Upcoming Events

Morris County 4-H Events:

December 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 27 - 31, 10am - 4pm

Nearly all our 4-H clubs have made and contributed beautiful and unique ornaments to decorate our "4-H Tree" at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Mansion for their first annual Festival of Trees! Come and see the masterpiece of Creativity, Collaboration, and Fun!

The newly renovated mansion at the arboretum is open just for this new festival of Trees on Fridays and Saturdays, December 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 and Tuesday to Saturday December 27 - December 31 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Admission is $10 per person. Space is limited. You can get your tickets for the 30 minutes times slots here: tinyurl.com/MCPCFestival

register by December 16, event dates: January 13-15

Grades 8+

Save the date! Winter Camp is back! Join 4-H members from Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, and Ocean. Make new friends and enjoy fun winter as well as indoor activities at L.G. Cook 4-H Camp. This is for members in grades 8 and up. Please fill out and return the registration forms by December 16.

December 17

Teen Council 4-H member Aniket is hosting a sandwich making party as well as sandwich collection for Project Kind. All 4-H families and members are invited to participate. Volunteer hour certificates are available. Below are the details of the event. Contact the office with any questions.

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094aa4ad2da1f49-holiday

Sandwich making:

The sandwich making event will be held on Saturday, December 17 from 2-3pm at the 4-H office (550 W Hanover Ave in Morristown - access is from Raynor Rd. / Morris View Dr.). Aside from sandwich making and

Please bring:
- Pre-sliced bagged bread!!!
- Juice boxes!
- Peanut butter and jelly (some will be provided)
- Snacks to be added to bags (optional)

Sandwich bags, paper bags as well as gloves will be available but feel free to bring additional.


Prepared bagged sandwiches* can be dropped off

  • at the 4-H office at 550 W Hanover Ave in Morristown
    Saturday, December 17, between 2-3pm = during the event only!!!

  • on the porch at 108 Jordan Rd, Rockaway, NJ 07866
    Saturday, December 17, between 10am - 5pm

*Each paper sandwich bag includes:
- One peanut butter and jelly sandwich in plastic sandwich bag
- Juice box - optional
- Snack - optional
- Note with kind, uplifting message - optional
- Paper bag can be decorated

Aniket will take all sandwich bags from the event and those dropped off to Project Kind. Sign up now.

January 21

Creating a fun and beautiful scrapbook capturing what you do during the 4-H year is one of the ways to cover the record keeping part of 4-H. Plain record books can be enhanced with photos and other elements - or the entire experience can be turned into a stunning coffee table topper. Anything in between will be great too.

Join 4-H member Sophia and her mom and 4-H leader Lurah in their intro workshop on scrapbooking. You will see different record keeping options, find out various patterns for scrapbook designs, and leave with your own first scrapbook page. If you have created some before, you can also come to share or get new ideas.

The workshop will be held at the 4-H office on Saturday, January 21, 3pm - 4:30pm.

Bring your curiosity + a few photos and ideas for your page.

Registration is open. Reserve your spot now as space is limited.

4-H in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Morristown

March 11

Wear your finest 4-H green and march with the Morris County 4-H group in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Morristown. All 4-H clubs and member families are invited to join in the parade behind the official 4-H float. Come and wear your 4-H gear and anything green. Clubs bring their club banner for members to carry. Calm and friendly project animals may participate in the pa­rade too! Marchers arrive between 11-11:30am (or earlier, as per the link below :-). The parade starts at noon and lasts till 2pm. The Division and Position numbers for our spot will be given to us after their meeting. Click here for more parade details

Promote 4-H at local events

4-H will have a table or booth at many events in Morris County in the coming months. All 4-H families are invited to help with the set-up, talk to people about 4-H, hand out flyers, offer an activity, and bring your friendly animal (check with the promotion committee first as requirements differ for each event). It is a lot of fun! Please contact the group if you would like to be included: mc4hpromotions@gmail.com. Or simply support 4-H and the event by visiting and stopping by at the 4-H table to say Hi.

Other 4-H Events and More:

Event date: December 10 (Registration was due November 29)

Grades 4-12

The New Jersey 4-H Expressive Arts Program is hosting a photography skills clinic, Saturday, December 10 from 10-2 at the Winter Run Activity Center (Monmouth County).

The clinic will be led by Jim Powers who will offer valuable photography tips and provide feedback to 4-H’ers on their photographs. Participants are invited to bring up to four (4) photos to the clinic for feedback.

The 4-H Photography Skills Clinic is free and open to enrolled New Jersey 4-Hers in grades 4 through 12.

4-H’ers do not need to be registered in a New Jersey 4-H photography club or have entered photography in any 4-H event or program.

Deadline for registration was November 29

Questions? E-mail Ellen Williams, Expressive Arts 4-H Agent, at williams@njaes.rutgers.edu.

The Winter Run Activity Center is located at: 270 Southard Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ.

Pack a lunch and/or a snack – there will be a lunch break at 12pm. Water will be provided.

December 10 and 11

You don't want to miss this super fun, entertaining, and free "lecture" by the physics department of Rutgers (even if you are not into physics - you will love this)!

This family event will be held at the Physics Lecture Hall, 120 Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ 08854. There will also be a streaming option.

Sat. Dec. 10, 2022: Preshow Demos Start at 2 pm; Show from 3-4:30 pm

Sun. Dec. 11, 2022: Preshow Demos Start at Noon; Show from 1-2:30 pm

For more information visit: http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~croft/FARADAY.HTML

December 15, January 19, February 16

Grades: 6+

"Bridge to 4-H" began two years ago as a way for youth to continue to get a 4-H experience during pandemic lockdown, and grew into a special community of youth in grades 6 & up looking for leadership, healthy living, and life skills programming. Join for one hour a month of interactive Zoom lessons and games! This year's topics include Environmental Science as well as Biological Science, leadership, arts, games and more! Meetings are 7-8 PM, virtually on the following dates: Nov 10, 2022; Dec 15, 2022; Jan 19, 2023; Feb 16, 2023

More dates will be scheduled. For details contact Laura at eppinger@njaes.rutgers.edu.

Register here: https://go.rutgers.edu/ins94rbb

Submit by December 31

Grades 4-13

This month’s PhotoCorps theme is “Follow Me”. Photographs can lead us to see and experience new things. In this photo theme, your photo beckons "Follow Me"! Through the power of your camera lens, you can draw us in to follow you down unique paths. Lead and we will happily follow! Please upload your photo by December 31.

You should receive comments from the juror mentors by the end of January.

If you have any questions, please contact williams@njaes.rutgers.edu

Registration is open!

Polar bear discount until December 31, 2022

Looking for a fun time this summer? Check out the L.G. Cook 4-H Camp in Branchville NJ, located in the beautiful Stokes State Forest in northern NJ. Each week / session has a theme. The activities sound like a lot of fun, the staff is excited, and past campers can't wait to go back! For ages 8-16.
Check out the
Camp Info and Welcome Guide and website for more details

Register here once it is open: https://nj4hcamp.rutgers.edu/

January 7 (Registration was due December 7)

See the state 4-H goat website, http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/goats/extravaganza/ for all of the information you need to register for the NJ 4-H Goat Extravaganza to be held Saturday, January 7th, 2023 at RCE of Mercer County, Mercer County Office Park, 1440 Parkside Avenue, Ewing. The event includes a poster/presentation contest, skill-a-thon, quiz bowl, art show, workshop for parents and volunteers, and social. A simple and quick online registration is due by Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

January 13-15 (register by December 16)

Grades 8+

Save the date! Winter Camp is back! Join 4-H members from Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, and Ocean. Make new friends and enjoy fun winter as well as indoor activities at L.G. Cook 4-H Camp. This is for members in grades 8 and up. Please fill out and return the registration forms by December 16.

Ocean 4-H Animalology Trivia Game

January 28, 2023

Where: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 708 Rt. 88, Point Pleasant, NJ

Registration starts at 8:30 am, teams set by 9:15 am

Animalology is a friendly Jeopardy!-style competition for youth in grades 4-13. Topics may include animals but also go beyond the animal world. Youth register as individuals and have a team of four drawn from a hat on the day of the competition. Awards will be given in Junior and Senior divisions to the top four teams and the top 10 individuals. The Ocean County 4-H Association will have delicious breakfast and lunch items for sale. Contact the Ocean 4-H office for more information, 732-349-1227 or Ferrie@njaes.rutgers.edu

Grades 6+

Attention All Middle and High Schoolers! Do you want to help eliminate hunger and poverty through the power of your pen? Join in the Poetry X Hunger project! For more information visit https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/comm/poetryxhunger/

  • Open Ring Schooling (see details below) - December 2022 - March 2023

  • Horse Bowl - February 25, 2023

  • Presentations and Equine Art Show - March 18, 2023

  • Horse Judging and Hippology - April 1 & 2, 2023

  • State Horse Show - August 18-20, 2023

For more information and registration details on any of these events visit https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/horses/

Open Ring Schooling for 4-H Horse Project members

December - March

Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 PM on December 6 and 20, January 10 and 24, February 10 and 21 and March 14th.

The Gloucester County 4-H Horse Program (specifically Trot-tastics 4-H Club) is sponsoring some open schooling nights at the Gloucester County DREAM Park. The goal is to give members the chance to school their horses in a different environment while also socializing and making new friends.

$10 per registered 4-H member, with proceeds benefiting the Trot-tastics 4-H Club and members that will participate in Easter National RoundUp. Helmets are required and parents/guardians must remain on the premises.

For more information, contact Brittany at br372@njaes.rutgers.edu

March 25, 2023

Please save the date of Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 8:30 am - 3 pm on Cook Campus of Rutgers University for the Junior Breeder Symposium for all ages. This immersive day offers hands-on workshops in Equine, Large Ruminant (Cattle), Small Ruminant (Sheep & Goat), Swine, Poultry, Rabbit, Cavy (Guinea Pig), Small Animals, Beekeeping! More details and Save The Date flyer available here: https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/animals/junior-breeder/

April 14-19, 2023 (applications were due by December 5)

Grades 10-12

The 2023 National 4-H Conference will be held April 14 - April 19, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. This conference brings together youth and adults to help with strategic planning for the 4- H program nationally. Potential delegates must be in grades 10-12 as of September 2022 and between 15 and 19 years old (as of January 1, 2023). NOTE: For this year we will accept youth in grade 13 who will be no more than 19 years old as of January 1, 2023. New Jersey sends six (6) 4-H members to this conference. Applications are due to your county office by December 5th and each applicant must be able to attend an in-person interview session on January 7, 2023.

For more information and to apply visit https://4-h.org/parents/national-4-h-conference/.

Not a 4-H member yet?

Visit the 4-H Clubs page to see what is available - then email or call the 4-H office to get connected with the club leaders and get you started. You can try a club meeting to see if it is the right fit for you before you enroll. Email: morris4h@njaes.rutgers.edu, Phone: 973-285-8301