Sussex County 4-H Weekly News October 11 – 17, 2020

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The Sussex RCE Office that includes 4-H will be closed Monday, October 12 in honor of Columbus Day.

It’s Time to Re-Enroll for the 2020/21 project year.

Please follow these directions to re-enroll for the new 4-H program year.
To begin, go to

You should be able to login with your current information (username: email and password.) If you’ve forgotten your password, click the Reset Password link to have a temporary password sent to your email address.

4-H Online has a new look and includes new features that will improve your 4-H experience.
For instructions go to:

Have you taken the challenge??? Continue to celebrate National 4-H Week and have some fun with the 4-H Trivia Virtual escape room.

The Tractor Supply Company 
4-H Paper Clover Campaign begins this week.
It is being held thru
October 18, 2020.

If you or your club is interested in creating an in-store display or poster about your club and the value of 4-H? Or does your club already have one that you would be willing to share? If so, please contact

We now have 2 TSC in Sussex County and would love to have some information about 4H in Sussex County displayed during the Paper Clover Campaign.

Both online and in-store donations to 4-H will be accepted

Would you like to meet kids from Italy and learn about their culture? Well then, this is the club for YOU! We’ll be sharing what US kids love to do while learning what Italian kids love as well.

This club is open to 15 American youth and 15 Italian youth and will be completely in English. We’ll be making traditional dishes together (a list of ingredients needed will be provided after registration) and covering things like music and dancing, local legends and stories, and our countries’ iconic destinations. Register here if you are up for an adventure to explore another culture and make new friends from around the globe!

Save the Date

Way to go to Kelsea Cosh who submit entries in the NJ 4-H Dog Photo Contest under the My Dog and Me category and received an Excellent.

Kelsea is a member of the Bit by Bit horse club.


2020 STEM Summit: Mars Basecamp

Online, November 6-8, 2020 

Your team of astronauts is stranded on Mars. Your supplies are dwindling. How will you survive, and how will you return to Earth? At the 2020 STEM Summit, students will work with peers and group leaders on a variety of workshops and exercises built around solving this main problem. Each collaborative exercise will test and strengthen both the STEM skills and the teamwork and collaboration it takes to solve complex problems in the real world – and on Mars.

For more information or see the schedule for the weekend summit visit:

The cost for this program is $75.00 per attendee and includes a STEM Summit Activities Kit, which includes all supplies needed to take part in the Summit.

Junior and Senior High School
4-H Members

New Jersey Farm Bureau logo

The New Jersey Farm Bureau offers free membership to Junior and Senior High School 4-H and FFA members. NJFB supports the NJ 4-H Program and sponsors a portion of the delegates attending the National 4-H Conference annually. 

Youth can join online at or complete the form on attached is the NJFB Membership Flyer.

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Learn some basics of zoom and how to best use it for your 4-H club meetings. Somerset County 4-H volunteer Conrad Colon will be holding a hands-on workshop that will give you the tools to be comfortable and confident using Zoom for your online club meetings. Registration required:

4-H Volunteer Meet & Greet

Join us for a casual Meet & Greet with other volunteers from across the state. We’ll highlight some of the fun virtual tools we’ve been using and show you how we use them, share ideas, and connect you with other clubs around the state. Have questions? We’ll help you find the answers.

Parenting During a Pandemic – How to Keep Your Sanity

Join NJ 4-H for a special webinar, Parenting During a Pandemic – How to Keep Your Sanity, presented by Rutgers Professor Dr. Maurice Elias on Tuesday, October 20th at 7pm .

Dr. Elias will offer advice on how to cope with and make the best of a new way of life caused by the pandemic. Learn four principles of emotionally intelligent parenting that will help all family members in your household—and in your bubble—to stay positive, deal with school issues, and preserve your relationships.

Dr. Elias, a professor of psychology and director of the Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. He has authored numerous parenting books including, Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, The Joys and Oys of Parenting and Talking Treasure— a set of EQ-building stories for parents to read to young children.

Register for the webinar at You will have an opportunity during the registration process to submit questions for Dr. Elias.

Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:00am
FCHS Tuesdays Cooking for One or Two Keep it Healthy and Easy
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 12:00pm
Real Recipes: Cauliflower Kale Soup
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 6:00pm
First Impressions: A Review of the 2020 NJ Hemp Production Season
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 6:30pm
Earth Day Every Day Webinar Series – What’s An Energy Audit and Do You Need One?
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:00pm
Home Gardeners School @Home: Bountiful Bulbs for Year-Round Beauty
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 2:00pm
FCHS Wellness Wednesdays – Reducing the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease with Fiber
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:00pm
Monmouth RCE Presents – “Bringing Home the Harvest”
Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:00pm
RU Ready 2 Garden Fall Webcasts – Growing Garlic
Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:00pm
Home Landscape: Delight or Disaster
Friday, October 16, 2020 11:00am
Real Recipes: Pumpkin Cookies

Rutgers Cooperative Extension “Earth Day, Every Day” Series this Fall

Details: Join Rutgers Cooperative Extension every Monday evening at 6:30 pm for this free series though November 2nd. These live, interactive sessions are 1 hour. To join you need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. Sessions are provided via Webex.

To Register and more information at:

The lineup is as follows:
10/13/20- What’s An Energy Audit And Do you Need One?10/19/20- Ten Ways to Adapt to Coastal Flooding
10/26/20- RU Wildlife Wise: Demystifying Iconic Halloween Animals
11/2/20- Basics of Recycling

Have you seen this Insect?

Young juvenile spotted lanternfly
Adult spotted lanternfly
Older juvenile spotted lanternfly

Some people may think it is a moth but it’s really the Asian plant hopper known as the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma deliculata (White), and is a member of the order Hemiptera, family Fulgoridae. In the USA, the spotted lanternfly is an invasive species that could be very devastating to some New Jersey crops and hardwood trees.

If you think you have seen or collected a spotted lanternfly please report it (please include the town and county where the specimen was found and attach a photograph) to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the Department of Entomology at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences by emailing Farmers, nurserymen, and vineyardists should also report sightings to

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