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Resources for Families

 

Out-of-Doors, Wildlife, Animals

Meet adoptable animals available at on Macomb County Animal Shelter’s live “Kitties of Macomb”.

Huron Clinton Metroparks updates content regularly and features educational activities for kids of all ages, assorted videos and a new “Dear Kevin” feature that invites families to ask a question of a naturalist.

Are you getting enough Vitamin Z? While the Detroit Zoo is closed to visitors, you can enjoy the antics of penguins, otters, snow monkeys and wolves via live animal cam.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just launched one of the most comprehensive online resources we have seen so far! Focused on Michigan’s great outdoors. Featuring interpretive videos about wildlife, lesson plans, virtual field trips and more this is a resource to visit again and again

The Alliance for the Great Lakes has launched an online tool for learning about the Great Lakes for those in grades k-8

Check out this page from the Sydney (Australia) Aquarium featuring live streams of keepers in action and a variety of some most beloved sea creatures. They also offer activity sheets and craft ideas. (you’ll be asked to sign-in to view their live action cameras)

Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids is featuring a live cam of their butterfly garden.

Get Outdoors!

Macomb County is lucky to have three regional parks covering tens of thousands of acres. Under the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order, bathrooms, nature centers and other buildings are closed but the parks are open for those who want to stretch their legs and get some fresh air. Find a park near you.

Looking for more parks? Check out this finder that includes parks from all across metro Detroit

You Gotta Have Art (and culture)!

While nothing compares to the experience of seeing world-renowned art in person, but the DIA has online resources including lessons for students, art projects, virtual tours and movies!

The Michigan History Museum in Lansing offers a virtual tour of the museum.

Story Time

For as long as schools are closed, Amazon has opened an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, for free.

Concerned about the amount of time your children are spending too much time in front of a screen? Metro Parent magazine has assembled a list of great podcasts for kids.

Country music legend Dolly Parton has committed to reading a daily story and publishing it to her YouTube channel. Subscribe here

Finally, We can Start Thinking about Travel

Need some thought starters? Visit some of Pure Michigan’s most popular places – including the Mackinac Bridge, Frankenmuth, Holland and more via webcam.

Start planning your next family trip. For ideas on some of Michigan’s most interesting places to visit, catch up on DPTV’s “Under the Radar” program here.

Educational Support

Governor Whitmer has closed school buildings for the year. As a result, each school district is developing its own plan to make sure that learning continues. Please visit your district website for information.

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) has stepped up in a big way to provide resources for families. Sign up for their daily newsletter for tips on how to talk to children about coronavirus; ideas for creative craft projects; and daily programming updates

Each weekday while school buildings are closed, DPTV is featuring programming for kids. From 7-9 a.m., regular PBS KIDS program for children 2-8 years old is offered. From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., programming for those in the 4th-8th grades are offered. Programming for high schoolers is offer from 1-6 p.m. View the schedule here.

Michigan Science Center’s website has been posting a science experiment each day. Catch up here.

Study Michigan history with the help of the Upper Peninsula's Menominee Range Historical Museums. Featuring three distinct locations, learn about Michigan’s first residents and the history of mining in Michigan

MSU Extension Family Friendly Online Programs

Relaxation Tips/Stress Management

These are short video clips for relaxation tips/stress management for young children but is useful for any age. An MSU Extension childhood and family development team member is the presenter.

For Fishing Enthusiasts

For the fishing enthusiasts that could use a good visual aid for children or anyone on tying knots on fish hooks, here is a short YouTube video created by MSU Extension 4-H staff

Be a detective: Understanding disease outbreaks

This resource will provide youth with the opportunity to learn about disease controls. Participants will be able to discuss the principles of epidemiology, common epidemiologic terms and the steps epidemiologists take to investigate a disease outbreak.

Easy science, math and language arts lessons to do at home

Are you a teacher or parent trying to find some lessons that could be done at home? Visit here and try these!

National Park Virtual Tour

Have you ever wanted to travel to a different National Park without leaving your living room? Have you ever wondered what it might be like to work for the National Park Service? Join Alger County 4-H (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.

 

Life of the Straits 2020 - A Virtual Program- July 30

July 30, 2020 6:00PM - 6:30PM

Zoom Webinar

Contact: For questions or registration support, contact Elliot Nelson at elliotne@msu.edu or 906-322-0353

Overview: This program is specifically developed for 8-12 year olds in mind, but is open to whole families. The program will take place on Zoom on Thursday evenings throughout much of July and August. Each program will be a short series of fun-filled info sessions on amazing features of the Straits of Mackinac like the Mackinac Bridge, local nature preserves and more. At the end of the info sessions there will be interviews and interactive Q&As with local area experts. Each session will end with a challenge for families to go out and complete over the course of the week.

July 30 - The Les Cheneaux Islands

August 6 - Fort Michilimackinac

August 13 - Mackinac Island

Access:

You will be emailed a link to access a Zoom webinar. You will need internet access and a desktop or laptop with a webcam and microphone, or a smartphone with the Zoom app to access the webinar. Each webinar will start out with cameras and microphones turned off, but at the end during the Q&A all participants will have their cameras and microphones activated to allow interaction. In addition, all proper security measures will be taking place that will prevent any security issues. https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/life-of-the-straits-2020-a-virtual-program-july30

 

Out of this World 4-H SPIN Club

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 28th - August 13th, 2020
1 - 2 p.m. EST

Online via Zoom

Learn about the sun and all of the different planets in our solar system through the use of individual and group activities. Watch videos, play games, and utilize resources from NASA to become the most knowledgeable genius in the galaxy! This program is free and open to youth in 6th-8th grade.

Register

Fishful Thinking: Project Fish

 Do you love fishing? Ever wonder what kind of fish we have in Michigan?  Ever have issues tying the best knot for your lines? Ever wanted to make a pop can caster rod? Then Fishful Thinking: Project Fish is a program you won't want to miss. Open to Michigan youth in grades K-12. Zoom sessions are Tuesdays from August 18-September 15, 2020. Participants will meet via Zoom from 1-2 p.m. with a new topic each week. Don't miss out! Register by August 17th at https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/thinking-project-fish to receive the Zoom link and supply list. For more information, contact Mollie Hogg at hoggmoll@msu.edu.

Science Fridays

Do you love experimenting? Ever wonder why some things mix together and some don't? If yes, this is the program for you! Test different experiments that will cover topics like Earth science, chemistry, and life science. Science Fridays are August 7-August 28, 2020. Participants will meet via zoom from 10-11 am each Friday. This program is open to Michigan youth in grades K-6. Register by August 6th at https://events.anr.msu.edu/sciencefridays/ to make sure you don't miss out. Zoom link and supply list will be emailed upon registration. For more information, contact Ashley Freed at freedash@msu.edu or Jessica Price at brown130@msu.edu.

Turn Your Passions into Profits Entrepreneurship Camp

Find the entrepreneur in you by attending this free virtual camp with interactive activities that will introduce you to the 4-H entrepreneurship project. Learn about the entrepreneur in you and how to develop your own business ideas. You will also explore pricing your product, determining your target market and marketing techniques to help you succeed in starting your own business. Meetings are August 25-27, 2020 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Open to youth ages 12-15. Register online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/ENTREP/. Contact: Kathy Jamieson, jamies13@msu.edu.

Teen Talk: Money Tips

Do you have money questions?  Want to hear some money tips straight from your teenage peers?  The Michigan 4-H Money Smart Youth Ambassadors invite youth ages 10 -19 to a Zoom webinar on August 17th from 2-3pm to have your questions answered live and learn a few helpful money management ideas from teens.  Register and ask your questions at https://events.anr.msu.edu/TeenTalkMoneyTips/.  For more information, contact Laurie Rivetto at rivettol@msu.edu.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 4-H SPIN Club

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 4-H SPIN Club will begin on Monday, August 24 and end August 31, 2020. This club will meet virtually every weekday from 4 - 5 PM EDT. Over the course of the week, youth will get a chance to explore the imaginary world of Harry Potter! Participants will make crafts, play games, and learn more about this wonderful world! For more information and to register, please visit: https://bit.ly/4-HWIZARDS

4-H Riddle Scavenger Hunt GooseChase Game

Do you love games? If Laffy Taffy riddles are your favorite, then MSU Extension's 4-H Riddle Scavenger Hunt GooseChase Game is right up your alley. This game will take place within the GooseChase App. From August 10-21, 2020, youth will receive up to three riddle missions daily that they need to solve. This program is open to all Michigan 4-H and non 4-H youth. Please note that the GooseChase platform is designed for ages 13+ and parent permission is needed to participate. Any youth over 13 can download the GooseChase app to their phone or tablet; younger participants or youth without a phone or tablet can partner with an older sibling or parent/guardian to play as a team. Register at https://events.anr.msu.edu/riddlescavengerhunt/ by August 9th. GooseChase Game Code will be given upon registration. Contacts: Ashley Freed, freedash@msu.edu, or Jessica Price, brown130@msu.edu.

Fostering Stability for Life 4-H SPIN Club

Fostering Stability for Life 4-H SPIN Club will start on Monday, August 24 and end August 31. During these meetings, participants ages 9+ will be walking through four practical rhythms to establish in life - Rest, Restore, Connect, Create. Come learn how to take charge of your mental health. FREE. For more information and to register, please visit https://bit.ly/4-HLIFE. Questions? Contact 4-H SPIN Club Coordinator Lance Fowler at fowler37@msu.edu.