Workshops and STEP Clubs are open to all, 4-H members and Non-4-H Members.
Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops
April 27th at 3 p.m. – Art with Food (K-3rd) Description – Create food masterpieces that are edible works of art.
May 4th at 3pm: An Astronomy Adventure (grades K-4) https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a8EaLrbueT3QLBA
May 10, 4pm: What’s the Bee I See (K-6) Learn about the different type of bees in your neighborhood.
May 19th 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
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
Let’s go on an AG-venture!
A journey from Farm Gate to Plate to see how food and other products are made!
Have you ever wondered where food comes from or how it is made? Join us for three days of exploring the science of agriculture! Together we will learn how food and other essential products are made and how you play a role in your community. Learn about livestock, crops, and life on a farm. Each session will include lots of interactive games and activities focusing on agri-science. It is going to be Ag-mazing! For youth Grades 3-6
Sessions will take place on May 18, 19 and 20, 4-5pm
4‑H Victory Gardeners
Join us for a virtual Short-Term Exploratory Program (STEP). Young people in grades 4–12 are invited to join us for virtual meetings to help grow an at-home vegetable garden! Whether in a container, on your windowsill, or in a backyard, youth will learn to grow food from seed to sprout! Each session will be step-by-step, interactive, and will include a review of gardening techniques, discussions, and show and tell. This STEP Club is ongoing and meets on the first Monday and third Friday of the month at 4:30 pm.
Photography Club for High Schoolers
In this STEP photography club, you will learn tips and ideas to help you become a better photographer. Topics include, for example, f stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, and composition. Bring to the club a camera with changeable settings or a smartphone with optional apps. Come explore your creativity through your photographer’s lens! Sessions will run June 7 -28th from 3 PM to 4 PM
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 NJ4H.Rutgers.edu/horses.
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.
Introducing the New Jersey 4-H Photo Corps
NJ Expressive Arts 4-H is pleased to introduce the New Jersey 4-H Photo Corps program! You are invited to join to share your photographs and learn about photography.
Each month there will be a different theme/topic for you to explore through photography. You’ll take a picture based on the theme and submit it to the Photo Corps website. Experienced photographers (juror/mentors) will evaluate your photo and share tips to help you take better pictures.
Your photo will be posted along with others from Photo Corps members on the NJ 4-H Facebook page along with a gallery on the NJ 4-H Flickr site. When Covid restrictions allow, Photo Corps photos will be displayed in public venues.
The juror/mentors will make their selections for the top photos based on each month’s theme. Additionally, the public will be able to a people’s choice favorite through the NJ 4-H FB page.
The NJ 4-H Photo Corps is open to youth in grades 4-13 (one year out of high school). You do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to join Photo Corps.
To join…. Download directions here!
Once you’re registered in Photo Corps, you can submit your photo for the month. This month’s theme is, All About Water. Remember, these must be current photos; not photos you’ve taken in the past.
Think about water and the many ways we interact with it. From the Delaware River bordering the west, to the Hudson in the North and the Atlantic Ocean along the eastern and southern coasts–NJ is a state defined by water! Water, we depend on it for life. We see it as rain, waves, and mist. Water is all around us.
Now go out and photograph it!
The submission deadline is April 30th. By the end of May, you will receive feedback on your photograph from Jurors/Mentors
N.J. 4-H members participate in National 4-H Conference
Eight 4-H members from New Jersey were selected to represent New Jersey at the 90th National 4-H Conference be held virtually from April 6-14, 2021. The New Jersey delegates who participated include: Hannah Beck of Stewartsville, Warren County; Victoria Foster from Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County; Emily Hyson from Port Norris, Cumberland County; Jiya Mody of Martinsville, Somerset County; Olive Scaff of Cream Ridge, Monmouth County; Sumedha Sabbani from Robbinsville, Mercer County; Jack Saunders of Westfield, Union County; and Will Teitsma from Newton, Sussex County.
Each year the conference provides a forum for over 250 4-H members, leaders, and staff from 36 states and territories. These teens offer a voice in program development for future 4-H direction. The theme for this year’s conference was “Shaping the Future”.
The National 4-H Conference is the premier civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members (15-19 years old) who are actively engaged in 4-H programs across the U.S. and its territories. The conference is administered by the Division of 4-H and Youth of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). National 4-H Conference delegates have an opportunity to increase knowledge, resources, and skills that will empower them to make an impact on their community in a meaningful and genuine way.
Conference delegates participated in an application review and interview process and were chosen based on their leadership and communication skills and active participation in the 4-H program. “They also share an overall knowledge of the mission of 4-H and a broad understanding of Cooperative Extension,” says Jeannette Rea Keywood, State 4-H Agent & National 4-H Events Coordinator, Department of 4-H Youth Development.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.
For more information about the New Jersey 4-H Program, administered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension visit the website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu
Ask A Polar Scientist
4-H youth and families Are invited to another live Scientists webinar panel focused on Research in Polar Science, Thurs., May 6thfrom 7-8PM EST. Registration is a must, and just like our other online programs, questions for the scientists are requested to be sent in prior to the program. Links for both registration and to submit a question are on the flyer and web listing.
USDA Agency Launches New Site for Science-Minded Students
AgLab, a new science-education website operated by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, is now “open for business” to students and educators alike. For more information go to https://aglab.ars.usda.gov/.
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Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders
Classes scheduled for next week are:
Monday, April 26, 2021; 6:30 pm: Earth Day Every Day Webinar: Earth Day Every Day Webinar: Trees, Wonderful Trees
Monday, April 26, 2021; 6:30 pm: Gardening@Home Series – Perennials for All Seasons (Day 3 of 4) (fee)
Monday, April 26, 2021; 6:30 pm: Striped Bass Management: Hooked on Science
Tuesday, April 27, 2021; 12:00 pm: Live Cooking Demo – Eggplant & Sausage Pasta
Wednesday, April 28, 2021: Functional Foods: Tea
Thursday, April 29, 2021; 6:30 pm: RU Ready 2 Preserve Food at Home – Pressure Canning
Thursday, April 29, 2021; 6:30 pm: RU Ready 2 Garden FREE webinar – Growing Delicious Fruits in Containers
Friday, April 30, 2021; 11:00 am: Live Cooking Demo – Carrot Cake Energy Balls
Friday, April 30, 2021; 12:00 pm: Helpline Live- Trees & Shrubs
Saturday, May 1, 2021; 10:00 am: RU Ready to Farm Information Session
Monday, May 3, 2021; 6:30 pm: Gardening@Home Series – Perennials for All Seasons (Day 4 of 4) (fee)
Tuesday, May 4, 2021; 3:00 pm: Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar- The Health Benefits of Herbs
Tuesday, May 4, 2021; 7:00 pm: Tick Talk
Wednesday, May 5, 2021; 7:00 pm: Get More Dirt on Your Soil – “Breaking Ground on Composting” (Day 3 of 3)
Thursday, May 6, 2021; 1:00 pm: Rutgers Lunch and Learn course – Resistance: Turning Lemons into Lemonade (fee)
Thursday, May 6, 2021; 6:30 pm: RU Ready 2 Preserve Food at Home- Jams, Jellies & Spreads
Thursday, May 6, 2021; 6:30 pm: RU Ready 2 Garden FREE webinar- Why Garden Off the Ground?
Are you interested in building your STEM toolbox? Join us as we seek to StemPower participants in a virtual national discussion and professional development experience around formal and non-formal concepts in STEM education. Keynote speaker Robert Tai (informal science.org) will challenge your thoughts on non-formal STEM Education while Capnote Speaker Abigail Harrison “Astronaut Abby” will inspire you to STEM influence our youth to “Dream Big.” The cost is $200. Register By April 19, 2021
Register here: https://extension.psu.edu/4-h/stem-symposium
The Sussex County Fairgrounds Presents:
A Day of Learning
May 2, 2021
On May 2, 2021 the Fairgrounds facilities will be transformed into “classrooms” for the day, offering 15 unique lectures on a variety of topics presented by experienced and captivating instructors (some you may even know!) This is an ALL-VOLUNTEER effort to support the Fairgrounds and other community organizations. Please join us!
The day will be divided into 3 time periods. Five individual classes will be taught during each time period. Attendees (“students’) will select one of the 5 classes offered each period, for a total of 3 classes. In addition, students can attend the Bonus Class / Keynote Speaker presentation after the conclusion of the three class periods.
For full event details or to register go to: A Day of Learning: Overview | New Jersey State Fair (sussexcountyfairgrounds.org)
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