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Resources for Families

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

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

For the family preparing their students for college

Adulting 101-College Prep Webinar:
May 5 General Financial Aid
May 12 Student Loans
May 19 College Success Strategies – Tips and Tricks
May 26 College Wellness Resources

Workout with Nikki – Exercise games

May 6 from 9:30-10 am

Join by Zoom or FaceBook Live

Join the 4-H Healthy Living team with activities that are engaging and get you moving.  These morning movement sessions provide fun ways to be healthy and active such as dancing, exercising and running.

MSU Extension’s Family Yoga with Kylie

May 5 7, 12 & 14

Contact: Kylie Rymanowicz,

Stuck inside? Yoga is a great way to exercise, practice mindfulness, manage stress and get moving! Join MSU Extension’s Family Yoga with Kylie for some yoga and mindfulness to keep your family moving and active. All ages and abilities welcome! No yoga experience required. All you’ll need is comfy clothes and an internet connection.

Join us via Zoom:
Step 1: Download the Zoom app:
Step 2: Join the meeting at: or join us via Facebook Live - check out our Facebook page - MI Stronger Family - Michigan State University Extension

International Conversation with Michigan Exchange Alumni webinar

May 8 from 10am-Noon

Families interested in Norwegian and Ukrainian culture and current events can join the International Conversation with Michigan Exchange Alumni webinar by visiting and registering from this web page:

Running With Sarah-Prepare for a 4K

May 8 from 9:30-10 am

Join by Zoom or FaceBook Live

Join the 4-H Healthy Living team with activities that are engaging and get you moving.  These morning movement sessions provide fun ways to be healthy and active such as dancing, exercising and running.

Home Heroes Goose Chase – Open To Youth Across Michigan

May 10-17

Any youth 13-19 can download the GooseChase app to their phone or tablet; younger youth or youth without a phone or tablet can partner with an older sibling or parent/guardian to play as a Team. We will be taking advantage of virtual prizes and will be given for high points and for creative submissions. A pizza gift card from your local pizzeria will be sent to the person with the highest number of points at the end of the game!

Tik Tok Dances with H&H

May 11 9:30 – 10 am

We will be demonstrating clean TikTok dances. If you would like to search for more dances online, make sure you are only searching for clean versions, because some videos of TikTok dances have explicit lyrics and moves.  Make sure you check with your parents before you search for TikTok dances, if you are under the age of 18.  MI 4-H and Michigan State University does not promote the use of the TikTok app for any Michigan youth under the age of 18, as per TikToc’s terms of service.

Workout with Nikki – Exercise games

May 13 from 9:30-10 am

Join by Zoom or FaceBook Live

Join the 4-H Healthy Living team with activities that are engaging and get you moving.  These morning movement sessions provide fun ways to be healthy and active such as dancing, exercising and running.

Virtual DIY Spa Products SPIN Club

June 1, 3-4 pm

Students 9-13 are invited to join us as we learn how to use botanicals to make all-natural skincare products. We will introduce the basics of plant science, stress management, and entrepreneurship through interactive activities. Students will learn how to use the power of plants to make their own bath bombs, sugar scrubs, lip balms, and more! This club will meet via zoom meetings on June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, and July 6 from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. HOW TO JOIN: Register Online: After you have registered, you will receive an email with the zoom link & password. Please Note: This club is free and open to youth throughout the state. However, youth outside of Eaton County will need to find their own supplies in order to make their spa products. Contact Rachel, SPIN club coordinator, for more information: 517-543-2310 or email

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.

Capturing Our New Normal: A Michigan Teen Photo Project

Michigan teens ages 13-19, share the stories of your lives in this new time through your photos. Find out more and register online at Participants will meet via Zoom weekly from April 13-June 1, 2020.

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.

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. There will be time to ask questions as well. April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, and May 15.

Grow a Giant Pumpkin Workshop/Competition

May 12 – June 30 11 a.m.

Join by Zoom

Grow a GIANT pumpkin from seed to harvest. Learn through online videos and emails for 6 weeks. Then care for the plant and pumpkin for the rest of the summer. Then come back to the group this fall to see who grew the largest. Largest pumpkin this fall will win a prize!

All materials (except some newspaper and a place in your garden) will be provided.

From Egg to Coop

May 16 – June 6 from 11-11:30 am

Join by Zoom

Any youth can join. Presented by Leelanau County 4-H

This free, 4-week 4-H Backyard Chicken course is open to anyone and offered on Saturdays, May 16, 23, 30 and June 6, 2020. The topics that are covered include: embryology, considerations before you get started with raising backyard chickens, where to get chickens, adult chickens versus raising from chicks, breeds, daily care and housing. This family friendly course is led by Leslie Suitor, local owner of Rent-A-Chicken and Leelanau County 4-H Volunteer. Come prepared with your questions! You will receive an email with a Zoom invite and password to join.

Jedi Training Club

May 21- June 18, 11 am – 12 noon

Join by Zoom

Any youth can join. Presented by Mackinac County 4-H

Do you have what it takes to harness the force and become a guardian of peace and justice? Can you follow in the footsteps of Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Rey? Find your inner harmony young padawan. Join in the journey to take down the Sith. Each session will explore a new skill of the Jedi through mindfulness. Our last sessions will be the Jedi trials, where after completion you will become a Jedi Knight. Join 4-H as you embrace the ways of THE FORCE