Public Presentations information and details will be going out in an email this week & registration will open.

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

Understanding Our Implicit Bias –
Workshop for Teens 
Jan. 14

Youth can register here for free!

This one-hour workshop on inclusive peer engagement creates a dedicated space for teens to reflect on their personal implicit bias and discover practices of debiasing. This workshop will be interactive with peer discussion, polling activities, and break-out groups. 

Prior to the meeting, youth will be asked to complete a 10-minute implicit bias survey to explore some of their own bias.

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

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

Deadline for Entries this Wednesday (January 13).

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 complete show packet click here.

Attention 10-12th Graders

Don’t Miss Out on the 2021 National 4-H Conference! 🍀

Taking place online this year, the conference will provide a fun and interactive space between April 10-15, 2021 where youth can fully engage in a valuable learning experience while meeting other 4-H’ers from across the nation.

There will be speakers, workshops, youth voice opportunities, interaction with Capitol Hill and USDA officials, social mixers, and more! This is the perfect opportunity for youth to collaborate on the strategic vision for the 4-H program nationally.
Applications are due JANUARY 15, 2021!

Click the link below for more information and to access the application. 

All applications are due to the county 4-H office or emailed to Dave Foord ( by January 15, 2021.

If you have questions about how to fill out the National 4-H Youth Events Application or any other details involved with the application or selection process, please contact Dave Foord.

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! 


Online “Ask a Scientist, Part 1! Meet with Scientists in the Medical Field associated with Public Health, Nursing, and COVID-19 testing” 
Register for the virtual program HERE!

To submit a question for the scientists to answer during the program, 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.

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Volunteer Resources for
Virtual Engagement

We appreciate all you’re doing to stay connected with 4-H members during these challenging times.  To help you hold fun and engaging meetings, we’ve put together some short videos,

  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. Creating Interactive 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. More content and resources will be added to this page, so please check back! 

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

Start on Your Green New Year’s Resolutions with the
2021 Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program

Registration is OPEN! 🌲🌎

The Rutgers Environmental Steward program is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science behind important environmental issues affecting NJ. Stewards then give back to their own communities by helping to tackle local environmental problems. If you have a passion for the environment, a desire to learn, and a willingness to volunteer, then this program is for you!

In 2021 they are excited to offer one, statewide, online class! Current university guidelines restricts all in-person activity due to COVID-19 but our hope is to have some field sessions in the spring if these restrictions are lifted. In order to become a Certified Environmental Steward, participants must complete a 60-hour internship of their choosing. The internship exposes the Stewards to real-world environmental issues in their communities.

Classes will meet every Tuesday from 1/26/201 to 6/1/2021. Classes will convene virtually as a group from 5-7 pm with a content expert who will cover that week’s topic. From 7-8 pm, classes will break out into regions for the last hour to cover local issues and meet with their coordinator for further discussion and activities

Check out the link below to learn more about the program, as well as how to register – but don’t forget registration closes on January 22nd.

REGISTER: County Programs – Environmental Stewards Program at NJAES Rutgers NJ

For questions contact:
Amy Rowe

The following is the syllabus for the course:
2021 Rutgers Gardening Educational Series Class Syllabus

2021 Sussex County Gardening Education Registration

For Questions Contact:
Lisa Chiariello

Online Bee Keeping Courses start in February

For more information go to:
There is a fee for these courses.

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