Registration for the 2023 County-Level 4-H Public Presentations is now open!

County-level presentations have been scheduled for the first four Friday nights. Presentation nights will be held at local schools with presenters being divided among multiple classrooms. Check-in begins at 6:45 pm and presentations will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

Presentations are being held on and at the following dates and places:
March 3 – Frankford Twp. School, 2 Pines Rd. Branchville (live animals allowed)
March 10 – Frankford Twp. School, 2 Pines Rd. Branchville (live animals allowed)
March 17 – High Point Regional High School, 299 Pidgeon Hill Rd, Sussex
March 24 – Kittatinny Regional High School, 77 Halsey Rd. Newton

We will again be using 4-H Online to register for presentations. Please use the following guide to help you: How to Register for Events in 4-H Online 2.0. The deadline to register is February 1. 

If you will be new to 4-H presentations, please download the NJ 4H ‘How to Make a 4-H Public Presentation’. In addition, there is also a YouTube video on how to give a public presentation. Both are great resources for those presenting for the first time, but also a great refresher for more seasoned presenters.   

For any questions or concerns please contact Tanya Patrie (patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu)

Please support the Sussex County 4-H Food Drive in cooperation with the Sussex County Library System to help fill local food pantries in the coming winter months.

Donations may also be dropped off at the 4-H office.

The S.H.A.R.K. Program is back!

Are you a 9-11 grader interested in Marine Science?

Consider attending the January 26 info session for the 4-H Scientific Hands-On Applied Research Knowledge (S.H.A.R.K.) Program!!

Developed by our own 4-H County Agent Matthew Newman, 4-H S.H.A.R.K. is a program where youth gain hands-on marine science experience while living aboard a real-life research vessel!

If you’re interested and have questions, feel free to attend the info session on January 26th! To register, email Matt at m.newman@njaes.rutgers.edu

Ocean 4-H Animalology Trivia Game

When: January 28, 2023 

Where: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 708 Rt. 88, Point Pleasant, NJ

Registration starts at 8:30 am, teams set by 9:15 am

Animalology is a friendly Jeopardy!-style competition for youth in grades 4-13. Topics may include animals but also go beyond the animal world. Youth register as individuals and have a team of four drawn from a hat on the day of the competition. Awards will be given in Junior and Senior divisions to the top four teams and the top 10 individuals. The Ocean County 4-H Association will have delicious breakfast and lunch items for sale. Contact the Ocean 4-H office for more information, 732-349-1227 or Ferrie@njaes.rutgers.edu

4th-6th Graders are invited to participate in 4-H Ag-Venture Day presented by Somerset County 4-H.

Calling all youth grades 4th- 6th to come and take on an adventure in agriculture!
February 11
, 2023, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Come and take on an adventure with the Somerset County 4-H Animal Science clubs! Youth in grades 4th-6th will have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with livestock in order to learn about the agriculture industry, animal science, and the importance of sustainable agriculture. All workshops are taught by 4-H volunteers with a passion for sharing their love of agriculture with youth just like you

Cost per child $20 | Additional siblings $15
Register by February 1st. Admission limited.

More Information and Registration packet: https://4histops.org/events/ag-venture-day

Attention 4-H Members in 9-12th grade
Plans are underway for the 2023 Citizenship Washington Focus conference scheduled for June 25-30. 

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is National 4-H Council’s premier leadership and civic engagement experience held each summer in the Washington, DC area. It is a week-long event (Sunday – Friday) for 4-H members in grades 9-12 (14-19 years old). The program is based on the principle that democracy requires skills and strategies that must be learned and practiced and it teaches participants to be active, responsible citizens and leaders. The program utilizes Washington, DC as a working classroom to learn about the government, citizenship, and civic engagement and provides hands-on opportunities for our teens to promote “Better Citizens Today, Better Leaders Tomorrow.” 

During the CWF program week, delegates will:
•Strengthen communication, leadership, and civic engagement skills on a national level
•Understand the importance of Youth Voice and the skills necessary to make a change in their community, such as civil discourse and media literacy
•Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds
•Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of our nation’s capital city, Washington, DC, as their classroom
•Create a plan and work with fellow delegates to develop the steps to carry out the plan upon their return home, to make a difference in their community.

The New Jersey delegates will travel by coach bus for the week and will experience all that Washington, DC has to offer. We will join approximately 250 4-H members representing a variety of states

Information and a fillable application can be found on the New Jersey 4-H website at the following link:  http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/citizenship/washingtonfocus/

The deadline to have the application turned in to the office is March 20.

SOMERSET COUNTY 4-H FURRY FRIENDS
RABBIT, CAVY, & SMALL ANIMAL SHOW
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2023

Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Show Secretary: Sandy Bate
Email: FurryFriendsEntry@yahoo.com or
Phone: (908) 963-9715 for Day of Show Questions

Judges: Mary Stamets – Rabbit
Jim Brown – Cavy

The Complet Show packet can be found at the following link:
4-H-Furry-Friends-Small-Animal-Show-Complete-Packet-Feb-19-2023.pdf (sussex4h.org)

The Town of Newton along with the
Newton Fire department will be hosting the
Annual St. Patrick’s Parade
March 18, 2023

They invite you to register to be a Participant, including Sponsors, or volunteers. The parade steps off at 11 am on Spring St. in historic Newton, NJ! The parade will go on rain or shine. However, if there is a risk to public safety – the parade will be canceled.

The parade starts at Lower Spring St and continues down Moran Street and ends at Memory Park. Floats must enter from Woodside Ave onto Quantum Drive and must be in place by 9:30 am. Walking participants must arrive before 10:30 am. Fire Departments and First Aid Squads are to line up on Halsted Street starting at 9:30 am.

Please use the following link to access the parade registration application: Parade-application-2023.pdf (sussex4h.org).
The deadline to submit registrations to parade organizers is March 3, 2023

Save the Date
2023 Rutgers NJ Junior Breeder Symposium

Please save the date of Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the Cook Campus of Rutgers University for the Junior Breeder Symposium for all ages. This immersive day offers hands-on workshops in Equine, Large Ruminant (Cattle), Small Ruminant (Sheep & Goat), Swine, Poultry, Rabbit, Cavy (Guinea Pig), Small Animals, Beekeeping! More details https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/animals/junior-breeder/ 

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 on March 6 (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.

Registration link can be found here:
2023 Foods Day Registration (google.com)

Gladys “Beth” Pool Memorial Scholarship available

Any high school senior who has participated in New Jersey 4-H or FFA, and is interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, is eligible for this $1000 Scholarship. Students interested must submit the completed application along with an essay on how agriculture “feeds your soul” and a letter of recommendation from a 4-H Leader or FFA Advisor. The application, essay, and letter are due by April 1st. The Scholarship winner will be selected and notified by April 30th. Applications can be emailed to traced444@gmail.com 

Room Host NEEDED!
Community Service Hours Available for Middle/High School Members

The 4-H office is looking for help individuals, Middle and High School members, to volunteer to serve as Room Hosts for our 4-H Public Presentations in-person programs. 

As the Room Host, your responsibilities will be to introduce those presenting and assist them with setting up their presentation. Community service hours will be granted to those who volunteer.

Please contact Tanya Patrie at patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu for more information or to sign up. You may also use the following link to sign up to volunteer https://forms.office.com/r/DGmqG95WSd.

Club News


Cabin Fever Craft & Vendor Event
Saturday, February 18th, 11 am-4 pm.
4H Shotwell Building

Come Support Sussex County 4-H Bunnies N Buddies & Regal Rabbits 4-H Clubs as we host our yearly event. 30 + Crafters and Businesses to check out and enjoy.
For more information contact bunniesnbuddies@yahoo.com

Poetry x Hunger: Poetry Call from Middle and High School Youth

Do you want to help eliminate hunger and poverty through the power of your pen? NJ Arts 4-H is introducing Poetry X Hunger. Join in the Poetry X Hunger project promoted by Expressive Arts 4-H of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. If you would like to learn more about the many forms of poetry you can choose from, contact Ellen Williams, Expressive Arts 4-H Agent at williams@njaes.rutgers.edu.

For more information visit https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/comm/poetryxhunger/

Tufts Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

Do you know an aspiring veterinarian? Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career. We invite your 4-H youth to apply to AVM and discover if this exciting career is right for them! AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals. Applications for summer 2023 are now available! For more information on the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition please visit the AVM website or contact us at AVM@tufts.edu 

EF tour to Germany and Switzerland in July 2023.

Learn about Germany and Switzerland’s innovative sustainability efforts by seeing state-of-the-art models of renewable energy, urban farming, and eco-tourism. Be a part of the creative conversation firsthand as you embark on an urban quest in the green city of Freiburg, hike through an Alpine glacier, and discover an underground city in a bunker system in Lucerne.

If you are interested in finding out more information, here is the registration link: www.eftours.com/2477068zt

This is not a 4-H sponsored trip and is open for anyone to attend.
It is being coordinated by Kathy Kula, 4-H Teen Council Leader, and Jefferson H.S. Teacher.


Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

4-H Public Presentations NEEDS Volunteers

Caring adults are needed to volunteer to help us evaluate those 4-H youth participating in our 4-H public presentations program.

We have returned to full In-person events and be meeting at local area schools.

Presentations are being held on and at the following dates and places:
March 3 – Frankford Twp. School, 2 Pines Rd. Branchville (live animals allowed)
March 10 – Frankford Twp. School, 2 Pines Rd. Branchville (live animals allowed)
March 17 – High Point Regional High School, 299 Pidgeon Hill Rd, Sussex
March 24 – Kittatinny Regional High School, 77 Halsey Rd. Newton

Please use the following link to sign up to serve as a presentation judge: https://forms.office.com/r/QCY7mQA4vk or contact the 4-H office at (973) 948-3040.

If you know someone who would like to serve or be a good fit to serve as a 4-H public presentation judge, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Tanya at patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu. Please also contact Tanya if you have any questions.


Sussex 4H Clubs are invited to Participate in the
1st Annual 4-H Rhapsody in Color Music and Fine Arts Festival

Rhapsody in Color 4H Music and Fine Arts Club is hosting its first Club Fundraiser at the Fairgrounds on Sunday, March 26, 2023, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. They are inviting 4-H Clubs to apply at a reduced rate of $30 per 8-foot table space prior to inviting public vendors. Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. A table rental fee (which includes 2 chairs per table) is an additional $5. They will open up applications to the public on January 20th. 

Link to the application form:  https://forms.gle/STFnu42D3MHDsp4t5
Please let them know as soon as possible if you are interested in being a part of this special event.

Their club will have art for sale and will perform throughout the day.  Simultaneously, there is another event being held in the Richard’s Building. There are collaborating with that event host as well to advertise the event, so we expect a great turnout!

Please reach out to them directly for questions and/or for more information: 4HRhapsodyinColor@gmail.com or 973-841-7189


Gardening Education Series 2023

The Science Behind How Things Grow

This horticultural education program is available to home gardeners and covers a variety of topics related to understanding the science behind how things grow.  Online classroom instruction will run February 9th – May 25th, Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm (2-hour lectures with question and answers session following). The program consists of 16 content expert lectures and 5 core prerecorded webinars, plus additional elective webinar content and class discussion sessions.

Lectures include the following topics: Botany, Soils, Entomology, IPM, Plant Pathology, Trees and Shrubs, Pruning, Turf, Weeds, Vegetable Production, Small Fruit, Tree Fruit, Composting, and Herbaceous Plants.

For More Information About the Program Contact
Lisa Chiariello -Program Coordinator
973-948-3040 lisa.chiariello@rutgers.edu



Register for the 2023 Rutgers Environmental Steward Class

Make a DIFFERENCE in your community…become a Rutgers Environmental Steward – Classes start in January!
Additional information is on their website- https://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/


Bee-ginner’s Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture

Online Class – Opens January 23rd & Closes February 13th, 2023 

Participants can complete the course content (which will take approximately 15-17 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.  

https://cpe.rutgers.edu/beekeeping/beginners-beekeeping If you have any questions and/or concerns, bee 🐝 sure to contact Pam Mayer pspring@njaes.rutgers.edu

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