Sussex County 4-H Animal Project Representative Applications due this
Tuesday, June 15.

4-H Members in grades 11-13 who have completed three years in an animal project area are encouraged to apply to represent their animal species as this year’s 2021 Animal representative. Members applying must have completed a County level public presentation for the current project year to be considered.
 
In the event of a competition for representative, more than one person applies; independent judges review the contestants’ application and schedule an interview portion for each applicant. Individual interviews will last approximately ten minutes with each judge asking 1-3 questions. Contestants applying will need to be able to attend the following required events during the fair if chosen:

 – NJSF/SCF&HS Opening Ceremonies (and parade if applicable) on the First Saturday.
 – Queen of the Fair Contest on the first Saturday
 – Be available in your species barn from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the Thursday of the Fair to assist Round Robin participants.
 – If not a participant in Round robin, assist during the Round Robin event.
 – *Livestock Reps Only– Assist with Market Animal Dinner and Sale (Tuesday evening)
– Assist with species shows and other tasks as requested by your animal area coordinator.

Applications can be downloaded at:
https://www.sussex4h.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/SC-Animal-Rep-2021.-Application.pdf

The S. C. 4-H Animal Representative application packets must be completed and turned in to your 4-H club leader.  The applications received by club leaders should be submitted to the 4-H office no later than June 15, 2021. 


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

Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops


May 19th at 7 p.m.- Virtual Improv Night (Teens)
Join our youth in a fun evening of performance and improvisational theatre!
Register here www.mtpl.org.

Current 4-H STEP Clubs

Let’s go on an AG-venture!

A journey from Farm Gate to Plate to see how food and other products are made! 

Have you ever wondered where food comes from or how it is made?  Join us for three days of exploring the science of agriculture!  Together we will learn how food and other essential products are made and how you play a role in your community.  Learn about livestock, crops, and life on a farm.  Each session will include lots of interactive games and activities focusing on agri-science.  It is going to be Ag-mazing! For youth Grades 3-6 

Sessions will take place on May 18, 19, and 20, 4-5 pm

Let’s go on an AG-venture registration link


4‑H Victory Gardeners 

Join us for a virtual Short-Term Exploratory Program (STEP). Young people in grades 4–12 are invited to join us for virtual meetings to help grow an at-home vegetable garden! Whether in a container, on your windowsill, or in a backyard, youth will learn to grow food from seed to sprout! Each session will be step-by-step, interactive, and will include a review of gardening techniques, discussions, and show and tell. This STEP Club is ongoing and meets on the first Monday and third Friday of the month at 4:30 pm.

4‑H Victory Gardeners registration link


Photography Club for High Schoolers

In this STEP photography club, you will learn tips and ideas to help you become a better photographer. Topics include, for example, f stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, and composition. Bring to the club a camera with changeable settings or a smartphone with optional apps. Come explore your creativity through your photographer’s lens!  Sessions will run June 7 -28th from 3 PM to 4 PM 

https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_509lDEJxsklA43c



4-H Game Design Challenge
Summer 2021

Passaic County 4-H is holding its first Game Design Challenge. Did you know that playing board games can be more than just good family fun? Playing board games is also good for teaching and practicing cognitive skills such as decision making, higher-level strategic thinking, and problem-solving, all skills important in the computer science field!

Families all across NJ are eligible to enter!
You will receive instructions and more information via email after you have completed registration.

Registration: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9XfsnkqOvQ5AqxM

Please email any questions or concerns to Passaic4H@njaes.rutgers.edu
Register early as supplies are limited.


This June, Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s FCHS Department will host our first annual virtual Feed a Family 5K and Wellness Walk.  https://go.rutgers.edu/feedafamily5k

FCHS is partnering with Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) to raise funds that will stock NJ food pantries with nutritious foods and help families learn easy, tasty ways to use that food.  Proceeds from the event will bring food to NJ food pantries and enable us to teach families with limited food budgets how to shop for and cook healthy meals through virtual nutrition/cooking lessons, using the “Cooking Matters” program curriculum.  “Cooking Matters” is an evidence-based program that teaches families with limited food budgets how to shop for and cook healthy meals, via virtual cooking lessons.  Each family that participates receives a box of food to use in the lesson.  FCHS faculty and staff will implement & teach “Cooking Matters.”  Funds raised will purchase food boxes for families.

Register today at https://go.rutgers.edu/feedafamily5k.  Complete your walk/run anytime in June.  Registration includes a race t-shirt. 
Check out our store, too…pick up some RU summertime swag!


Learn 2 Lead – Learn to Serve

Check out this great program for youth in grades 7-9. Due to the nature of the program, it will be held virtually, but there will be opportunities for local in-person service projects during the program and we hope to have an in-person program sharing and recognition event. The program will be highly interactive as well. All participants will receive a certificate for their service hours and leadership training. Space is limited! Register at the link below and you will receive detailed program information. The fee covers all program materials, mailing costs, program t-shirt, and recognition materials.

For questions or more information contact Laura Bovitz (bovitz@RCE.Rutgers.edu) or Abbie Kesley (akesely@njaes.rutgers.edu).


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

Georgia Boot is a proud partner of 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


What do you think would happen if the toy company Schleich got together with 4-H to create the most fantastic animal tale of all time?

Find out with the “Create Your Story” contest, starting NOW! The top 10 stories will go to a vote and the top two will be part of an interactive “create your own adventure” video premiering this fall! For more information visit: https://createyourstorywith4h.com/


NJ 4-H Camp assembling a truly excellent summer staff this year, and they still got room for a just few more Male counselors to join them!

If you (or someone you know) are 18 or older and want to spend the summer living in beautiful Stokes State Forest, living the camp lifestyle, and helping provide campers with a magnificent post-isolation summer, then you should consider joining our team! 

Staff Training starts June 27th and the season runs all the way until the end of our “BIG” session on August 21st.

Interested parties should reach out to us at the Camp Office (973-948-3550 or camp.director@rutgers.edu) for more details or apply here!


Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders


Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Monday, May 17, 2021; 2:00pm: Mindful Eating | Our Relationship with Food
Tuesday, May 18, 2021; 7:00 pm: Agritourism/On-Farm Direct Marketing Risk Management Webinar Series – What to Do When Something Goes Wrong, Incident Response and Media Relations
Thursday, May 20, 2021; 1:00 pm: Rutgers Lunch and Learn course – What’s Your Style? Communication Preferences for Success
Thursday, May 20, 2021; 6:30 pm:
RU Ready 2 Preserve Food at Home- Tomatoes & Salsa
Thursday, May 20, 2021; 6:30 pm:
RU Ready 2 Garden FREE webinar- Growing Organically: 5 Keys to a Bountiful Home Garden

Saturday, May 22. 2021; 9:00 am: Pet First Aid & CPR Certification (fee)

Monday, May 24, 2021; 6:30 pm: Hurricanes and the Mid Atlantic Cold Pool: How Our Regional Ocean Can Protect Coastal Communities – Rutgers Cooperative Extension – Marine Extension Program Seminar Series
Tuesday, May 25, 2021; 12:00 pm: Agritourism/On-Farm Direct Marketing Risk Management Webinar Series – Liability Insurance for Farms Open to Visitors
Thursday, May 27, 2021; 1:00 pm: Rutgers Lunch and Learn course – Empathy in Action
Thursday, May 27, 2021; 6:30 pm:
RU Ready 2 Garden FREE webinar- Delicious Edible Flowers


Attention Teachers!!

Are we alone?” “How did we get here?” The ENIGMA project is part of @nasa’s focus on #astrobiology – the study of the origins of life on our planet and the search for life beyond Earth. This is where the @rutgersu led ENIGMA team comes in. The ENIGMA team’s idea is that if we can find out how life started on Earth, we can figure out how life may have started on other planets, and search for it. In this “Tools of Science” video (https://4hset.rutgers.edu/virtual-programs/enigma/), see how this interdisciplinary team is figuring out how proteins evolved to create life on earth – and how to find these protein ‘biosignatures’ in the minerals that make up Earth and other planets! To accompany the video, our education team developed a discussion guide to facilitate your exploration of the video themes, with links to activities, resources, and related videos! Learn how to incorporate this video into various #LifeScience, #EarthScience, and #PhysicalScience topics in middle school and high school! 

DISCUSSION GUIDE LINK: https://4hset.rutgers.edu/…/03/ENIGMAVideoGuide0309.pdf


The NJ Climate Change Resource Center at Rutgers is pleased to partner with Climate Generation, NOAA’s Climate Program, and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program to offer a Summer Institute for Climate Change Education where educators from across the nation are coming together virtually to gain new skills for teaching climate change.

Rutgers is leading a cohort of 20 selected educators from all subject areas to participate in the program, hosted by Climate Generation. As an NJ representative, you will gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas, and receive ongoing support throughout the year. You will help NJ DOE and Rutgers share important resources and effective practices for teaching with the NJ climate standards.

Here are the details: 
When: July 28–30, 2021 with a special session with NJ DOE STEM leader Michael Heinz – (July 26th, 3-5 pm)
Where: Online!
How: Apply to participate at https://go.rutgers.edu/w01iunpv
Scholarships to cover registration fees are available through support from the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
The deadline to register is May 19, 2021

This three-day experience is full of powerful and engaging keynote speakers, meaningful discussion about the intersection of social justice and climate change, and collaborative conservations between a national network of climate change education leaders. Leave feeling reinvigorated for the new school year and prepared to educate your students to be global citizens.



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