2021 County Public Presentations Registration is Now Open.
1 Week Left to Register!

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 for High Schoolers

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 patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu to volunteer.

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

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

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 skill, 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 7:00-8:00 pm (Feb 18, and March 18).

Bridge to 4-H registration link

Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops

Exploring Healthy Relationship Habits for Teens
February 9 at 4:30 pm

February 10, 2021, at 3 pm

Must in grades 1-4

Join Somerset 4-H on February 10th at 3 pm as we dive into the winter season and create some cool crafts! They make a snowman, a snowflake, and even a valentine’s card if we have extra time. This is the perfect afternoon activity for young kids to have fun and explore their creativity.


February 11, 2021 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

This event is open to middle and high school students and their parents. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

In recognition of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, this virtual discussion will explore the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, which can include not only physical violence but also more subtle behaviors such as emotional and verbal abuse, manipulation and control, digital abuse and stalking.


Virtual National 4-H Agri-Science Youth Summit
March 5-7, 2021  

At the National 4‑H Youth Summit on Agri-Science, high school students develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security, and sustainability. Students will work with each other and experts in the agricultural community in this collaborative, hands-on educational setting.

Applicants must be in grades 9-12 as of September 2020 and be a registered 4-H member. The cost of the virtual summit is $75 but a scholarship of approximately $50 will be available to reduce the cost of participating in the summit.

Find the National Agri-Science 4-H Youth Summit information sheet, tentative schedule, Summit Application Form, and Parental Consent Virtual Environment Form on the NJ 4-H website at the following URL: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/set/agri-science-youth-summit/ 

The Summit Application and Parental Consent Virtual Environment forms are due by Friday, February 12, 2020. The forms should be emailed to reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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.

  • 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 (bovitz@njaes.rutgers.edu) with their name, grade, and county.
  • Entries should be a video posted on the Flipgrid site (flipgrid.com/4htopchef).  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.

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.

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.

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

Judges Needed

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 patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu for more information about how you can help. Or you may go ahead and sign up to serve as a presentation judge at: https://go.rutgers.edu/gdwi7zwt.

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, February 8, 2021; 6:30 pm – Equine Behavior & Training
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 3:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Easy Chicken Salad
Wednesday, February 10, 2021;  – Filling Your Day with Fruits and Vegetables
Thursday, February 11, 2021; 1:00 pm – Winter Lunch and Learn Online Series:  Diversity and Inclusion (fee)
Thursday, February 11, 2021; 2:00 pm – Love Your Heart: The Role of Fat and Cholesterol
Friday, February 12, 2021; 11:00 amHeart-Shaped Cinnamon Tortilla Chips with Berry Salsa
Saturday, February 13, 2021; 9:30 am – Coffee Talk for Home Gardeners – There’s More to Creating a Flower Garden Than Digging a Hole

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