BALDWIN -- National 4-H Week was scheduled this year for Oct. 6-12, during which millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country celebrate everything 4-H.

Lake County 4-H is observing National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

The theme of this year's National 4-H Week is "Inspire Kids to Do," which highlights how 4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement.

The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county -- from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities -- are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career.

Lake County 4-H launched National 4-H Week with a Fall 4-H Kick-Off Celebration event at Shrine of the Pines in Baldwin.

Youth, both new and returning 4-H members, spent the morning walking the trails, touring the on-site museum of early 20th-century craft furniture, watching salmon in the Pere Marquette River, and testing their skills at a scavenger hunt.

Learn more about 4-H at 4-H.org, facebook.com/4-H and twitter.com/4H. For more information about the Lake County 4-H program and open clubs, call Laurie Platte Breza, 4-H program coordinator, at (231) 745-2732 or stop by the MSU Extension office, located within the Baldwin Business Center in downtown Baldwin.