NJ 4-H Animal Art Contest – Get Creative – Entries Due April 12!

NH 4-H is excited to announce the New Jersey 4-H Animal Art Contest – FREE and open to all NJ 4-H members in grades K-13!  While all artwork must be animal-themed, you do NOT need to be enrolled in that particular animal project to enter art in that department.  You don’t even need to have an animal project to enter the contest, as long as you are a registered NJ 4-H member with animal-themed artwork that you created since September 1, 2020.  Join the fun and showcase your talent!  Entries are due April 12.

The NJ 4-H Animal Art Contest is actually five art contests – you may enter your animal-themed artwork in the following departments.  Each department will recognize their own division winners and best of show recipients:

  • Dogs
  • Equine
  • Livestock (beef, dairy, goats, sheep, and swine)
  • Small Animals (rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, herpetology, and poultry)
  • Other Species (any animal not featured in the other departments – including alpacas, llamas, cats, and wildlife)

Divisions and Classes
In each of the above departments, there are four divisions: (1) 2-D Art (includes paintings, drawings, sketches using a variety of media), (2) 3-D Art (includes sculptures and crafts using any type of media, including but not limited to clay, foam, fiber, fabric, wood, model magic, etc.), (3) Photography (includes five classes – Action, B/W or Sepia, Digital Darkroom, Still Life, Storyboard) and (4) Videos (includes short creative videos of animals, taken by you).

Classes in each of the above divisions within each department will be organized by grade.

  • Cloverbud (grades K-3)
  • Junior (grades 4-8)
  • Senior (grades 9-13)

In each of the departments, members may enter two art projects in each class.  For example, a member may enter two projects in 2-D Art, two projects in 3-D Art, two projects in each of the five Photography classes, and two projects in Videos  – for each department.

Each participant will receive feedback from our judges.  All Cloverbuds will be recognized with a participation ribbon.  Those in the Junior (grades 4-8) and Senior (grades 9-13) classes will receive ribbons using the Danish system (Excellent, Very Good, Good, etc.).

In addition, $25 gift cards to Shop 4-H will be awarded to the exhibitor earning Best in Show recognition in each of the five departments for both the Juniors (grades 4-8) and Seniors (grades 9-13).  All Best in Division winners for both the Juniors (grades 4-8) and Seniors (grades 9-13) will receive a rosette.

For more information and how to register go to:
NJ 4-H Animal Art Contest – Get Creative – Entries Due April 12! (

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

Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops

April 13 at 3 pm: Create a Little Green Creature (grades K–3)
Create and learn to grow a little green creature. You will learn about what plants need to survive. Explore what grows up and what grows down. 

April 20th at 3 p.m. – Making a Mask to Make Up My Character  (K-3)
It is magical to create a character from the mask you make! Once you design your mask, you will act out the character of your mask.

April 27th at 3 p.m. – Art with Food (K-3) 
Description – Create food masterpieces that are edible works of art.

May 12th at 7 p.m.- Virtual Improv Night (Teens)
Join our youth in a fun evening of performance and improvisational theatre!
Register here

Current 4-H STEP Clubs

Understanding Food Allergies: Learn to Bake Allergen-Free! Workshop Series

Over the course of four, one-hour workshops via Zoom, participants will learn what food allergies are, why allergic reactions occur, and how they can keep friends with food allergies safe, all while engaging in a hands-on baking experience! Each week, through an interactive presentation that features polls, questions, word clouds, and more, youth will be provided with an introduction to food allergies, and they will also have the opportunity to learn how to prepare (in the microwave), a quick, allergen-free dessert, with recipes created by Kristin Osika, a current Morris County 4‑H’er who has published her own allergen-free dessert cookbook! Open to 5th grade and up. Sessions will be held on Fridays, 6:30–7:30 PM starting on March 19 through April 9.

Understanding Food Allergies: Learn to Bake Allergen-Free! registration link

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, March 25 at 7:00 PM to talk about the book, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, a heartwarming and inspiring book about what it means to be a teenage girl, and the importance of standing together. Check out your local library for a copy and join us for the March meeting — and help us choose our book for next month! This group is for youth in grades 8–13.

Finer Things Book Club registration link

Young Researchers: A Youth Club on Writing and Publication

Have you ever thought to publish your own writing? In partnership with John Wiley, and Son. youth are invited to learn about the process of publishing, careers in publishing and will work on a team to publish their own product! 

Youth researchers will walk through the author’s journey to create content that will be published online by global publishing powerhouse, John Wiley, and Son. Friends, family, teachers, and the public will be able to view their published work live online. Youth will learn about academic research publishing and tips to spot the difference between “Fake News” and valid research. Youth will also have a chance to share some of their pre-written work to learn to improve their work for publication. This program is open to all teens interested in scientific research, publishing, and writing! Sessions will run weekly on Thursdays at 3:30 starting March 25 and ending April 22.

Young Researchers: A Youth Club on Writing and Publication 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

Earth Wise: A 4-H Earth Day Celebration

Planet Earth deserves more than one day of recognition, so join fellow nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts each week this April to celebrate all things green for Earth Day. From tiny organisms to entire ecosystems, come along as we explore the wonders of plants, animals, oceans, and forests all right here on our very own planet earth. But it needs our help, so learn how to do your part in protecting our home. Geared toward youth in 2nd- 5th grades. Sessions will run Thursday afternoons from 3:00–4:00pm (April 1, 8, 15, 22) ending on Earth Day!

Earth Wise: A 4-H Earth Day Celebration registration link

Rabbit & Cavy Basics Boot Camp

Discover all the Basics of Rabbits and Cavies (Guinea Pigs) over this 8-week course of learning. Care, housing, diseases, and more. This is a great introduction to prepare youth to join a full year Rabbit/Small animal program if you wish in the future.  The club will meet Monday evenings from 7-8 pm starting April 12 through May 21

Rabbit & Cavy Basics Boot Camp Registration

It’s Science Sational!

Put on your lab coats and get ready for some do-it-yourself science! Join Colgate Palmolive Scientists and IT specialists on Zoom where we’ll be exploring the wild world of hands-on STEM. In this fully interactive event, get ready to engage your brain with exciting experiments and creative activities. This STEP club is for youth in grades 4–6 and meets Monday, April 19, 26, May 3, 10 from 3–4 pm. Space is limited. This program is open to youth grades 4–6. Sessions will run weekly on Mondays from 3:00–4:00 pm starting April 18 to May 10.

It’s Science Sational! registration link

Sussex County 4-H Foundation Fund Scholarship due April 1.

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Applicants must be currently active in the 4-H program and for at least five (5) years, four (4) of which should be in high school.

Applications are due to the 4-H Office, by emailed to, or postmarked by April 1

For the Application go to:

2021 New Jeresy State 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology Contests to be held VIRTUALLY April 10 and 11th

Saturday, April 10 – All Hippology Phases including Judging must be completed.

Sunday, April 11- Horse Judging- All phases including reasons must be completed.

All participants must provide an individual e-mail address. Once they are registered, we will send them a link and specific directions to connect them to the contests ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE CONTEST!.

Each portion of the Hippology contest will be open for a limited amount of time. Contest components can be accessed from 8:30 am but all sessions must be finished by 4 pm on the designated date. Once a participant starts a portion of the contest, they must finish it within that time frame. If they click out of the tests or classes, they will be clicked off the contest website and the score will reflect a zero for portions not completed. Therefore, it is important for youth to know they will need to be on the computer for a period of several hours to participate in each portion of the contests.

New Jersey 4-H Horse Project members grades 4 – 13. Youth need to have been registered in a county 4-H program as of January1and must compete as a member of that county program or team.

April 1st By Email to- Carol Ward at and Emily Vail

ENTRY FEE: $10 per contestant per contest.

MAIL PAYMENT with a hard copy of county entries to: Carol Ward 310 Milltown Road Bridgewater New Jersey 08807 Entry checks Should be made payable to Somerset County 4-H

Registration Packet and More Information
NJ State 4-H Hippology Contest : Horses : Rutgers New Jersey 4-H
NJ State 4-H Horse Judging Contest : Horses : Rutgers New Jersey 4-H

Carol Ward or Emily Wunderlich- Vail

Ribbons will be mailed to the top ten individuals in the examination phase, station phase, Team problem,  judging phase, and overall, for both Jr. & Sr. divisions. Each member of the top four (4) teams overall (in both Junior and Senior divisions) will receive ribbons. Awards will be given to the Junior and Senior high individual overall. Awards will be presented to the high team overall Junior and Senior.

Attention Horse Project Members

The Horse Registration deadline has been extended to May 1

In the hope that we may be able to resume some in-person activities soon, please remember that members who want to participate in 4-H Qualifying Shows and the State 4-H Horse Show must declare their project animals no later than May 1.

The form to register those animals with the county 4-H office can be found at

If your members do not own the animal they will be using, the lease/borrow form is also there and should be sent in with the registration form by May 1 as well.

You may mail, fax, email, or hand-deliver them to the 4-H Office.

Contact Dave ( or Tanya ( if you have any questions.

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.

Community Service Opportunity for 4-H TEEN, LEADERS & Parents

WGIRLS INC is seeking volunteers who can help seniors without any help or computer knowledge get COVID-19 appointments. The group connects volunteers with a senior and gives them the tools, such as apps, bots, and resources, to help schedule appointments.

A link to more information and the sign-up form is here:


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

Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Monday, March 29, 2021; 6:30 pm – Earth Day Every Day Webinar: RU Wildlife Wise: Spring Babies! Tips for Helping Injured or Orphaned Wildlife
Monday, March 29, 2021; 6:30 pmHorseshoe Crabs in New Jersey: An Ancient Species in Modern Times
Tuesday, March 30, 2021; 12:00 pm – Live Cooking Class: Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Wednesday, March 31, 2021; 2:00 pmThe Unexpected Health Benefits of Gardening
Thursday, April 1, 2021; 6:30 pm – RU Ready 2 Garden FREE webinar: Planning a Backyard Vegetable Garden
Friday, April 2, 2021; – Campus closed

Monday, April 5, 2021; 6:30 pm – Earth Day Every Day Webinar: Infusing EcoTherapy Into Your Life
Tuesday, April 6, 2021; 3:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Food and Mood
Tuesday, April 6, 2021; 6:30 pmSustainable Beekeeping (fee)
Tuesday, April 6, 2021; 6:30 pmPet First Aid & CPR Certification  (Fee)
Wednesday, April 7, 2021; Artistic Creativity for Health Across the Life-Span
Thursday, April 8, 2021; 6:30 pm – RU Ready 2 Garden FREE webinar: Controlling Garden Weeds Without Pesticides

Friday, April 9 – 15, 2021; – CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators LicenseONLINE COURSE (fee)

By participating in the program, 4-H will provide educators with FL curriculum, hard and electronic copies, youth workbooks, take-home sheets for families, and virtual family night opportunities to share with students and club members, and will connect you to ongoing financial literacy content knowledge training and curriculum resources.

Educators are asked to implement a minimum of 6 hours of FL lessons, share family night opportunities with their students, and complete an end-of-program 4-H evolution for students. 

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4-H Partners with JOANN for the ‘Opportunity for All’ Campaign

JOANN stores are helping 4-H bring more hands-on programs to local communities across the nation to inspire kids to lead lives with their heads, hands, and hearts.

Today through April 30, 2021, visit your local JOANN store and donate at the register. A $4 or more donation comes with a $4 off coupon for a later purchase. 100% of the funds donated go back to   4-H with 70% going back to the county 4-H program and 30% going to National 4-H Council. 

JOANN will be offering a free, take-home craft kit event on April 3 in all stores. The craft kits will include LEGO DOTs and kids will be able to create a bunny and chick. In each bag, there will be messaging about donating to 4-H and creating ‘opportunity for all’.

In addition, JOANN wants to support individual 4-H’ers involvement by providing a rewards card for 4-H members, leaders, staff, and parents. The rewards card gives holders 15% off their purchase every day.  To sign up go to

Rutgers “Earth Day Every Day!”
Spring 2021 series

Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s “Earth Day Every Day” educational webinar series is back for Spring 2021. Open to the public, these free sessions focus on steps everyone can take to protect the environment. We can all do our part to take actions that make our homes more sustainable, from starting a native plant garden, to protecting local watersheds, to choosing the right trees for your property. These actions, more than ever, start at home.

Join us every Monday online to learn and ask questions of the experts at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Every week we will cover a different topic and leave you with small actions that, together, will reduce negative impacts on the environment. The spring lineup will cover eight topics, from starting a native plant garden to understanding food systems and climate change. There is also an RU Wildlife Wise session with the Rutgers Wildlife Conservation and Management Program about how to help injured or orphaned baby animals.

Each live webinar will be one hour and will be presented via Zoom. To join, you need a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. More information about these free sessions and a link to register can be found here.

3/29/21 – RU Wildlife Wise: Spring Babies! Tips for Helping Injured or Orphaned Wildlife
4/05/21 – Infusing EcoTherapy Into Your Life
4/12/21 – From Rain Gardens to Rain Barrels; Protecting Watersheds at Home
4/19/21 – Food Systems and Climate Change
4/26/21 – Trees, Wonderful Trees

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

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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