The RCE/4-H Office will be closed Monday, February 15, 2021 in observance of President’s Day.

2021 County Public Presentations Registration

The last day to Register is TOMORROW (2/15)!

Even under CO-VID19 safety restrictions, we are moving forward with Presentations, just in a different format.

4-H members will have a choice to either participate in one of our four Zoom evening events or submit a video recording of their public presentations.

Our Zoom presentation nights have been scheduled for our traditional first 4 Fridays in March, March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, and being at 6:45 pm. We will start in a group for announcements and instructions, but then use the breakout feature in Zoom to create virtual classrooms just as we would have with in-person presentations. Moreover, each zoom room will have two judges for evaluation. They, along with the audience will be able to ask questions after you present. While this may not be our traditional event, we are trying to replicate as much as we can in the virtual setting.

The second option will be to submit a recorded Virtual Public Presentation (VPP). This would require videoing yourself or having someone video you giving your presentations, saving it, and then uploading it to a YouTube or similar account. Once uploaded you will share the link with the county office. This is a great option for those who have never given a presentation or are afraid to in a group setting. It is a chance to go through the process and get some feedback on how you would do in front of an audience. We will send you further instructions after your registration in 4H Online is confirmed. The deadline to have your video submitted for review will be March 15.

You must be registered in and register through 4-H Online to participate in either option. Registrations will only be accepted via 4HOnline. Please use the following guide to help you. How to Register for Events in 4-H Online 2.0. The deadline to register is February 15.

If you are new to 4-H presentations or need a refresher, please download the Introduction Guide for more information about 4-H Presentations and their requirements. In addition, there is also a You-Tube video on how to give a public presentation. “4-H Public Presentations; A How-To Guide”  It’s a great resource for those presenting for the first time, but also a great aid as a reminder for more seasoned presenters.   

Community Service Hours Available

Middle and High School Members in need community service hours the 4-H office is looking for help to serve as virtual Room Host for our Zoom Presentation Nights.
Must have a basic understanding of Zoom and ability to help presenters troubleshoot problems.

If you would like to help please Contact Tanya Patrie at to volunteer.

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

Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops

February, Tuesday 15 at 6:00 pm: Being a More Confident Public Speaker—Workshop for Teens

February, Tuesday 23 at 7:00 pm: Celebrating Black History through Photography: Creating a mini permanent personal exhibit- Youth grades 5–12 welcome

February, Tuesday 25 at 7:00 pm: Open Mic for All Ages

February 18 at 6 pm: Parliamentary Procedures for Running a Club, Open to All Ages

NJ 4-H STEP Clubs

State Bridge to 4-H Club

Next Meeting February 18

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 (Feb 18, and March 18).

Bridge to 4-H registration link

Finer Things Book Club

Join us on the 4th Thursday of the month to discuss the book of the month. We’ll talk about our favorite parts, lessons learned, and more. This month we’ll meet on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 pm to talk about the book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This group is for youth in grades 8–13, so we recommend the regular version of the book, but the Young Readers’ Edition is okay, too. Check out your local library for a copy and join us for the February meeting—and help us choose our book for next month! Our first session is on Thursday, February 25 and additional sessions will be scheduled with club members following the first meeting.

Finer Things Book Club registration link

Money Matters: Reducing Your Risk

Youth will learn to identify some of the most common money mistakes people make and understand why people fall prey to financial issues. Teens will start forming good financial habits now so that that they can reduce risks in the future, such as avoiding scams and fraud, identity theft, predatory lending, and bankruptcy. The club is geared towards youth in grades 8–12. Sessions will meet on Tuesdays from 3:00–4:00 pm from March 2–30, 2021.

Money Matters: Reducing Your Risk registration link

Travel Bug STEP Club

We may not be able to travel right now, but we can still take a trip to some faraway lands to learn about what it’s like to visit some beautiful countries. Join us each week as we embark on adventures to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland and England, Belgium, Italy, Belize, and Chile. This program is open to youth in grades 7–9. Sessions will be held on Thursday afternoons from 4:00–5:30 pm from April 1–29, 2021.

Travel Bug STEP Club registration link

Globetasters 5: 30 Minute Meal Mondays

Join us for Globe Tasters 4-H Cultural Cuisine S.T.E.P. Club—Session 5. 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, 4–5:30pm starting March 1 thru April 19.

Registration coming soon

STEP Clubs Coming Soon

– Bird Nerds …coming soon

– Career Explores: Marine Science…coming soon

Be a Better You
Ongoing 10-week Challenge

Are you ready to “Be a Better You” in 2021? Join us to embrace all four of the H’s as we take on a 10-week challenge. Build skills, change your mindset, get involved in service, and improve your health! Share your progress, interact with other challenge participants, and get recognition for your accomplishments with us on our private Padlet board!

 Let’s start 2021 by Making the Best Better!

Be a Better You challenge: Activities for all ages

  • This is an informal, fun event but all entries will be judged and receive recognition
  • Youth in interested in participating should register by emailing Laura Bovitz ( with their name, grade, and county.
  • Entries should be a video posted on the Flipgrid site (  Videos should include an quick introduction of the 4-Hers, what they are making (and anything interesting about why they chose the food item), the ingredients they used, the steps to make the food item, and the finished product.  Edit the video is allowed or at least stopping the video if the cooking time is more than a couple of minutes.

The entries will be judged based on their creativity, enthusiasm displayed, use of ingredients, preparation technique, and the finished product.

Mark your calendar for Minecraft 4-H Camp!

The Morris County 4-H Minecraft club members have done it again!  The Minecraft 4-H Club members have recreated the beloved L.G. Cook 4-H Camp in the virtual world. Enjoy sledding on the hill, boating on the lake, singing by the campfire, and hiking through the woods all from the comfort of your home! Experience 4-H Camp like never before!

Sign up for WINTER Camp on February 19 and
 SUMMER Camp on February 20.

The New Jersey 4-H State Teen Council Organization is looking to plan a meeting to further develop the new statewide 4-H Teen Council. This opportunity is open to 4-H teens in grades 9-11 with at least one full year of 4-H experience.
Register to receive Meeting information at

February 23 , 2021 3:00pm-4:00pm

Open to Public • Grades 1-4

Put on your lab coats and get ready for some do-it-yourself science! Join us from 3 to 4 pm on Zoom where we’ll be exploring the wild world of hands-on science. In this fully interactive event, get ready to engage your brain with exciting experiments and creative activities.

This event is open to all youth (you do not need to be a 4-H member to participate!) in grades 1-4. So register below and invite your non-4-H friends to have some fun and learn a little something along the way. All participants will be emailed the necessary resources prior to the event.

Meeting Registration – Zoom

Thursday, February 24 7:00 pm

Focused on fun, interactive games – join the Somerset County 4-H Association Teen Committee for their monthly Virtual Teen Social. Open to teens in grades 6-12, this is a great way to meet new people and make some friends while playing games both online and on your phone.

Must be Pre-Registered to Participate
4-H Teen Social (

Online “Ask a Rutgers Scientist –
Meet with Experts at the forefront of COVID-19 & Community Health”  

Register here today!

Submit your questions in advance for the
health experts to address during the live program here.

The SJTC Teen and Staff Planning Committee is excited to offer the South Jersey 4-H Teen Conference virtually.

The teen and adult members of the South Jersey 4-H Teen Conference Planning Committee invite you to join us for EMPOWERED TOGETHER WHILE APART, a virtual teen conference on Saturday, March 20th. The conference will take place via Zoom from 9:45 am to 1:00 pm.

This half-day conference is open to teens in 8th grade through one year out of high school who would like to come together with other teens to be inspired, see old friends and make new ones, learn new life skills, share some laughs, and feed your soul (and your belly!).

Highlights include:

  • Renowned Keynote Speaker Rhett Laubach, BE A TORCHBEARER!
  • Two sessions of empowering workshops on mindfulness, upcycling DIY, decluttering tips, and how to strengthen your mental health and financial muscles.
  • Create your own Buddha Bowl lunch with the help of Globetaster 4-H STEP Club chefs
  • Our conference wrap-up will be a fun compilation video starring YOU! Submit a 10-15 second TikTok-like video on one change you can make or one thing you can do to help the environment.
  • Each participant will receive an AMAZING conference swag bag!

For full details click here, including a save-the-date flyer, conference agenda, speaker’s bio, workshop descriptions, and Buddha Bowl lunch activity flyer.

Be a part of this awesome event by registering at:
Don’t hesitate – The conference registration deadline is MONDAY, MARCH 8th!

The cost of this conference is $30.00. Please send payment to your county office by Friday, March 12th.

Thanks, and don’t hesitate to contact your county 4-H staff for more information.

Junior Breeder Symposium – Saturday, March 27

This year’s NJ Junior Breeder Symposium will be held online, via Zoom, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 (NO fee this year).  We have put together an all-star line-up of Rutgers professors, veterinarians, animal care professionals, graduate students, and volunteers.  Register today (it’s FREE) to learn about animal care, behavior, training, breeding, showmanship, and more through three interactive sessions that you choose!  Our experts will engage both youth and adults through live demonstrations, discussions, illustrated talks, and games.

Sessions are designed for those interested in horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and rabbits.  There are also some more general sessions that are useful for those in any animal project.  Full descriptions of each session can be found on the Junior Breeder Symposium web page. Once you proceed to the registration page, you will be asked to choose one session from each time slot.

All Youth and Adults Must Register by March 15
More details, along with a Zoom link, will be shared a week before the event.

Thank you to Farm Credit East for their generous support of this year’s symposium.  The symposium is a collaboration between Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the NJ Department of Agriculture.  4-H and FFA members interested in low-interest loans through the Junior Breeder Program should contact Lynn Mathews at  For questions about symposium offerings or registration, contact Chad Ripberger at

2021 Citizen Washington Focus
“Youth Voice”

The theme of this year’s Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) will be “Youth Voice”. Youth will explore topics such as Civil Discourse, Informed Decision Making, Media Literacy, and discuss methods to assess the needs in their community and identify the best ways for young people to affect change.

CWF will be a virtual, 5 week, one evening per week, program. The once-a-week sessions will be held on either a Sunday or Monday night for 2-3 hours in late June and July. The start date is yet to be determined.

Applications are due to Tanya Patrie ( by March 19. For the application and more info go to:

2021 Team Velvet Coloring Page Contest

All New Jersey 4-H members are invited to participate in a special service project to help children.

Team Velvet, Inc. helps children overcome trauma with the help of three therapy horses. On its website is a section “Fun Stuff For Kids” which includes printable coloring pages to download and color. Team Velvet would like to expand the selection of coloring pages from a variety of young artists.

Drawings must be simple, black and white line drawings that fit on 8.5 by 11-inch paper, ideal for children ages 5 to 12 to color. The drawings can include one or more of the Team Velvet, Inc, horses, but that is not required. Drawings should fit with the theme of love and happiness but not be religious.

The staff of Team Velvet, Inc. will select several to be displayed on the website in the Fun Stuff for Kids’ with credit provided to the artist. All artists who submit a drawing will get a printable certificate of service from the organization. The artist grants permission for Team Velvet, Inc. to use the artwork on its website, for fundraising, as part of a coloring book, and for other purposes.

For more information see the Contest Application.

More information about the Team Velvet organization go to: Team Velvet – Horse Facilitated Child Trauma Therapy

Agricultural Scholarships are now available

Agricultural Scholarships are presented each year by the Ag. Division of the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show and applications are now being accepted for any Sussex County graduating high school senior or college student currently enrolled in an agricultural program pursuing a two or four-year degree, or graduate studies in one of the many fields of Agriculture. 

For more information and the application please go to and click on Fairgrounds/Ag/Ag. History for the PDF application.  Information is also available in local guidance offices.  Mail application to the Ag. Scholarship Selection Committee, c/o G. Danko, P.O Box 2456, Branchville, NJ 07826.  The deadline is April 15th.

To view all scholarships that may available to 4-H members go to Forms – Sussex County 4-H ( and scroll down to the Scholarship section.

AgDiscovery is a summer camp outreach program designed to help middle through high school-aged students explore careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, plant pathology, aquaculture, and much more. This 2-4 week program allows participants to live on a college campus, and discover agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians, industry representatives, and professionals working for the U.S. government. Students who participate in AgDiscovery experience hands-on labs, workshops, field trips, and other group and team-building activities.

View the AgDiscovery Website to learn more about what the program has to offer. The application deadline is March 25, 2021.

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Caring adults are needed to volunteer to help us evaluate those 4-H youth taking part in our presentations program.

If you or someone you know would like to serve as a 4-H public presentation judge, please contact Tanya at for more information about how you can help. Or you may go ahead and sign up to serve as a presentation judge at:

Northeast Special Interest Club Workshop for Volunteers 

Thursday, February 24, 7:00-8:00PM

Calling all 4-H volunteers, or potential volunteers! Join this virtual Northeast regional volunteer workshop to learn about the SPIN club model of short-term program delivery, and how you can create your own SPIN club in your state. Register here:

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

Classes scheduled for next week are:

day, February 15, 2021; 6:30 pm – Equine Nutrition
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 12:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Salmon Burgers
Wednesday, February 17, 2021;  – Chocolate: Is It the New Health Food?
Thursday, February 18, 2021; 1:00 pm – Winter Lunch and Learn Online Series:  TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More (fee)
Thursday, February 18, 2021; 2:00 pm – Love Your Heart: The Role of Sodium
Friday, February 19, 2021; 11:00 am – Homemade Granola Bars
Saturday, February 20, 2021; 8:30 amHome Gardeners School @Home: Prepare for a Blossoming Spring NEW HALF-DAY ONLINE EVENT (FEE)
Saturday, February 20, 2021; 9:30 am – Coffee Talk for Home Gardeners Healthy Soil for the Home Garden

The buzz at Rutgers University OCPE that the Online Mini Bee Series is the Bees Knees!

For more information, BEE sure to contact Pamela Mayer at

Seasonal Planting for Honey Bees
March 11, 2021 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm
This 1.5 hour webinar will address planting for key times during the year to best support your local bee populations.

Small Scale Queen Rearing
March 24, 2021 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm
This 1.5 hour webinar will introduce beekeepers to several queen rearing techniques and cover topics such as queen and drone biology, tools and equipment, and more!

Sustainable Beekeeping
April 6, 2021 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm
This 1.5 hour webinar will present ways that beekeepers can maintain their beehives in a more sustainable way.

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