The Sussex RCE/4-H Office will be closed on January 1, 2021, in honor of New Years Day.

Don’t Forget to ReEnroll in 4-H Online for this Project Year!

Last week to register to be consider a member in good standing for this project year.

Deadline to register is January 1!

Please follow these directions to re-enroll for the new 4-H program year.
To begin, go to

You should be able to login with your current information (username: email and password.) If you’ve forgotten your password, click the Reset Password link to have a temporary password sent to your email address.

And just a reminder that 4-H Online has a new look and includes new features that we hope improve your 4-H experience.

For instructions go to:

New STEP available open to all, 4-H members and Non-4-H Members.

State Bridge to 4-H Club

Next Meeting January 21

If you are a registered 4‑H member in New Jersey and are looking for a monthly online 4‑H Club experience, join Bridge to 4‑H! This is a life skills, healthy living, and leadership club. Maybe your regular 4‑H club is on hiatus, or you want to meet 4‑Hers across the state. Youth will learn financial literacy and resume-building skills, share recipes and activities to get moving, play interactive games, meet youth from across New Jersey, and so much more. For 4‑H members in grades 4–13. Sessions will run on Thursday’s from 7:00-8:00pm ( Jan 21, Feb 18, and March 18).

Bridge to 4-H registration link

January STEP Clubs

NJ 4-H Food Security Seminar Series

New Jersey 4-H is recruiting a team to participate in the World Food Prize Research Project. Youth members will work with a team to develop individual research projects addressing global food security issues. Participants will meet once a week with mentors and peers to prepare their research projects. Projects will be presented at the Rutgers University Youth Institute Summit on March 5. During this day-long program, students get to learn about critical global issues, network with local leaders, engage in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to become effective change agents in their own communities, conscientious global citizens, and tomorrow’s scientific humanitarian leaders. Sessions will run on Mondays, 7:00–8:00 pm starting January 4–February 1.

NJ 4-H Global Food Security Collation registration link

Globetasters 4: Cooking for Comfort

Warm your winter bellies with some homemade comfort food, we’ll make the recipes a bit healthier. You can cook right along with us or watch and make later. This program is for youth in grades 4–13. Sessions will run on Mondays, 4–5:30 pm starting January 4–February 22.

Globetasters 4: Cooking for Comfort registration link

Creative Creations 4‑H STEP Club

Join youth from across the state for Creative Creations 4‑H STEP club! The focus of this club will be on creatively chasing away the winter blues by cooking, crafting, and upcycling. Projects include Valentine cupcakes and cards, origami, upcycled can owls and terrariums, and much more! This program is open to all 4‑H’ers in grades 4–13. Sessions will run Thursday afternoons from 4–5 pm starting on January 7–March 11.

Creative Creations registration link

Career Detectives STEP Club: Clean Energy

Are you a youth member in grades 7–13 who is interested in learning about a future career in clean energy? If so, the Career Detectives S.T.E.P club is for you! Join us for a fun and informative mini-series to learn about how you can accomplish your dream of working in the field of clean energy. Guest speakers from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Stockton University, and the New Jersey Clean Energy Program are excited to connect with you. They will teach you about their careers and provide information about undergraduate degrees. We will be hosting fun trivia throughout the experience as well. Sessions will run January 25–27, 2021 from 7:00–8:30 pm.

Career Detectives STEP Club: Clean Energy registration link

My Body and Me (4‑H SPIN Club)

We invite 4‑H junior members (grades 4–6) to join us as we explore the human body. The human body is filled with unique systems and interesting organs that we could simply not live without! Each night, we will cover a specific system of the body and discuss the importance of that system. We will learn about ways to maintain a healthy body while doing interactive and engaging activities along the way. Youth will also have a chance to practice their presentation skills as they will work on a Career Research Assignment throughout the course and present their career at the end of the course. Sessions will run for seven Mondays at 7 pm (Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, and Mar 8).
My Body and Me registration link

4-H Intro to Computer Science Workshop

January 16, 17, 18 (MLK Weekend of Service)
5:30-6:30 p.m. each day

(only register if you can attend all three sessions)

Open to all 8th – 12th graders interested in teaching others about Computer Science (adult mentors, advisors, and club leaders working in this area are also invited to join us)

This 3-part teen-led workshop is intended to provide a basic introduction to computer science and programming.  One of our 4-H teen leaders will introduce her peers (and their adult advisors) to online activities and games that they can use to teach others about computational thinking, algorithms, Python, and more. 

No prior CS experience is necessary – sign up now!  This is a great fit for those who want to learn a variety of online activities that they can use to teach younger youth about computer science as part of their volunteer hours and community service.  You will personally learn about computer science AND also be trained to facilitate these fun activities for others! 



Squat away 2020 with this new 4-H challenge – get stronger, change your mindset, and get ready for a more confident YOU in 2021!

Click on the link to register and join the fun: WWW.TINYURL.COM/4HSQUATSCHALLENGE

Save the Date

2021 New Jersey State 4-H Model Horse Show

photo of model horse

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021
OPEN TO: 4-H members in good standing. Juniors are in 4th to 7th grade. Seniors are in 8th to 13th grade as of September 2020. *This is different than other State 4-H Equine Events.
WHERE: Virtually, using the SmugMug platform. Results will be posted as they are available throughout the day.
START TIME: Photos must be uploaded by 10 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2021. Judging will start around 9 a.m. Jan. 16, 2021.

QUESTIONS: Contact Lillian Shupe by e-mail or call/text (908) 892-3255 or Carol Ward by  e-mail or call (908) 526-6644.

ENTRIES: Due Jan. 13, 2021, Eligibility will be verified with your County 4-H office. Only registered 4-H members are eligible for this state 4-H contest. Once the entry has been received with payment, the entrant will get login information to upload photos. Y

CLASS LIMITS: Performance Classes: 2 entries per exhibitor; Halter Classes: 3 entries per exhibitor unless noted on the class list.

For more information and the show packet click here.

Goat Extravaganza Quiz Bowl

Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration due February 1 (no entry fee)

  • The contest is for individuals, not teams.
  • Any registered 4-H member in 4th grade and above may enter. There isn’t a fee.
  • We will have at least two divisions, depending on registration. Members will be in the same division as those in their age group.
  • There will be two rounds of questions per division. All members in a division will participate in the first round of 20 questions.  The top 10 will qualify for the finals in their division.

Prizes will be awarded to the top five 4-H members in each division (gift card to 4-H Mall).

NEW this year – in each round, there will be at least one question related to goats in history, popular culture, or the news.  This should make it more interesting and entertaining.

Members may study sample questions available on our state 4-H website.

Good luck, and don’t forget to sign up by February 1.  Details, including a Zoom link, will be shared after registration closes.

Share some Light

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Volunteer Resources for Virtual Engagement

  1. How to use anonymous doodle polls to hold officer elections (YouTube link), presented by Amelia Valente, Ocean County 4-H Program Associate.
  2. Fun games for virtual meetings (Zoom video), presented by Lisa Rothenburger, Somerset County 4-H Agent
  3. Interactive 4-H zoom meetings (YouTube link), presented by Ben Clawson, Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp Director
  4. 10 No Tech Ways to Engage Youth in Virtual 4-H Meetings (YouTube link), Rachel Lyons, Department of 4-H Youth Development Head

Find these and other interactive activates and programs on the NJ 4-H from Home Website.

Check out the Rutgers NJAES Online Calendar to see all of the classes and seminars that are available.
NEW Classes are added daily

Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

University Closed and Classed canceled from December 24, 2020, until January 3, 2021. Classes will resume on January 4, 2021.

Online BeeKeeping Courses start in February

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There is a fee for these courses.

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