In-Depth Sessions

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Buses will depart the Amway Center at 1:30 PM and return by 5:30 PM (unless specified otherwise).  You MUST be a registered attendee to purchase in-depth session tickets. Tickets may not be purchased for guests, unless the guest is a registered attendee (i.e., full conference, daily, etc.). 

Each in-depth session has a minimum guarantee and a maximum allowed. If your session does not meet its minimum by September 1, it may be cancelled. If so, we will notify you with alternate options. 

If you are paying by check (rather than pay by credit card online), your spot in the in-depth sessions will NOT be guaranteed until payment is received. All In-Depth Sessions will be ticketed events, and you must have a ticket for a specific activity to be admitted. In-depth session tickets will not be sold onsite at the conference. 

OFFSITE In-Depth Session Details:

In-Depth Session Title Program Area Program Description Learning Objectives
An Apple a Day...Grown in West Michigan
Food and Nutrition, Food Safety, Community and Economic Development Tour the apple industry in West Michigan. Michigan ranks #3 in apple production. See a cold storage and packing facility as well as stop at a local farmer's market. Learn about apple growing, harvesting, storage, packing, food safety and retailing.
Art and Horticulture in West Michigan 
Horticulture Take a tour of Frederick Meijer Gardens and sculpture park. The Sculpture Park features significant works of art within a variety of natural settings connected by waterways, meandering paths, lawns, meadows and quiet walkways. Within the Sculpture Park's 30 acres is one of the most comprehensive collections of outdoor sculpture in the world. Two permanent attractions of interest to Family and Consumer Educators include the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden and the Michigan's Farm Garden.  Ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide by Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has grown to become an international destination. The sculpture program features more than 200 works in the permanent collection sited both indoors and outdoors on the 158-acre main campus. Participants will learn how gardens for children and food are utilized in horticulture spaces and could be embedded within FCS programs. 
Grand Rapids Art Scene Sustainable Living: Textiles, Clothing, Housing, Environment)

Take a very short walk (2/10 of a mile-5 minute) to the Grand Rapids Art Museum to take part in a guided tour of their collection. This tour will also include an art-making workshop. If time allows and weather permitted, we will also take a short walk around the Museum and conference center to view some of the Art Prize permanent installation. *The art making workshop topic TBD. Depends on who they have available to teach.

Learn about sustainable living and tourism through cultural events.  
Grand Rapids Furniture Making Traditions: Past and Present Sustainable Living: Textiles, Clothing, Housing, Environment; Community and Economic Development Learn about high-quality furniture making from a century ago until today in Grand Rapids. Tour both historical exhibits and a site where educators create inspiring learning environments to meet the changing needs of students and teachers. Learn about the furniture manufacturing industry in Grand Rapids, from household brands in the past to office furniture in the present.
Town, Lighthouse, and Lake Tour Community and Economic Development Take a tour of one Michigan's lakeside towns, Holland, Michigan. Learn about downtown development, tourism and the history of this the this Dutch settlement. This tour will also visit the shores of Lake Michigan with a visit at the Big Red lighthouse, one Michigan's many Great Lake lighthouse. Learn about tourism development- utilizing small business development - history/culture of the area and the natural resources.
Fifth Third Ballpark  Community and Economic Development, Entertainment Fifth Third Ballpark has been a part of the West Michigan community and home to the West Michigan Whitecaps Minor League Baseball Team since 1994.  In recent years, the 10,000 seat facility has become an entertainment destination for anything from a business meeting for 20 to a full-scale company picnic for 8,000.  Learn about tourism, events management, and daily activities of LMCU Ballpark staff. 
Founders Beer University Student Tour  Food & Beverage Grand Rapids is home to Founders Brewing Company which opened its doors in 1997 by Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers- who share passion for entrepreneurship and beer-making. Founders Brewing Co. has grown to become the largest brewery in the state of Michigan with taprooms in Grand Rapids and Detroit, and distribution in all 50 states. Your tour will include catwalk views of the production facility along with a Q&A session with various employees from admin and production departments. Beer is a great connector of people, and the taproom is just the place to share stories and enjoy Founders Brewing Co. beer. Cheers! Learn about tourism, entrepreneurship, beer production, finance, and safety.
Grand Rapids Downtown Market Community and Economic Development, Food and Nutrition, Food Safety Learn about the incubator kitchen and how local businesses utilize it at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Shop for tea, coffee and other delicacies at over 25 businesses in the market hall.  Learn about the sustainable green building that makes up the Downtown Market. See pieces of art from Art Prize. Learn how MSU Extension has partnered with the market.  After touring the market meet entrepreneurs who have worked with the MSU Product Center to develop their food products from home based to now retail. Learn how they developed their specialty products, where their ideas came from and best of all sample their products. Some of these products may be for sale. Economic development, process of developing a food product to sell locally or regionally or broader.


ONSITE In-Depth Session Details:

In-Depth Session Title Program Area Program Description Learning Objectives

Michigan ACES Initiative

Child Development/Child Care/Parenting

Virtual ACES Training The Michigan ACE Initiative is focused on raising awareness about Adverse Childhood Experiences and developing trauma-informed, healing organizations and communities across the state.

Learn about the priorities
of the Michigan ACEs Initiative