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

Horse Bowl Practice Sessions

The New Jersey 4-H Horse Bowl will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, February 20th and 21st. In 2021, this will be an online contest.

They will be using the program to facilitate the Bowl. Members participating in Horse Bowl are highly encouraged to participate in practices on Thursdays in January at 6:30 PM to become comfortable with the new system.  During the practice and contest, we will be on Zoom and Quiz Bowl Systems at the same time. To sign up for these practice sessions contact Emily Vail at: .

If you are interested in participating in Horse Bowl, please reach out to one of our county coaches, Michelle Teistma,, for more information about the program and how to join to be able to participate next year.

Goat Extravaganza Quiz Bowl

Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 10:00 am

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.

NJ Junior Breeder Livestock Symposium

Saturday, March 27, 2021
9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Save the Date – The NJ Junior Breeder Livestock Symposium will be held virtually on Saturday, March 27, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

A variety of workshops in equine, small and large ruminants, rabbits, and animal diseases will be offered.

More information coming soon.

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 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 ( and scroll down to the Scholarship section.

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

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Monday, January 25, 2021, 9:00 amManaging Insect Pests of Ornamental Plants (Fee)
Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 12:00 pm– Live Virtual Cooking Class Chicken Provencal Soup
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 1:00 pm– Lunch and Learn Winter Series Stress Management for Better Health and Improved Productivity (Fee)
Friday, January 29, 2021, 11:00 am– Live Virtual Cooking Class Deviled Eggs
Saturday, January 30, 2021, 9:00 amPet First Aid & CPR Certification (Fee)
Saturday, January 30, 2021, 11:00 amVeggie Basics: Planning a Vegetable Garden and Starting Seeds

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

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