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.

4 Days Left to Register!

Registration for the 2022 County-Level 4-H Public Presentations is now open thru 4-H Online.

While we had hoped to hold our county-level public presentations program along normal, pre-Covid, lines, we’re again in uncertain territory for meeting safely in public. We haven’t given up on holding presentations in-person, but we are offering alternatives for public presentations this year. 

Option One: Zoom Presentations 

Zoom public presentation nights will be held on March 4 and 11. Like last year, these will be scheduled with judges and presenters meeting initially and then being directed to pre-as18signed breakout rooms for presentations.  

Tips for making Zoom presentations will be provided. 

Option Two: Recorded 

You can set up a phone/camera and record yourself giving your presentation. Afterward, you’ll post it to YouTube (or another video hosting site) and provide us with a link to access the video. We’ll share your video presentation with judges for evaluation and feedback. The deadline to submit Videos will be March 15.  

Tips for recording and posting your presentation will be provided. 

Option Three: Two Nights of In-Person Presentations* **

*Numbers will be limited.  

We have reserved High Point Regional HS on March 18 and Kittatinny Regional HS for March 25 

Animals will not be permitted at these locations. Participation will be limited to one presenter and one parent/guardian to allow for safe social distancing in the classrooms. Masking will be required for everyone. Presenters will be permitted to remove their masks, but only during their presentations. 

Other restrictions may apply pending approval from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, our host schools, and local health authorities. 

**Warning- if Covid restrictions prevent in-person meetings, these nights will be converted to virtual presentation via Zoom 

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. 

For any questions or concerns please contact Tanya Patrie (

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

Tuesdays in January and February from 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. 
Virtual Winter Fun Programs information and registration

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

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

At the National 4‑H Youth Summit on Agri-Science, high school students develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security, and sustainability. Students will work with each other and experts in the agricultural community in this collaborative, hands-on educational setting.

Event: March 10-13, 2022


Application for NJ youth is here:  

Individuals or teams of 4-Hers or 4-Her/parent teams can enter this event.  To participate, you will choose a dish or meal you would like to prepare and create a video of yourself making the dish/meal (including the ingredients, preparation, and final product).  Submit the video to by January 29th.  Videos should be sent in the simplest format possible (for ease of downloading and sharing with judges).

Judging will be based on the choice of items, cooking technique, creativity, and presentation of your product.  All entrants will receive ribbons for their participation and there will be trophies for top entries in each category (grade 4-8, grade 9-13, 4-Her team, 4-Her/adult team).  All Cloverbud entries will receive participation ribbons.  (Ribbons and trophies and comments from judges will be sent to entrants by mail).

To enter, please click here and complete the application by January 20th.  For any questions, contact Laura in Middlesex County at  

New Jersey 4-H Photo Corps

January’s theme….

January’s theme invites you to share your perspective. Show us how you see the world or use your subject to ask the question.

Please post your photo to the Photo Corps site by January 31.
You should receive comments from the juror mentors by the end of February.

All 4-H members are invited to participate in four monthly challenges related to the Four H’s!  January’s challenge is the HANDS Challenge in honor of the MLK Day of Service.  Complete a service project by the end of January, working alone or with friends. Record your results and get a certificate with the hours you volunteered!  For info on ideas for service projects click here and to record your project visit this site. 

For more Info: or

4-H Goat Extravaganza has been rescheduled for February 12

See the state 4-H goat website,,  for all of the information you need to register for the NJ 4-H Goat Extravaganza (poster/presentation contest, skill-a-thon, quiz bowl, art show, workshop for parents and volunteers, and social) on Saturday, February 12 at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County in the Mercer County Office Park, 1440 Parkside Avenue, Ewing (NEW location this year).

Simple and quick online registration is due by Thursday, January 20. 

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,

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.


2022 New Jersey State 4-H Model Horse Show
Saturday January 22, 2021
Somerset County 4-H Center
Bridgewater NJ

The New Jersey 4-H Model Horse Project is an educational program, entailing the collecting, photographing, and showing of model horses. This sincere hobby inspires 4-H’ers to pursue perfection, authenticity, and artistry. The “world of the model horse show” involves vast equine knowledge and skill to reproduce the realism needed to portray the image of a live horse. The world of model horses is both interesting and informative. 4-H horse lovers of all ages will enjoy participating in this project. It is especially accommodating for 4-H’ers who do not have horses or for 4-H’ers who, because of health reasons, cannot physically work around live horses.

For more information and registration info go to:
NJ State 4-H Model Horse Show: Horses : Rutgers New Jersey 4-H

The deadline for entries is January 15, 2022

Until Spring

Come Play Animalology

When: January 29, 2022
Registration Due: January 14, 2022
Where: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 708 Rt. 88, Point Pleasant, NJ
Time: Registration starts at 8:30 am, teams set by 9:15 am

Animalology is an educational friendly competition offering youth in grades 4-13 the chance to gain new knowledge, meet new 4-H friends, and have fun at a team-based trivia event.

Animalology is a game created by Helen Ferraro (retired Ocean County 4-H Assistant). The name is a made-up word by Helen but don’t let it fool you. The topics could be about anything, not just animals. For 25 years, this game has been played annually by Ocean County 4-H members. For the 2019 game and thereafter, it was decided to open this fun event to all 4-H members in NJ!

Youth register as individuals and have a team of four drawn from a hat, on the day of the competition. After teams are established, they are given a study period to review informational boards created by their peers, in the topics of animal science and beyond; weather, history, shooting sports, 4-H Camp, etc.

Questions and accepted answers during the competition will ONLY come from these boards. Note: you do not have to enter a board to be able to compete. Awards will be given in Junior and Senior divisions to the top four teams and the top 10 individuals.

Full details can be found at:
Event updates will be sent to all contestants by Jan. 21, 2022
Contact information – Ocean County 4-H office – 732-349-1227

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

Register today at:

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) (

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

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

January 10-12, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm 2022 North Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Online Symposium (fee)

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 12-1:00 pm – RCE Homesteading Academy: Woodland Management for Private Landowners in New Jersey

Monday, January 17, 2022 – Martin Luther King Day – State and County Offices Closed


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!

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