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.

Be A Better You

Are you ready to “Be a Better You” in 2021? Join New Jersey 4-H 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 participants, and get recognition for your accomplishments with us on our private Padlet board.

Let’s start 2021 by Making the Best Better!

Registration Link – Be A Better You

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

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 lynn.mathews@ag.nj.gov.  For questions about symposium offerings or registration, contact Chad Ripberger at ripberger@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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: https://go.rutgers.edu/qaz2uarz
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.

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 (patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu) by March 19. For the application and more info go to: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/citizenship/washingtonfocus

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 Sussexcountyfairgrounds.org 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 (sussex4h.org) and scroll down to the Scholarship section.


Join the
Invisalign® ChangeMakers!

Are you changing the world?  Invisalign has partnered with National 4-H Council and is giving $5,000 to 100 teens (ages 13-19) who are changing the world for the better. Share your story!

Read National 4-H Council’s latest blog post and apply to the Invisalign® ChangeMakers Awards Initiative by March 31, 2021. By sharing how they’re making positive change in their communities, teens could win one of 100 cash awards (30 will be awarded to 4-H’ers!).

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

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)

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 pspring@rutgers.edu

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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