2021 Public Presentation Confirmation emails have been sent out.

If you think you should have received an email and did not, please contact Tanya ASAP. patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu

The 4-H office is looking for volunteers (8th grade to adult) to serve as virtual Room Host for our Zoom Presentation Nights. We are also still looking for volunteers to assisting in judging the record video presentation. If interested in participating in either contact Tanya (email above).

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

NJ 4-H STEP Clubs

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

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, 4–5:30 pm starting March 1 thru April 19.

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


Looking forward to spring and warm weather again! We are too! Join our Bee-ginners 4‑H STEP club and learn about how you can help the bees when they will start to be out and about this spring. Even if you can’t keep bees, it’s good to know how to help them! We’ll cover how to tell the difference between the more common bee-looking insects you’ll see in your yard and how to help these pollinating miracles. Thinking of keeping bees? We’ll cover that too! Open to youth grades Sessions will run on Mondays from 4–5 pm starting March 8 through April 26.

Bee-ginners 4‑H STEP Club registration link

Bird Nerds

Looking to spend more time exploring the outdoors, learning about the natural world around you, AND enjoying some 4-H fun? Youth grades 4&6 are invited to join the BIRD NERDS 4-H STEP CLUB! Share six weeks of exploring the fascinating world of birds. Activities will include backyard bird Identification, scavenger hunts, nature-themed arts & crafts, exotic feeder and nesting camera observation, DIY bird feeder creations, get to know raptors, and how dinosaurs & birds are related. Sessions will be 6:30-7:30 pm, Wednesdays, March 17–April 21

Bird Nerds 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

State Bridge to 4-H Club

Next Meeting – March 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

STEP Clubs Coming Soon

– Book Club …coming soon

– Career Explores: Marine Science…coming soon

Congratulations to our Sussex County 4-H Junior Horse Bowl Team!

Bella Fernandez, Catalina Fernandez, and Grace Mackey Of Merry-Go-Riders 4-H Horse Club placed third in this year’s statewide competition. This year’s event was especially close with our team even winning a tie-breaker in the fourth round of the contest!

Bella and Grace Also placed in the top 10 in the Junior Individual Contest in the state, too. Bella placing 2nd and Grace Placing 9th out of 19 contestants.

We’re very proud of the outstanding effort by these 4-H horse club members.

Thanks and congratulations to veteran Horse Bowl coaches, Michelle Teitsma and Tabitha Higgins for their work with the team.

NJ State 4-H
Equine Presentation Contest

Registration now open. The deadline to register is March 1.

The New Jersey 4‑H Equine Presentations Project is a project area that is beneficial to the total 4‑H Horse Program. By learning to give presentations and demonstrations, 4‑H’ers gain self-confidence and speaking abilities that are valuable in life situations such as school, the workplace, and the community.

For more information go to: NJ State 4-H Equine Presentation Contest : Horses : Rutgers New Jersey 4-H

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 Sussexcountyfairgrounds.org and click on Fairgrounds/Ag/Ag. History for the PDF application.  Information is also available in local guidance offices. 

The application can also be found here: Agricultural Scholarship (sussexcountyfairgrounds.org)

Mail application to the Ag. Scholarship Selection Committee, c/o G. Danko, P.O Box 2456, Branchville, NJ 07826.  The deadline is April 15th.

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

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:

Monday, March 1, 2021; 6:30 pm – Gardening@Home Series – Houseplants II, Orchids (fee)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021; 12:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Stress Less with Laughter
Wednesday, March 3, 2021;  2:00 pm– Wholesome Whole Grains
Thursday, March 4, 2021; 12:00 pm
Advancing Climate Justice: A Case Study From Providence Rhode Island
Thursday, March 4, 2021; 1:00 pm – Winter Lunch and Learn Online Series: Things Happen! Managing Project Risks (fee)
Friday, March , 2021; 11:00 am – 5-Minute Mug Cake
Saturday, March 6, 2021; 9:00 am 11th Annual Community Garden Conference (fee)

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