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4-H Children’s Gardens Summer Programs Canceled; Butterfly School offered online

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By Norm Lownds, Curator, Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden
Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, we have canceled all programs through September 1. We are following the directives from MSU Extension as stated here:
On April 2, 2020, Michigan State University leadership made the key decision to modify or suspend youth events scheduled to take place this summer on MSU’s campus. This, combined with Gov. Whitmer’s announcement that in-person K-12 instruction is suspended for the remainder of the academic year, has informed changes to our guidance to MSU Extension’s youth programming:
  • All on-campus MSU youth events scheduled to occur before September 1, 2020 must be modified to an online space, postponed or cancelled.
  • No face-to-face youth events or programs may take place anywhere in the state, including summer camps, until September 1, 2020. This also includes MSU Extension youth programming at the Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning and Innovation, MSU Tollgate Farm and Conference Center, Summer Discovery Cruises and other programs throughout the state.
We are planning for the resumption of our regular programming starting in September.
In the meantime, our Butterfly School is now available online! Learn about butterflies from Miss Jessica in the butterfly lab, play a butterfly life cycle game, and earn a 4-H Children’s Garden Butterfly School certificate! Learn more at: https://4hgarden.msu.edu/butterflies.
The 4-H Children’s Gardens will remain open this summer and we expect to see many visitors as restrictions on movement are relaxed. We will be operating with a reduced crew so if you stop by, don’t be surprised to see Jessica and myself watering and weeding. We hope you will say “Hi,” while maintaining proper social distancing.
Please do everything you can to stay safe and healthy!