Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter January 28 – February 4, 2022


On Monday, January 31, 2022, RCE/4-H in-person events will resume. Masks and social distancing are still required while indoors.

Please try to refrain from serving food at your events. If you must serve food at your event, consider the following safety measures:

  • Structure the program agenda so that food is available at the end of an event in to-go containers.
  • If food must be consumed during the event, consider serving food in individual container
  • Encourage attendees to spread out when eating food.
  • Reiterate that masks must be worn when guests are not eating.

Registration for the 2024 County-Level 4-H Public Presentations is now open!

County-level presentations have been scheduled for the first four Friday nights in March. 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 1 – Frankford Twp. School, 2 Pines Rd. Branchville (live animals allowed)
March 8 – Frankford Twp. School, 2 Pines Rd. Branchville (live animals allowed)
March 15 – High Point Regional High School, 299 Pidgeon Hill Rd, Sussex
March 22 – 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 (

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 for more information or to sign up. You may also use the following link to sign up to volunteer

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

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

New Virtual STEP Clubs coming soon.

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

Upcoming NJ 4-H Virtual Workshops

Tuesdays in January and February from 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. 

Virtual Winter Fun Programs information and registration

February 1 – Clowning Around – Creating My Own Clown Character (grade 4 and up):
Each clown has a unique personality. This workshop includes designing your clown face and acting in your clown role. You will create an original clown character that may have none, some, or all your own personality characteristics. Come join us in clowning around!

February 8 – Winter Animal Adaptions (grade 4 and up):
Brrr it’s cold outside! Are you wondering how animals stay warm in the winter? Join us as we learn about the amazing animal adaptions to survive the winter. To prepare for this program, please research an ecosystem and choose an animal. We will be uncovering that animals’ structures and functions together. Fun animal trivia will be included!

February 15 – Mindfulness and the Message (All Ages)
This interactive program guides youth in some mindfulness activities and also teaches communication skills with improv games.

February 22 – Starting a Windowsill Garden (grade 4 and up)
Starting a Windowsill Garden… Learn how to Grow Your Own Salad, lettuce, radishes, carrots, and dill indoors. Seeds will be provided.. all you need is some potting soil and a container.

You can participate in one or all.

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

Travel Bugs International

We may not be able to travel right now, but we can still take a trip to some faraway lands to learn about what it’s like to visit some beautiful countries. Join us each week as we embark on adventures to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland and England, Belgium, Italy, Belize, and Chile. This program is open to youth in grades 6–9. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 4:00–5:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24.

Travel Bugs International Registration Link

Travel Bugs United States

We may not be able to travel right now, but we can still take a trip out-of-state to learn about unique cultures in other US communities. Join us each week as we embark on adventures to New York, DC, Cape Code, and Hawaii! This program is open to youth in grades 6–9. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on March 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Travel Bugs United States Registration Link

Teen Improvisational Theatre

Are you a middle or high schooler who likes using your imagination to create characters? Would you like to learn more about improvisational theatre and playwriting? Then join the Monologue and Scene Writing STEP club!. Sessions run the first and third Mondays of the month, January 3–June 20 from 7–8:30 p.m.

More information including how to register for the Teen Improvisational Theatre

Computer Science Exploration and Design

Youth will work with Rutgers University College Students who are also 4-H CS Educators where they will explore the many areas of computer science including coding, sequencing, decoding, debugging, algorithms, game design, etc. Youth will learn both important computer science/STEM skills while practicing computer science with and without (unplugged) a computer. Students will be invited to join other students from Northern NJ who have participated in this program to participate in a 4-H CS Pathways Showcase. There will also be opportunities for youth to learn more about the various computer science fields (from computer science professionals). Sessions run on Saturdays, March 5–26 from 10:30–12:00 a.m.

Computer Science Exploration and Design Registration Link

Come for a fun day that features exciting competitions amongst rabbits, cavy and other small animals. There is also a silent auction.
Covid-19 Guidelines will be followed. Face Masks Must be Worn at All Times.

Pre-Registered (Email) – $3 per animal (regardless of breed, class, type, size)
Day of Show Entries – $4 per animal (regardless of breed, class, type, size)

Payment by Cash or Check only. Please make checks payable to Somerset County 4-H Association.

The full event catalog can be found here:

To register please email

2022 Species on the Edge Art and Essay Contest

Hosted by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey

Empowers 5th-grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece.

Simple, Fun, and Free to Enter!

Open to all New Jersey fifth-grade students. One winner from each county will be selected. The contest kit (including rules, species list, & entry form) should be downloaded below.


Mail your artwork, essay, and entry form to:

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
2 Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540

Email a scan/digital photo of your artwork, essay, and entry form to…

Contest winners who have submitted their artwork electronically will be required to mail their artwork to CWF for inclusion in our calendar and statewide exhibitions.

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 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,

Sussex County 4-H Foundation Fund Scholarship due April 1.

4-H logo

Applicants must be currently active in the 4-H program and for at least five (5) years, four (4) of which should be in high school.

Applications are due to the 4-H Office, by emailed to, or postmarked by April 1

For the Application go to:

Agricultural Scholarships are now available

Agricultural Scholarships are presented each year by the Ag. Division of the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show and applications are now being accepted for any Sussex County graduating high school senior or college student currently enrolled in an agricultural program pursuing a two or four-year degree, or graduate studies in one of the many fields of Agriculture. 

For more information and the application please go to and click on Fairgrounds/Ag/Ag. History for the PDF application.  Information is also available in local guidance offices. 

The application can also be found here: Agricultural Scholarship (

Mail application to the Ag. Scholarship Selection Committee, c/o G. Danko, P.O Box 2456, Branchville, NJ 07826.  The deadline is April 15th.

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.

Presentations are being held on and at the following dates and places:
March 1 – Frankford Twp. School, 2 Pines Rd. Branchville (live animals allowed)
March 8 – Frankford Twp. School, 2 Pines Rd. Branchville (live animals allowed)
March 15 – High Point Regional High School, 299 Pidgeon Hill Rd, Sussex
March 22 – Kittatinny Regional High School, 77 Halsey Rd. Newton

Please use the following link to sign up to serve as a presentation judge:, contact the 4-H office at (973) 948-3040, or email Tanya at

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

For any questions please contact the 4-H Office.

Calling all 4-H volunteers! See below for a great opportunity to network with other regional volunteers and learn more about helping youth learn and grow. To register use this link:…/tJIvcOmqqDkpGd0QL36d5MJ47aW0g6yuRcUN

Attention Leaders


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 (

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, May 13, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Asparagus Facts and Recipe Ideas
Friday, May 13-19, 2022 – CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License (ONLINE)
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Build a Better Beverage
Friday, May 20, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 4:30 pm – North Jersey Tree Fruit and Vegetable Twilight Meeting
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Benefits of Physical Activity for Seniors
Friday, May 27, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Strawberry Salsa
Monday, May 30, 2022 – ALL State and County offices closed
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 3:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Ten Inflation-Fighting Hacks for Older Adults

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, January 28, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes – Taco Soup

Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Getting the Most Out of Your Grocery Order

Friday, February 4, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes – Football Pull-Apart Bread

Saturday, February 5, 2022, 9:30 am – Coffee Talks for Home Gardeners: Create Your Own Germination Station: How to Start Seeds Indoors (Day 1 of 4)

Monday, February 7, 2022, 12:00 pm – RCE Homesteading Academy: Planning Your Backyard Vegetable Garden

Wednesday, February 8, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Step It Up Adding More Movement into Your Day

Thursday, February 10, 2022, 12:00 pm – Recetas Ricas: Ensalada de Cereales Integrales

Friday, February 11, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes – Valentine’s Heart Shaped Snacks Recipe

Saturday, February 12, 2022, 9:30 am – Coffee Talks for Home Gardeners: Elevate Your Gardening: Raise Your Beds! (Day 2 of 4)

Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 7:00 pmLiving Shorelines at Cattus Island County Park


Sussex County 2022 Gardening Education Series

For more information contact Program Coordinator Lisa Chiariello

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!

Rutgers Cooperative Extension introduces the “Homesteading Academy”—a once monthly lunchtime webinar series for anyone curious about home-grown sustenance and self-sufficiency. We invite you to join us on the second Tuesday of each month for live sessions with our invited speakers. The webinars will take place from noon to 1 p.m., so bring your lunch!

The series will be ongoing, with potential future topics of sheep/beef/goats, seed saving and heirloom varieties, troubleshooting for two-cycle engines, fruit and nut crops, cut flowers, food preservation, small-scale grain milling, and more.

Join us at 10am on the third Wednesday of the month to brush up on your horticultural knowledge.

To register follow the link or scan the QR code above:

For more information please call 908-475-6507 or email

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