Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter September 17-24, 2021

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:

Directions to assist you in the process can be found at the following link:

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.

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

NJ will host the 2021 4-H STEM Challenge “Galactic Quest”
Saturday October 9, 10am–12pm:

Kids learn foundational STEM skills while they wrestle with the same questions as today’s top aerospace scientists and engineers! This program is intended for youth in grades 4–9.
Please register by Saturday, September 26, 2021.

To find out more about the National 4-H STEM Challenge please check out:

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP

Data to the Rescue: Clues in the Corals

Free Virtual Program for Youth in Grades 5-8
Thursdays, October 14, 21 and 28; 4-5:15pm ET

What can corals tell us about our environment?  And how do scientists figure out what corals are telling us?  

Join a research team from Rutgers investigating cold-water corals and inventing new tools – called proxies – to study them. You’ll investigate coral anatomy, analyze real scientific data and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of current Rutgers research.

Program Details Designed for youth in 5th-8th grades  3-session virtual program – please plan to attend all sessions Thursdays, October 14, 21, and 28; 4-5:15 pm Eastern Time You’ll need a computer and internet connection, as well as a few supplies easily gathered from the grocery store or around the house. Sessions will be held via ZOOM; no other special software is required.

For more information and to register, please visit the Rutgers 4-H STEM Office website

Register ASAP – attendance is limited to 30 students. 

🎵 THIS could be your big break 🎵 American Idol is looking for 4-H’ers and 4-H Alumni 15-28 to join an exclusive 🍀 virtual audition on September 24th! Register now for your chance to be the next #AmericanIdol!

For more information go to: March2RUGardens (

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 (

Coming Soon!!

Be on the look out for Fun Program & Activites for both county and state-wide.

New Jersey 4-H Day at the New York JETS

All 4-H families and their friends to attend the New Jersey 4-H Day at the JETS vs EAGLES on Sunday, December 5, 1:00 PM at MetLife Stadium located in East Rutherford. Tickets range from $59.00-$95.00. Each ticket purchased will be entered into a drawing for on-field access. Tickets can be purchased at: JETSGROUPS.COM/nj4h.

The State 4-H Association is conducting this fundraiser to assist in raising money to cover the cost of the bus for the New Jersey 4-H delegates attending Citizenship Washington Focus in July 2022. The State 4-H Association will receive $10.00 for every ticket purchased using the link above. You do not have to be a 4-H member or volunteer to order tickets from the link above at this reduced ticket price.


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.

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, June 10, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip
Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 12:00 pm – Homesteading Academy: Preventative Practices to Support the Health of Small-Scale Poultry
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: BeneFITS of Walking
Friday, June 17, 2022 – Juneteenth – State Offices Closed
Friday, June 17, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Father’s Day Mocktails
Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Foods that Fight Pain: Separating Myth from Fact
Friday, June 24, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: No-Bake Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Eating Patterns for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Saturday, September 18, 2021, 9:00 am – Pet First Aid & CPR Certification (fee)

Monday, September 20, 2021, 6:30 pm Earth Day, Every Day Webinar Series – Fall 2021 (Day 2 of 8)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Tostones with Guac
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7:00 pmCaring for Houseplants in Fall and Winter
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 2:00 pm Keeping Up the Beat: Self Management Techniques for Cardiovascular Disease
Thursday, September 23, 2021,12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Vegetable Curry
Friday, September 24, 2021. 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Chicken Tenders Chic-fil-A Style

Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:00 pm Pet First Aid & CPR Certification (fee)
Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:30 pm Earth Day, Every Day Webinar Series – Fall 2021 (Day 3 of 8)
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Chorreadas
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 2:00 pm Intuitive Eating
Thursday, September 16, 2021,12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Black Bean Brownies

Rutgers Cooperative Extension introduces the “Homesteading Academy”

A new, once-monthly lunchtime webinar series for anyone curious about home-grown sustenance and self-sufficiency. From October through December, 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!

This first set of three sessions will feature speakers on backyard poultry, mushroom production, and beekeeping. The series will be ongoing, with potential future topics of sheep/beef/goats, seed saving and heirloom varieties, engine conversion to waste vegetable oil, troubleshooting for two-cycle engines, cut flowers, food preservation, small-scale grain milling, and more.

Upcoming Webinars

  1. December 14: What To Do To Get Started Keeping Bees On Your Property
    Presenter: Tim Schuler (Owner, Schuler’s Bees, and Former State Apiarist, NJ Dept. of Agriculture)

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