posted on July 2, 2012 1:34pm

Media contact prior to event:  Michelle Lavra 517-432-1555, ext. 141
Media contact during event:
  Jacob DeDecker 517-432-7604

Locations: East Lansing, Kellogg Biological Station, Gratiot County Wind Farm, additional west Michigan locations

Hours:  Monday, 12 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to noon

Michigan State University (MSU) will host the Michigan 4-H Discovery Camp on July 9 –13, 2012. Designed for youth ages 13 to 19, the five-day camp explores how Michigan’s abundant natural resources and growing agriculture industry are changing the face of energy by offering an alternative to fossil-based fuels.

Through hands-on experiments, youth will work alongside Michigan’s leading bioenergy scientists to collect data, conduct experiments, make their own biofuel and learn about innovative research.

Youth will also tour the following facilities:

On-campus labs – Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
Observing cutting-edge research centered on turning biomass into biofuel, youth will learn about new ideas and technologies that will play a significant role in future of energy.

Kellogg Biological Station – Hickory Corners, Mich.

Participating in hands-on research of a new biofuel crop, youth will also discuss water quality and quantity needs, greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable production practices.

Zeeland Farm Services – Zeeland, Mich.

Learning the importance of processing raw commodities, youth will tour the commercial production facility and watch soybeans being processed for biodiesel and food-grade oil.

Carbon Green Bioenergy – Lake Odessa, Mich.

Youth will observe and help facility employees turn corn bushels into ethanol.

Gratiot County Wind Farm – Gratiot County, Mich.

Youth will visit an operating wind farm and learn how wind can impact the future and how much energy it can generate.

MSU Power Plant – Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

Youth will tour the plant and see how conventional and alternative energy sources are being used to power MSU.

For a complete schedule of Discovery Camp events and media opportunities, contact Jacob DeDecker or Michelle Lavra.  

Michigan 4-H involves more than 185,000 young people and 25,000 adult volunteers and operates through a partnership between county governments, Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 4-H youth are involved in a variety of programs including entrepreneurship, environmental education, healthy lifestyles, citizenship, personal development and science and technology.

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