4-H is where adults help and support kids to explore and develop their potential. It's where kids and adults come together to share and expand their talents and interests. 4-H is helping kids take leadership for their lives and the decisions they make. It's where develop-mental assets are built and boys and girls can develop into responsible, caring citizens. 4-H is where families can experience hands-on activities in many interest areas. Extension 4-H staff provide an orientation to asset-based youth development principles and learning/teaching methods; training opportunities for adults and teens; research-based, age-appropriate learning materials; and support to 4-H club volunteers and others working with youth.
Agriculture programmingprovides educational opportunities and information that help clients in commercial agriculture, forestry, ornamentals and turf, home horticulture, and pest management. Main areas of activity include Integrated Pest Management, tree fruit production, support of Northwest Michigan grape and wine industry, farmer and public education on pesticide/fertilizer safety and use, pest, disease and plant diagnostics, Master Gardener programming, and more.
Due to rapid and persistent growth in our area, it is important to provide educational programs and technical assistance in community development and land use to insure the best possible future. Some programs offered include Citizen Planner, Affordable Housing, New Designs for Growth and Strategies for Organizational Success. Technical assistance provides strategic planning facilitation, community and organizational assessment and visioning processes.
Family and Consumer Science programs utilize research-based information to teach skills that will help families improve their quality of life. Areas of programming include: Nutrition and Food Safety, Parent Education and Family Resource Management.
The Michigan Water Stewardship Program (formerly the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program) provides education, risk assessment and technical assistance to help reduce the risks of the groundwater contamination associated with pesticides and nitrogen fertilizer use. Both agricultural and residential outreach are available covering such topics as abandoned well closure; pesticide, fertilizer and petroleum management & storage; sprayer calibration; Clean Sweep (pesticide disposal); groundwater contamination investigations, Right To Farm inspections and agri-chemical spill assistance.
Michigan Sea Grant is a cooperative program of MSU and the University of Michigan. The program supports Great Lakes research, education, and outreach. Field agents respond to a variety of Great Lakes and water resource concerns including recreational and commercial fisheries, boating and marinas, shoreline erosion, watershed management, zebra mussels and other invaders, coastal tourism, youth education and shipwreck protection.
Grand Traverse MSUE
Grand Traverse County MSU Extension brings Michigan State University research based information to Grand Traverse County. We provide information and educational outreach on agriculture, family and consumer sciences, parenting, youth devleopment, child safety, nutrition, Great Lakes environmental and ecological issues, and water quality.
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. Issued in furtherance of MSU Extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Thomas G. Coon, Director, MSU Extension, East Lansing, MI 48824. This information is for educational purposes only. Reference to commercial products or trade names does not imply endorsement by MSU Extension or bias against those not mentioned.