Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @SussexNJ4H

Contest Ends October 2.

4-H Re-Enrollment is Coming

4-H Online has been updated and we are working on rolling over everyone’s information into the new system. As with any new program, there have been some bugs that need to be worked out to make sure it will be easy for you to use.

Emails will be sent to all those who are currently enrolled in the original 4H Online site with the new link to 4-H Online 2.0. The old site will not except enrollments and all will need to use the new http. Step-by-step instructions will be included in the email. The process will be similar, but the new site has a whole new look and some additional features. There are also additional security requirements that may require some to supply a new password to meet the new requirements.

“Ask a Space Scientist” at  the Mars Base Camp Scientists Panel on Thurs., Oct 1st from 7-8PM! Register TODAY!

Share your 4-H Pride During National 4-H Week!
Print this and put it in your window

Wear Your 4-H Club Shirt or Green to Celebrate!
Be sure to share a picture of yourself and tag @sussexnj4h and #Opportunity4All

4-H from Home
STEP Clubs

Do you LOVE Dogs? 4‑H STEP Club

Youth in grades 4–6 Do you LOVE dogs? Going to the dogs is a 4‑H club for kids to learn everything about all different types of dogs! They will learn basic information about dogs, how to train dogs, how to choose the right dog for them, and will hear a vet speak about how to care for dogs. We will also ask the members what they want to learn so we can focus on that as well.

Participants will take part in fun online activities and games as well as a craft they can do from home and will have a chance to share information about their own dogs with the rest of the group.

Don’t have a dog but just want to learn more? You’re welcome to join! Sessions will run on Tuesdays starting October 6–November 10 at 4:30–5:30pm.

Do you LOVE dogs? 4‑H STEP Club registration link

Igniting Your Leadership Potential Certificate in Leadership Development is a series of online leadership courses offered by the NJ 4‑H Youth Development Program and taught by 4-H faculty. Youth in grades 8–13 can register for a variety of courses that will provide opportunities to learn about leadership, gain knowledge, sharpen their skills, and prepare to lead. Youth can earn a badge for each course completed and a certificate in Leadership Development after completing four online courses.

Each course meets 1.5 hours per week for four weeks. The cost per course is $25.00. Youth will log-in once a week for a face-to-face session with the instructor and then complete assignments offline.

The following courses will be offered fall 2020:

The Voice of Leadership
This course is scheduled for every Monday in October (Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26) from 7–8:30 p.m.

Everyone has the capacity to lead. However, the ability to convey the leadership message takes skill and a clear understanding of how a multi-faceted communications approach can have a positive impact on others. More importantly, this skill is developed over time as a leader expands their realm of experience and influence. This course introduces youth to communication and its importance to leadership, as well as allows them to create personal leadership messages they can apply to their own leadership roles.
Register for The Voice of Leadership

Launching into Leadership
This course is scheduled for every Tuesday in October (Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27) from 7–8:30 p.m.

Learn the basic principles of leadership, along with practical strategies for becoming a better leader. In this online course, youth will learn leadership concepts that can be readily applied to their own life. This includes the definition of leadership, leadership traits and styles, and the tasks and relationships associated with leadership.
Register for Launching into Leadership

Leading through Service
This course is scheduled for every Thursday in October (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29) from 7–8:30 p.m. Planning for service projects will take place Nov. 1 – Dec. 31.

Become versed in the leadership skills necessary to plan and conduct a service-learning project. Using generationOn’s goLEAD service-learning curriculum, youth will Greet, Discover, Explore, Aspire, Aim, Plan, Ensure, Act, and Reflect their way to developing a service project based on the needs of their chosen community or organization. Youth will learn how to perform community mapping, form a problem statement, brainstorm ideas, plan a project using achievable goals, consider the challenges, and then put their plan into action. Leading through Service is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience!
Register for Leading through Service

Mark your calendar – The Tractor Supply Company 4-H Paper Clover will be held October 7-18, 2020.

Is 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

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 Leaders and Parents

Somerset 4-H has invited all NJ 4-H Leaders to their Volunteer Workshop: Keeping Engaged Virtually
September 29, 2020 7:00pm

Join them for their 4-H Volunteer Workshop which will highlight a variety of tools you can use for your own clubs. Discussions include:

  • Ideas to make your virtual meetings the best they can be (we’ll play games you can then use with your own clubs)
  • Brainstorming creative solutions for keeping your members engaged virtually
  • Group discussion and sharing of how to incorporate educational components to your project area
  • Group discussion for whatever you feel is an important topic to address

To register to participate us the following link:

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, September 28, 2020 6:30pmFall Lawn Care the Earthwise Way
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:00pm – Real Recipes: Apple Cranberry Crisp
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 5:00pmHome Gardeners School @Home: Composting and Good Soil
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:00pmAsk the Ag Agent
Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:15pmComposting and Recycling

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 starting September 14th. 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:
9/28/20- Fall Lawn Care the Earthwise Way
10/5/20- RU Wildlife Wise: Defensive Driving to Avoid Wildlife
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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