About Kettunen Center

Northern Michigan’s Full-Service Conference & Retreat Facility

Kettunen Center closed permanently July 1, 2020. Read more.


Kettunen Center is a full-service conference and retreat facility, owned and operated by the Michigan 4-H Foundation. We are located outside Tustin, Michigan, just 20 minutes south of Cadillac.

Situated on 153 acres of northern Michigan rolling hills and forests on Center Lake, Kettunen Center provides beauty, serenity, and tranquility in a natural setting with many opportunities to unwind and explore while taking care of business.

Kettunen Center is the natural place for your next conference.

Kettunen Center is a focal point for statewide 4-H leader training and development and serves as a learning center for many other groups. We offer programs and services which reflect the values of 4-H and the center’s natural resources.

Kettunen Center, owned and operated by the Michigan 4-H Foundation, opened in 1961 as the first 4-H volunteer and youth training center in the nation.

Arne G. Kettunen, state 4-H leader from 1925 to 1956 and incorporator of the Michigan 4-H Foundation, envisioned a site where 4-H could grow through the training of its volunteers and members. In 1956, only four years after the Michigan 4-H Foundation was incorporated, it acquired 140 acres of property in rural Osceola County in Tustin, MI. That same year, the foundation launched its first major fundraising campaign for the construction of “Camp Kett,” which was renamed Kettunen Center in 1972. Although A.G. Kettunen didn’t live to see his dream made real, the center continues to bear his name.

Today, Kettunen Center is a complete conference and retreat facility on 153 acres of forest and wetlands and has emerged as a premier facility for youth, volunteer and professional development. 4-H and other youth-serving organizations, state agencies, church groups and other organizations have also found Kettunen Center’s naturally secluded and environmentally-rich grounds great for workshops, summer camps and group retreats.

Each year Kettunen Center hosts about 200 conferences that attract more than 10,000 visitors. Revenue generated from these conferences help support the mission and vision of Michigan 4-H Youth Development.

DISCLAIMER:   As a Michigan 4-H Foundation facility, Kettunen Center is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Programs, activities and facilities are available to all and are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. 

NOTICE:  Kettunen Center no longer allows fireworks on site.