The Sussex County RCE/4H Office will be closed Friday, April 7 in observance of Good Friday.

Support National 4-H Week
October 1st – 7th, 2023

Since 2010, Tractor Supply has partnered with 4‑H to help create Opportunity4All and raise more than $14 million through the Paper Clover campaign. The success of these campaigns has impacted over 81,500 youth by providing them with the tools and resources they need to move forward and reach their full potential.

100 percent of funds raised through the bi-annual Paper Clover campaign directly benefits 4‑H youth. 90 percent of donations directly support 4‑H youth in the state where the funds were raised, and the remaining 10 percent supports the overall mission and growth of 4‑H nationally.

Sussex County 4-H Club News

Sussex County 4H Dairy Judging Contest

On the snowy March 10th at Hillcrest Dairy and Orchard, the Sussex County 4H Dairy Clubs held their Dairy judging contest. The Wantage Hustlers, Sussex County Milkmakers, and Cow Kids all participated in judging a class of Holsteins and a class of Jerseys.

Then all juniors and seniors gave one set of reasons.  This is a great way to practice persuasive speech and public speaking. 

The top winners were:
Seniors Members
1. Eric VanDeMoere 129 – Sussex County Milkmakers
2. Ashley Kuperus 122 – Wantage Hustlers
3. Chloe Schadegg 117 – Wantage Hustlers

Juniors Members
1. Luke Byma 129 – Wantage Hustlers
2. Madeline Decker 126 – Wantage Hustlers
3. Zachary VandeMoere 121 – Sussex County Milkmakers

Become a Teen 4-H Pollinator Habitat Ambassador

This program is open to youth in grades 8-13 and offers 6 training hours on topics related to pollinators, native plants, garden maintenance, establishing habitats, beekeeping, identifying insects, and more. Trainings are offered Thursdays over Zoom. Learn more about the program here. Zoom Training Dates: April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Sign Up Here

Ocean County 4-H Clover Lego Challenge

Sunday, April 23, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Ocean County Agricultural Building in Toms River.

Open to all 4-H members, including Cloverbuds! Free event but participants are asked to bring a non-perishable item for a local food pantry. For more information contact Denise at and 732-349-1227.

New Jersey 4-H Dairy Judging Contest

Saturday, April 29, 2023
Cedar Lane Farm,87 Homestead Lane, Oldwick, NJ

Registration opens at 8:30 and the First Class promptly begins at 9 AM. No day-of-event entries will be accepted. Entries must be received by April 15. Request entry materials from Tracy Smith at or visit 

New Jersey 4-H State Public Presentation

June 11, 2023
Rutgers Academic Building,
15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick.

4-Hers in grades 8-13 who received a Blue Ribbon at county-level presentations are invited to participate. Those Sussex County eligible members received an email with the invitation. If you feel you should have received one and did not, please contact the 4-H Office.

Presentation options are: in-person, virtually on Zoom, or by recorded video. Details are available at Registrations must be completed through 4HOnline  by Friday, May 26, 2023. Instructions on how to register are available here (PDF).

4-H Clubs are invited to participate in:

The registration form can be found here:
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The deadline to register is May 15

NEW THIS SUMMER! 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens. For more information and registration visit our website at You can also find more information on our camp guide:  For any questions about our program please email us at or call our office (973-903-3253).

Horse Project Events Taking Place Soon

New Jersey State 4-H Spring Model Horse Show

April 8, 2023, 1-5 p.m. at the David C. Wood 4-H Center, 3210 Route 50, Mays Landing NJ 08330. Open to all 4-H members interested in model horses. For registration and information, contact Joe Morgan, and visit here: 

New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show

August 25-27, 2023 at the Gloucester County DREAM Park

New Date for NJ State 4-H Goat Show

The State 4-H Goat Show is moving to the Saturday of the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair, August 26, 2023.More info at

Do you dream about your child having the opportunity to travel the world? This is their chance!
 The NJ 4-H Global Explorers Program is traveling in July 2024 to experience the Galapagos.

To receive more information sign up at Or contact
Sharon Kinsey, Camden County 4-H Agent

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Bee-ginner’s Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture

Online Class – Opens January 15, 2024 & Closes February 19, 2024 

Participants can complete the course content (which will take approximately 14-16 hours) at their own pace anytime during the period the course is open. There is an optional live Q & A session with the instructors during which you can ask questions about the course content.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, bee sure to contact Pam Mayer

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