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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

On June 30, 2020, Governor Whitmer released a Return to School Roadmap, a 63-page guide for schools that covers topics such as personal protective equipment, good hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, and other strategies designed to slow the spread of the deadly SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease, more commonly known as COVID-19). Each school district and school board has designed programs that they believe meet the needs of their communities. Please visit your district’s website for more information regarding your child’s school.

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

The Detroit Institute of Art is offering lesson plans, visual presentations and activities here. Learn about Brugel’s famous painting, “The Wedding Dance,” take Lessons in Asian Art or immerse your learners in Michigan’s Great Lakes through Jeff Gaydash’s stunning photographs.

The Henry Ford Museum has a wealth of programs for all grade levels, from short activities to in-depth units, from Invention Convention to Innovate for Tots. To access these units click here.

MSU Extension Family Friendly Online Programs

4-H in the Kitchen Live

Youth ages 5-19 can explore the kitchen and learn how to bake cookies with MSU Extension's "4-H in the Kitchen Live". The virtual program begins September 2, 2020 at 4 p.m. Participants will learn about the proper ways to mix ingredients, safety in the kitchen, and cleanliness. Register by August 28 at https://events.anr.msu.edu/4hInTheKitchen/ to receive recipes and the meeting link. For more information, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Aaron Myers at 231-301-5622 or myersaa1@msu.edu.

I Insult Thee!

Join MSU Extension 4-H for theatrical fun on August 19 from 4-5 p.m. and take part in an activity centered around Shakespeare. Learn how he developed a knack for inventing his own words and how, particularly through the use of insults in his plays, his words were remembered for over 400 years. It's free and open to youth ages 5-19, but registration is required to receive the program link. Register online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/InsultThee/ by August 17. For more information, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Aaron Myers at 231-301-5622 or myersaa1@msu.edu.

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.

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.

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.

NEW! Virtual Series for Home-Based Learners

Registration is live for MSU Tollgate Farm's 2 new Fall weekly interactive virtual series.

The Secret Life of Trees
(Grades K-2) 11 a.m. EST October 5, 12, 19, 26, & November 2

Explore the secret life of trees as we investigate big ideas - how trees have unique and diverse life cycles and how they have amazing structures and functions that help them survive and grow. Do trees compete or cooperate as they use resources in their own environment to survive? Which trees grow at Tollgate Farm and why? How are they alike and different from the trees in the students yard, park, or schoolyard? Interact with MSU Tollgate Farm staff, visit the fields and gardens, engage in STEM challenges. Register here.

Follow The Nutrient Trail
(Grades 3-5) 3:30 p.m. EST October 8, 15, 22, 29 & November 5

How do plants and animals depend on their parts and on other living things to help them survive? Let's follow the nutrient trail of consumers, producers, and decomposers as we meet our goats, chickens, and red wiggler friends, the worms! Visiting the garden, greenhouse, orchard, and animal barn, students will investigate how plants depend on animals and insects for their survival and how the energy of the sun and nutrients travel through the nutrient cycle. Students interact with Tollgate Farm staff as they question, hypothesize, experiment, analyze data, conclude and question again through hands-on STEAM challenges. Register here.

Financial aid process available. For more information on these programs, visit our school and community programs page here.

4-H in the Kitchen Live! Ultimate Grilled Cheese
(For ages 5 to 19 as of Jan 1, 2021) October 17 3:00 p.m.

Participants will be learning how to make Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwiches using low and non-fat ingredients.Thi s program will be done over Zoom. Participants will receive the recipe and a zoom invite two days prior to the event. The deadline to register is Oct. 14, 2020.

For more information, click here

Financial aid process available. For more information on these programs, visit our school and community programs page here.

Guiding Principles for Highly Successful Parenting Webinars
For Parents 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. EST October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2

This is a series class so please plan to attend all five weeks. Guiding Principles for Highly Successful Parenting is a parenting series to help you explore ways that you can be highly effective in raising your kids to be successful in school and in life. This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore:

  • Developing family routine
  • Developing emotional control in your child
  • Being a calm assertive parent
  • Developing consistent rules and relationships
  • Learning from mistakes and developing empathy & the ability to be thankful as a result

To register for this free series, click here.