BALDWIN — Through the collaboration of Lake County 4-H and Baldwin Community Schools, students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades had the opportunity to discover, learn, and grow as they traveled to Michigan State University to experience 4-H Exploration Days.

Exploration Days, which took place June 20 through 22, is the largest pre-college event in Michigan, drawing nearly 2500 chaperons and youth to MSU from across Michigan.

4-H Exploration Days gives youth ages 11 to 19 an authentic collegiate experience as they stay in MSU residence halls and explore interest areas and career options, increase their awareness and readiness for college and develop decision-making, independence and teamwork skills.

Participants live like college students and attend sessions that range from veterinary medicine to web design, performing arts to environmental education and many more. In total, more than 200 hands-on classroom and field trip sessions are offered.

They also have fun and make friends with people from different backgrounds and areas. 4-H volunteers and staff are on hand to provide oversight and guidance.

When not in action-packed learning sessions, participants had plethora of recreation and MSU facility tour choices such as the MSU Breslin Center, Abrams Planetarium, Demmer Center, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and 4-H Children’s Garden.

Of course, a trip to MSU is not complete without a visit to the MSU Dairy Store for ice cream, a highlight for the Baldwin students.

For more information about Exploration Days or Lake County 4-H, contact Laurie Platte Breza at (231)-745-2732 or visit the Michigan State University Extension Office, located in the Baldwin Business Center in downtown Baldwin.