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Sussex County 4-H Weekly Challenge

This week in a sentence, photo, or drawing share how you are celebrating the end of the school year? Post your responses under Sussex County Facebook post of our weekly challenge or email them to patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu to be counted.  And don’t forget to hashtag them #SussexCounty4HWklyChallange and @SussexNJ4H.

At the end of the week, one winner will be chosen and win a 2021 Teen Council Dairy Barn gift certificate. All entries must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Friday to count. Only one entry person per week.

Congratulations To the Kicken’ Chickens for placing 7th in the 4-H Animal Science Blog Contest

Our Kicken’ Chickens 4-H Poultry club placed 7th out of the 88 clubs with a total of 276 4-H members that participated in the 4-H Animal Science Blog Contest from April 10 through May 31, 2020.

They will be receiving a $100 mini-grant to support their efforts to learn and/or teach animal science (curriculum, guest speakers, field trips, educational workshops, exhibits, outreach, etc.).

They achieved this by evaluated classes of horses and livestock; visited a variety of farms, zoos, and museums; joined educational webinars with experts from across the country; developed new skills; and discovered online resources from eXtension and several of our land-grant university partners.  They learned about animal breeds, care, nutrition, products, and training; met a variety of people involved in animal research and conservation; and explored animal science career opportunities and the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers.  They also shared their favorite animal resources and club activities – some will be featured in upcoming blog posts!

If you are interested in learning more about the activities and challenged tey completed, all of the activities, they will be posted under Club Programming Idea and STEM Learning on the NJ 4-H Animal Science Resource Blog.

Congrats again to the members of the Kicken Chickens for all their hard work!

NJ 4-H Virtual Fair Is Coming

School days are coming to an end and summer is right around the corner! You know what that means — it’s Fair Season!

This year we will be hosting a virtual NJ 4-H State Fair in lieu of individual county fairs. It will not be the kind of fair that we’re all used to, but it will be a great opportunity for 4-H members to show off their talents, earn ribbons, and engage in some friendly competition.

There will be something for everyone — from animal shows and art exhibits to 4-H spirit contests and shooting sports! There will be classes for Cloverbuds and lots of fun things to do and see.

Do you have an idea for a fun and/or interesting show or class? Please share it with us so we can share it with the NJ 4-H Virtual Fair committee. Use the following link to do so: NJ Virtual Fair Class Suggestion Form

Entry registration will be open for the month of July and the virtual fair will take place mid-August. Keep an eye out for more details and information on how to enter. We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair!

June 4-H from Home Webinars

June 16: Grow Your Own Veggies From Scraps (open to all grades)

June 23: Interactive Storytelling
(grades K–3)

June 30: Science Fun – Make It Shine (grades K–3)

July 4-H From Home Webinars to be announced soon. Check the website for updated info. http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/

STEP Clubs Starting Soon
Registration is limited.

Perfect Pets
June 22 – July 27

Sessions will run for six Mondays @ 3:00pm
Perfect Pets registration

Each session will focus on a different topic (to be determined by interest of youth when registering). Sessions will provide youth a chance to learn about the basics of animal care, management, training, and more to highlight options for their “perfect pet.” Youth will share common interests and interact in fun learning activities through online games focused on different pets. Youth will have the chance to practice public speaking skills in an informal environment by allowing them to do a short presentation on their pet or a pet they would like to have.

Understanding Horse Behavior
July 1–August 5

Young people in grades 5–8 are invited to join us via Zoom to improve their knowledge of horse behavior, while getting to do some fun activities and virtually meet with real horses and former horse trainers! Information and materials needed will be shared prior to the first session. Youth who register are expected to attend all club sessions and will receive a certificate of completion at the program end. A small package will be sent to each participant’s home with materials needed for the club.

Sessions will run on Wednesdays 6:30–7:30 pm
Understanding Horse Behavior registration

Zoo and Aquarium Career Detectives
July 6–22

Discover your future career! This detectives group will explore a variety of careers that you will find available in a zoo or aquarium. Youth members in grades 6 – 12 are invited to join us for a virtual Short-Term Exploratory Program (STEP). Participants will have the opportunity to connect with professionals as they learn about their careers and fields of study. Youth who register are expected to attend all club sessions and will receive a certificate of completion at the program end.

Sessions will run on Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00pm–8:15pm
Zoo and Aquarium Career Detectives registration

Please Share What You Love About the Fair with the S. C. Milkmakers.

The Sussex County Milkmakers are organizing a video montage of 4-H members answering the questions “what they love most about the fair” and/or “What are you looking forward to doing next year at the fair”.  

They would love to have other 4-H members from other clubs participate as well. Their hope is to gather video or audio clips, alongside a compilation of favorite photos from the fair in years passed to compile into one complete video.

If you are interested in participating complete the information below.
Submission Requirements:
Years in 4H:
Audio or video clip
: <max length 1 minute>
Photo attachment: <5 photos max>

Submission will be due July 1, 2020, to Nora Swanson (S.C. Milkmakers Leader).
Please Email entries and or questions to noralanie@yahoo.com 

Want to add more STEM to your life?

Subscribe to the 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology @ Rutgers University Blog to get daily STEM posts.

Calling Current 7th-9th Graders

This is open to any current 7th-9th graders, 4-H member, or not. The fee covers the cost of program materials that will be mailed to participants in advance, a program t-shirt, and recognition. Guest speakers will include 4-H Professional Staff, a high school career coordinator, and Rutgers University admissions staff.

4-H members WILL receive a certificate for community service hours they take part in during the program.

For more information contact Laura Bovitz (lbovitz@njaes.rutgers.edu).

Virtual 4-H Horse Camp
July 13 -16, 2020
Registration Now Open

Who: All 4-H Horse Project Members Grades 4- 13
What: Virtual 4-H Horse Camp
Where: Your Own Computer (will be a Zoom log in every night)
Why: To have fun while learning about horse topics
When: July 13th– July 16th from 6:45pm-9pm
Price: $25 (includes a 4-H t-shirt)

4-days of fun Horse related topics taught by Equine Industry professionals and 4-H leaders.  Some topics include First Aid for your horse, Equine Anatomy, Parasites, Hay Selection, Braiding, Banding, and Clipping,  Ranch Riding, and Showmanship.

Please email the registration form to nj4hhorse@gmail.com by July 1st then send a $25 check made payable to New Jersey 4-H Horse Project Advisory Council to Emily Vail, 6 Giancarlo Road, Newton NJ 07860

For more information see below:
2020 Virtual 4-H Horse Camp Schedule
New Jersey 4-H Virtual Horse Camp- Presenter bios

Sussex County
4-H Class of 2020
Senior Spotlight

Clara Lappart

Clara is a senior at High Point Regional High School. In the fall she will be attending Sussex County Community College to study Computer Science. After graduating from SCCC she plans to finish her bachelor’s at an in-state college. She feels 4-H has been so wonderful to be a part of throughout the years. When she first joined 4-H when she was in 1st grade. She feels her mom knew the importance of being a part of 4-H and Clara felt right at home in Summer Blossoms.

Some of her favorite memories from 4-H was the years’ Summer Blossoms had a booth at Spring Fest. She was young and tiny but learned to be bold enough to stand behind the table and sell wheat berry grass and seed to people much older than herself. The ‘kids plant-your-own zone’ was also so much fun and helped her learn how to work as a team. The booth at Spring Fest expanded my people skills and made her comfortable talking to anyone. Clara says that she will forever be grateful for the experiences, memories, and friendships 4-H has given her and will take away the skills she has learned and keep them for the rest of her life.

Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Crissey

Lizzie Crissey graduating from Sussex County Technical School. After high school, she will attend Sussex County Community College majoring in applied sciences and playing softball for the Lady Skylanders. After her time there she will go to a four-year school to pursue her dream of nursing.

Being in 4-H helped her discover her love for caring for people. She feels Summer Blossoms taught her how to be a leader, along with communication, and caring for those who are in need. Her love every year in the fair not only to see ribbons on her entries but also the smiles of those who have also placed. Being in Summer Blossoms has helped her grow friendships and helped her discover who she is and who she wants to be. She has been in 4-H since she was 5 and for some that may seem like an eternity of dedication but for her it flew by. She feels 4-H was the best decision for her to join, and she will forever be thankful for it.

Lizzie and her sister Olivia

Congrats to Our
2020 Graduating
4-H Members!

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Rutgers Earth Day at Home Webinar Series

June 15, 2020
Backyard Composting 101. Starting home composting is one of the easiest ways to reduce waste while improving your soil. Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps and yard waste into black gold for your soil with these tips for success. Michele Bakacs, Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Middlesex/ Union Counties.

June 22, 2020
Ticks and Lyme Disease. Protect yourself from ticks and Lyme disease by learning about the tick life cycle, tick removal, and differences between a variety of tick species. Learn also how to reduce tick habitat around your home. Amy Rowe, Associate Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Passaic/ Essex Counties.

To register or for more information visit

Wellness on Wednesday webinars with Family & Community Health Sciences will focus on a variety of topics related to food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles.  This series will walk you through the easy steps that you can take to add positive health behaviors into your day.  From reducing the amount of food waste you produce in your home to understanding how to read the new nutrition facts label, now is the time to make some of those small changes that will improve your health in a large way.

All sessions are free, will last approximately 45 minutes, and be provided via Webex.  To join, you will need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. You must register to participate. 

June 17 – Pivoting the Picky Eater
Feeding a family isn’t always easy and picky eating can oftentimes feel as if it is getting in the way of your efforts to promote a positive experience at the dinner table.  Learn how to set the table for success and support your children so that they grow into positive eaters and develop a healthy relationship with food.  Sarah Curran, MHS, RD, FCHS program associate, Warren County


June 24 – Benefits of Family Meals
From building vocabulary to developing social skills, to adopting healthy eating habits, eating together as a family can foster many benefits for family members of all ages. Whether at the dining room table or on a picnic blanket at the park, meals can serve as a positive family time that becomes a building block for life-long healthy behaviors. Learn about the abundance of research that links family meals to positive behaviors across the life span.  Jennifer Shukaitis, MPH, FCHS educator, State Office


Online Beekeeping Workshops

Small Scale Queen Rearing
June 16, 2020
This workshop covers queen and drone biology, stock selection, introduction to several queen rearing techniques, tools, and equipment, starter, and finisher hives, setting up mating yards, and record keeping.

Visit our webpage at: www.cpe.rutgers.edu/BEES to learn more! 

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