4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp

The 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resource camp offers great outdoor hands-on learning experiences for students 13-15 years old. The annual camp runs for one week, held in late July or early August on the northern shores of Lake Huron in Presque Isle, Michigan.

Have Fun Outdoors

Campers can do things like explore dunes, hike through the forests, and wade through wetlands, or fish, snorkel and sail on Lake Huron — all while learning about their surroundings from natural resource professionals, teachers and science researchers.

About Camp

Camp Chickagami, is located between Alpena and Rogers City. Camp Chickagami has dormitory-style housing, small cabins, a dining hall, toilet and shower facilities. Meals will be prepared and served in the dining hall by a qualified cook. See sample Camp Schedule below.

The camp is leased for this program by Michigan 4-H Youth Development from the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan. It is operated as a camp licensed by the State of Michigan and directed by Michigan 4-H Youth Development. You do not need to be a 4-H member to attend.


Camp fees include meals, lodging, program and activity costs. Note that nearly half of the expenses of the program are covered by sponsors. Some scholarships are available. For up to date information, see camp costs.


  • 2008 National 4-H Program of Distinction
  • 2009 National 4-H and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Natural Resources Conservation Education Award (camp is a MSU Pre-College Program)


“I have learned new things every year here and hope to use them in the future.”


See: MSU Extension

Camp Contact

Laura Potter-Niesen
Camp Co-director, 4-H Youth Development
Michigan State University Extension
160 Morrill Hall of Agriculture
446 West Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-2963