2021 Public Presentation Confirmation emails have been sent out.

If you think you should have received an email and did not, please contact Tanya ASAP. patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu

The deadline to upload video recordings is Monday, March 15.
Late entries WILL NOT be excepted.

The 4-H office is looking for volunteers (8th grade to adult) to serve as virtual Room Host for our Zoom Presentation Nights. We are also still looking for volunteers to assisting in judging the record video presentation. If interested in participating in either contact Tanya (email above).

Empowering Young Women: A Live Discussion
Register: https://go.rutgers.edu/nt8n3447

Join @scnj4h on March 9 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm for a live panel discussion and Q&A joined by successful New Jersey women who will share their stories and inspire tomorrow’s pioneers to accomplish their goals and forge their own path. Topics covered include female empowerment, social responsibility, local leadership, and using your voice to initiate change.

With varied backgrounds in different branches of government, law enforcement, STEM, business, and arts – our diverse panel of speakers include Kayla Rowe, Officer Shannon Snook, Dr. Karyn Malinowski, Dr. Nada Boustany, Doris Zampella, and Stephanie Moench.

This event is open to the public for anyone in 6th grade or higher.

For more information about this event, visit the Somerset County 4-H website here: https://4histops.org/events/empowering-young-women
#choosetochallenge #IWD2021

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 www.mtpl.org.

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

2021 South Jersey 4-H Teen Conference :
Be Torchbearer

The teen and adult members of the South Jersey 4-H Teen Conference Planning Committee invite you to join us for EMPOWERED TOGETHER WHILE APART, a virtual teen conference on Saturday, March 20th. The conference will take place via Zoom from 9:45 am to 1:00 pm.

This half-day conference is open to teens in 8th grade through one year out of high school who would like to come together with other teens to be inspired, see old friends and make new ones, learn new life skills, share some laughs, and feed your soul (and your belly!).

Highlights include:

  • Renowned Keynote Speaker Rhett Laubach, BE A TORCHBEARER!
  • Two sessions of empowering workshops on mindfulness, upcycling DIY, decluttering tips, and how to strengthen your mental health and financial muscles.
  • Create your own Buddha Bowl lunch with the help of Globetaster 4-H STEP Club chefs
  • Our conference wrap-up will be a fun compilation video starring YOU! Submit a 10-15 second TikTok-like video on one change you can make or one thing you can do to help the environment.
  • Each participant will receive an AMAZING conference swag bag!

For full details click here, including a save-the-date flyer, conference agenda, speaker’s bio, workshop descriptions, and Buddha Bowl lunch activity flyer.

Be a part of this awesome event by registering at: https://go.rutgers.edu/qaz2uarz
The conference registration deadline is MONDAY, MARCH 8th!

The cost of this conference is $30.00. Please send payment by Friday, March 12th to:
Sharon Kinsey
312 Douglass Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Thanks, and don’t hesitate to contact your county 4-H staff for more information.

Be A Better You

Are you ready to “Be a Better You” in 2021? Join New Jersey 4-H to embrace all four of the H’s as we take on a 10-week challenge. Build skills, change your mindset, get involved in service, and improve your health!

Share your progress, interact with other participants, and get recognition for your accomplishments with us on our private Padlet board.

Let’s start 2021 by Making the Best Better!

Registration Link – Be A Better You

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.  

Registration deadline is March 15.
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.

2021 Citizen Washington Focus
“Youth Voice”

The theme of this year’s Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) will be “Youth Voice”. Youth will explore topics such as Civil Discourse, Informed Decision Making, Media Literacy, and discuss methods to assess the needs in their community and identify the best ways for young people to affect change.

CWF will be a virtual, 5 week, one evening per week, program. The once-a-week sessions will be held on either a Sunday or Monday night for 2-3 hours in late June and July. The start date is yet to be determined.

Applications are due to Tanya Patrie (patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu) by March 19. For the application and more info go to: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/citizenship/washingtonfocus

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 Ward@NJAES.Rutgers.edu and Emily Vail nj4hhorse@gmail.com

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 Ward@njaes.Rutgers.edu or Emily Wunderlich- Vail nj4hhorse@gmail.com

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.

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

4-H logo

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 foord@njaes.rutgers.edu, or postmarked by April 1

For the Application go to:

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.


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!).

2021 Team Velvet Coloring Page Contest


All New Jersey 4-H members are invited to participate in a special service project to help children.

Team Velvet, Inc. helps children overcome trauma with the help of three therapy horses. On its website is a section “Fun Stuff For Kids” which includes printable coloring pages to download and color. Team Velvet would like to expand the selection of coloring pages from a variety of young artists.

Drawings must be simple, black and white line drawings that fit on 8.5 by 11-inch paper, ideal for children ages 5 to 12 to color. The drawings can include one or more of the Team Velvet, Inc, horses, but that is not required. Drawings should fit with the theme of love and happiness but not be religious.

The staff of Team Velvet, Inc. will select several to be displayed on the website in the Fun Stuff for Kids’ with credit provided to the artist. All artists who submit a drawing will get a printable certificate of service from the organization. The artist grants permission for Team Velvet, Inc. to use the artwork on its website, for fundraising, as part of a coloring book, and for other purposes.

For more information see the Contest Application.

More information about the Team Velvet organization go to: Team Velvet – Horse Facilitated Child Trauma Therapy

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

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, March 8, 2021; 6:30 pmGardening@Home Series – Houseplants III (fee)
Tuesday, March 9, 2021; 12:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Kimchi Fried Rice
Wednesday, March 10, 2021; 2:00 pmLet’s Go Nuts
Thursday, March 11, 2021; 1:00 pm – Winter Lunch and Learn Online Series: Cultivating a Diverse Workplace (fee)
Thursday, March 11, 2021; 1:00 pmRutgers Pet Care School: How to Speak Dog – Communicating More Effectively with Your Domesticated Dog (fee)
Thursday, March 11, 2021; 6:30 pm – RU Ready 2 Garden FREE webinar – Pruning Your Fruit Trees
Thursday, March 11, 2021; 6:30 pmSeasonal Planting for Honey Bees (fee)
Friday, March 12, 2021; 11:00 amLucky Lunch

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 pspring@rutgers.edu

Seasonal Planting for Honey Bees

March 11, 2021 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm
This 1.5 hour webinar will address planting for key times during the year to best support your local bee populations.

Small Scale Queen Rearing
March 24, 2021 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm
This 1.5 hour webinar will introduce beekeepers to several queen rearing techniques and cover topics such as queen and drone biology, tools and equipment, and more!

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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