The Sussex RCE/4-H Office will be closed Monday, January 18 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

2021 County Public Presentations Registration is Now Open.
2 Weeks 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.   

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

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

Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops

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

National 4-H
Healthy Living Summit
Virtually February 12-15, 2021

The National 4-H Youth Summit on Healthy Living, high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address issues surrounding nutrition, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. Working alongside professionals in family consumer science and healthy living, students will create action plans they can implement in their communities to teach other youth about what they have learned.

The National Healthy Living 4-H Youth Summit information sheet, tentative schedule, Application Form, and Parental Consent Virtual Environment Form can be found on the NJ 4-H website at the following URL: 

The Summit Application and Parental Consent Virtual Environment forms are due by January 25, 2020. The forms should be emailed to

Get Moving with MyPlate

January 25, 4-5:00 pm

Open to Public • Grades K-4

Children will learn how to build healthy eating habits using the MyPlate icon. Through interactive activities, songs, and story children review each food group while discussing the importance of making good food choices and engage in simple exercises to get their body moving.

Meeting Registration – Zoom

January 26 , 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 on January 26th 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


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.

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: 

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

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:

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

Free Classes scheduled for next week are:

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12 pmRussian Vinaigrette Salad | Live Virtual Cooking Class
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 7 pmAquaponics
Friday, January 22, 2021, 11 amVeggie Crescent Pizza | Live Virtual Cooking Class

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 BeeKeeping Courses start in February

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

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