 PM. Over the course of three weeks, youth will get a chance to explore the different zoos across the country and learn about a variety of animals.
Meeting Dates: 4/20, 4/22, 4/27, 4/29, 5/04, & 5/06 @ 3-4 PM EDT
If you have any questions regarding the program simply email Lance Fowler (email@example.com) and he will assist you with any concerns.
Trash Warriors Registration Required
The Trash Warriors 4-H SPIN Club is 6-week digital youth community focused on tackling marine debris and plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. This club will explore the issue of marine debris through film, community and research partner presentations, and stewardship activities you can lead from home. Potential topics include microplastics research in the Great Lakes, ways to refuse to single use, reuse challenges including a Trart (Trash Art!) Contest, recycling in your community, trash cleanups, and waste audits. Targeted towards ages 9-14; younger may participate if partnered with someone older.
Meeting Dates: April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, and May 27 @ 4 - 5 PM EST. This club will meet virtually via Zoom once a week. There will also be opportunities to share experiences and explore content on FlipGrid.