Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter December 23 – 31, 2021

The Sussex County RCE/4-H Office will be closed Friday, December 24, and Monday, December 27 in honor of the Christmas Holiday.

The office will also be closed Friday, December 31 for The New Year Holiday.

Rutgers Covid-19 Restrictions Update

Effective immediately, all in-person 4-H events, classes, programs, club meetings, camps, and other group activities organized by or under the auspices of RCE – 4-H Youth Development are suspended through January 31, 2022. 

If your club would like to schedule a Zoom meeting please let us know.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the 4-H Office.


ONLY 8 MORE DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER!
Have you Re-Enroll for the 2021-22 Program Year yet?? If not, time is running out!

Each year 4-H members and volunteers must renew their enrollment by January 1 to be considered in good 4-H standing. To do so, go to: https://v2.4honline.com/

Directions to assist you in the process can be found at the following link:
https://www.sussex4h.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/4HMmbrRnrlmnt_9-29-20.pdf

If you have any questions, or experience difficulties with 4HOnline, please contact Dave or Tanya for assistance.


Workshops and STEP Clubs are open to all, 4-H members and non-4-H members.

NJ 4-H Virtual Workshops

Water Issues (click to register for the event)
May 7 at 10 a.m

Chemicals, garbage, overuse, and more abuse…fresh water on our planet is essential for survival but has been taken for granted for years and is in danger of becoming obsolete in the near future. Learn more about the growing water crisis and how you can help! Brought to you by the 4‑H Teen Russian/American International Leadership Program (TRAIL).


Biodiversity (click to register for the event)
May 14 at 10 a.m

What is biodiversity and why is it important for the planet? Learn about how to identify and encourage biodiversity right in your own neighborhood. Brought to you by the 4‑H Teen Russian/American International Leadership Program. (TRAIL)


An Evening Abroad: Peru! 
May 25th at 7 PM

The New Jersey 4-H “family” includes people from all over the globe. An Evening Abroad highlights members of our extended family to show off just how diverse the NJ 4-H program truly is! In this May 25 session, we’ll explore the coastal South American country of Peru with Hudson County’s Claudia Urdanivia! Register to receive a link for this hour-long, fun, and in-depth virtual exploration of Peru. An Evening Abroad is fun for all 4-H members and their families and begins at 7 p.m.Participants will explore the coastal South American nation of Peru with Hudson County 4-H’s own Claudia Urdanivia!


Fires: The Science Behind our Changing Climate (click to register for the event)
May 28 at 10 a.m

Does it seem like dangerous and damaging wildfires are becoming more common every year? Unfortunately, they are! Join us to find out how climate change plays a role in the increasing fires around the globe. Brought to you by the 4‑H Teen Russian/American International Leadership Program. (TRAIL).


An Evening Abroad: Ireland! 
June 22nd at 7 PM

The New Jersey 4-H “family” includes people from all over the globe. An Evening Abroad highlights members of our extended family to show off just how diverse the NJ 4-H program truly is! In this June 22 session, we’ll explore the Emerald Island known as Ireland from Warren County 4-H volunteer, Sinead Twohig. Register to receive a link for this hour-long, fun, and in-depth virtual exploration of Ireland. An Evening Abroad is fun for all 4-H members and their families and begins at 7 p.m.

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

NJ Pollinator Habitat Ambassadors

Open to youth in grades 9–12.

6:30–8 p.m. on four upcoming Thursdays: April 28, May 5, May 12, and June 9.

New Jersey 4‑H is seeking teens like YOU to become Pollinator Habitat Ambassadors. Our goal is to help Teen Pollinator Habitat Ambassadors to educate more than 250 younger youth about the importance of pollinators in our state over the next year. Receive training and teach others in your home community about the importance of pollinators.

More information about the 4‑H Pollinator Habitat Ambassador Program

NJ4H Pollinator Habitat Ambassadors Zoom Training registration

Globetasters 10: Rockin’ Rices

For grades 4–12.

Sessions run on Mondays beginning April 25th, May, and June.
Short, medium, or long – RICE is a grain that’s got it all! From around the world, let’s cook a variety of rice as a staple for some delicious dishes.

Globetasters 10: Rockin’ Rices registration »

Workshops and STEP Clubs are open to all, 4-H members and non-4-H members.

Upcoming NJ 4-H Virtual Workshops

Look for new workshops in the new year.

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

Bridge to 4-H Teen Leadership Club

Bridge to 4-H is a monthly virtual 4-H club for youth in grades 6 and up, exploring leadership, healthy living, and life skills. Join us as we learn about how to make a menu of food we like while keeping a budget, adopting healthier habits, and caring for ourselves inside and out. Make friends across the state of NJ! We meet on the third Thursday of every month over Zoom.

Bridge to 4-H Teen Leadership Club Registration Link

NJ 4 H Global Food Security Coalition

New Jersey 4-H is recruiting a team to participate in the World Food Prize Research Project. Youth members will work with a team to develop individual research projects addressing global food security issues. Participants will meet once a week with mentors and peers to prepare their research project. Projects will be presented at the Rutgers University Youth Institute Summit on March 11. During this day-long program, students get to learn about critical global issues, network with local leaders, engage in hands-on-activities, and explore exciting ways to become effective change agents in their own communities, conscientious global citizens, and tomorrow’s scientific humanitarian leaders. We are hosting an info session on December 20. Sessions will run on Thursdays, 7–8 p.m. starting January 6 through February 1.

NJ 4 H Global Food Security Coalition Registration Link

Young Researchers: A Youth Club on Publication

Have you ever thought to publish your own writing? In partnership with John Wiley and Sons, 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 Sons. 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 out non-credible and credible research. Youth researchers will craft their own content with support and guidance from professionals that work across the publishing landscape. Youth will also have a chance to share some of their pre-written work to learn to improve their work for publication.

Young Researchers: A Youth Club on Publication Registration Link

Monologue & Screenwriting Class

The program extends from September 20, 2021, to June 20, 2022; classes meet on the first and third Monday evenings of the month, 7 PM to 8:30 PM. There is no cost for the program. Youth are invited to attend all sessions that their schedules allow and can attend in person at the library or access the sessions via Zoom.

For questions or more information contact Ellen Williams (williams@njaes.rutgers.edu)


Join the NJ 4-H Photo Corps Program

The theme for December is:

December brings many moments of joy to capture through your photography. Perhaps you see the joy in people’s faces during the holidays as they listen to holiday music, decorate, or exchange gifts. Or a beautiful winter landscape may bring you joy. Whatever your moments of joy are, share these images in the New Jersey 4-H Photo Corps program!

The deadline for submission on this theme is 12/31. Members should receive comments from the juror mentors by the end of January.

To register, download directions at, https://www.sussex4h.org/nj-4-h-photo-co


National 4-H Healthy Living Youth Summit

February 10-13, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland

High school youth interested in nutrition, health, and wellness-related topics are invited to participate in the Healthy Living National 4-H Youth Summit scheduled for February 10-13, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland (located a few miles from Washington, DC). Applicants must be in grades 9-13 as of September 2021 and be a registered 4-H member.

During the Summit, youth will work with professionals in family consumer science and healthy living to create action plans to address community needs and apply what they have learned. After the Healthy Living Summit, participants will be asked to share what they learned and some of the activities they did with youth and adults in their county and our state

For more information and the application forms visit the NJ 4-H website at the following URL: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/set/healthy-living-youth-summit/

Applications due to the 4-H Office by December 27, 2021


Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Conference
has been Postponed.

This program will be scheduled for a future date when in-person meetings can resume.

The Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference is for 4-H members in grades 6-8. While attending the conference, middle school youth will have fun, meet new friends, and develop leadership and personal development skills that they can utilize at home, in school, in their 4-H club, and in their community. To accommodate 4-H’ers throughout the state, the conference is held in two locations and on two separate dates each year.


4-H Animal Science Video Contest and Film Festival

New Jersey 4-H, in cooperation with the New Jersey Junior Breeder Symposium, is sponsoring the 4-H Animal Science Video Contest and Film Festival to include ALL 4-H animal project areas.

Youth may work individually or as a team to create short educational videos (3:30 minutes or less) about alpacas, cats, cattle (beef/dairy), dogs, goats, herpetology, horses, llamas, poultry, rabbits, sheep, small animals, and swine to enter in the 4-H Animal Science Video Contest.  Youth must upload their video, entry form, and media release by the end of the day March 7 (see informational flyer for details).  A selection of videos will then be shared at the film festival in the Round House at the Rutgers Cook Campus Farm during an afternoon session of the Junior Breeder Symposium on Saturday, March 26.  Youth of the top scoring videos will receive awards, including gift cards.  Videos will be scored on educational value, creativity, clarity, pacing, and technical quality (sound, lighting, etc.) – 20 points each, total of 100.  Youth are encouraged to have fun and be creative in designing their video entries!

Details are available on our website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/animals/film-festival. The informational flyer, an entry form, and media release are all available on this website.  The top four scoring videos from each of the past six years are also featured on the website, http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/animals/film-festival/winners.asp.


The World Food Prize New Jersey Youth Institute Invites any youth in grades 9-12 to apply.

For more information go to New Jersey Youth Institute – The World Food Prize – Improving the Quality, Quantity and Availability of Food in the World



Plan for Summer 2022 now…
Registration for the Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp is OPEN!

Register today at: https://lgcook.campbrainregistration.com

For more information about this amazing camp, that registered 4-H members receive $25 off registration costs, go to Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp (New Jersey 4-H) (rutgers.edu)


AMERICA’S HARDEST WORKING BOOT SUPPORTS AMERICA’S HARDEST WORKING KIDS IN 4-H

Georgia Boot is a proud partner of the National 4-H Council. We believe every kid should have the opportunity to be #GeorgiaBootStrong and create a better path #Fourward through the hands-on learning experiences that 4-H offers. These programs help build confidence, creativity, leadership, and resiliency, shaping our future leaders.

From now until August of 2023, we will offer various promotions on our website and at select retail partner locations. A portion of sales from these promotions will be donated to National 4-H Council to provide critical resources needed to support the organization’s efforts to empower our youth. Georgia Boot has committed to a minimum donation of $75,000 in 2021, $75,000 in 2022 and $85,000 in 2023.

https://www.georgiaboot.com/4-h


Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Attention Leaders

4-H CLUB TREASURY ANNUAL REVIEW Forms are OVER DUE. Please return to the OFFICE ASAP

All 4-H Club Treasury Annual Review Forms were due to the 4-H Office by November 1.
The following is is the link to the forms that need to be completed

4-H Club Treasury Annual Review Forms

If you have questions please contact Tanya (patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu).


Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, April 8, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Natural-Dyed Eggs
Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 12:00 pm – Homesteading Academy: Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic Systems – Feasibility and Economics
Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 6:00 pm – RU Ready 2 Garden Webcast: Going Native with New Jersey’s Native Plants 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: E-cigarettes and Vaping in 2022 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 6:30 pm  – The Ins and Outs of Treating Your Colony (fee)
Tuesday, April 19, 2022. 7:00pm Spotted Lanterfly: Biology and Management
Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Eating for Planetary Health and Human Health

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, December 24, 2021 – All County and State offices Closed

Saturday, December 25 – 20, 2021 – All Rutgers state offices closed.

Friday, December 31, 2021 – All County and State offices Closed

Friday, January 7-14, 2022 – CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License (ONLINE)


STARTING SOON, DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER!

Sussex County 2022 Gardening Education Series

For more information contact Program Coordinator Lisa Chiariello lisa.chiariello@rutgers.edu


Home Gardeners School is Back!

Gardening for Everyone

February 26, 2022 | 8:00am – 1:00pm EST | Online | $80

Whether you are a Master Gardener or don’t yet know a trowel from a spade, the 2022 Home Gardeners School @Home has something for you!  

Choose from 15 individual workshop sessions covering a wide array of horticulture topics and experience levels. Select the topics most relevant to your gardening interests on the day of the program.  

New this year:
– A virtual “room” devoted to topics for beginning gardeners
– A “room” with workshops specifically designed for advanced growers
– Ample breaks between sessions
– An optional discussion session to connect with and learn from other gardeners  
Click on Gardening for Everyone: Home Gardeners School @Home Online Event | Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education for details!

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