Upcoming Events

Morris County 4-H Events + Deadlines:

Day 1: Sunday, February 25, 2024, 2-3pm
Day 2: Saturday, March 16, 2024, 2-3pm

This is a two-part workshop for participants in grades 4 and up. It's designed as a start into model rocketry or for those looking for an easy build and fun launch in a supportive group setting. 

Day 1: Rocket Building Workshop
When: Sun Feb 25 @ 2-3pm
Where: 4-H Office,  550 West Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960 (access from Raynor Rd / Morris View Dr.)

Day 2: Rocket Launch
When: Sat Mar 16 @ 2-3pm
Where: Highview Farms, 416 Sand Shore Rd, Budd Lake, NJ 07828

Each participant will build a 15" long NEXUS streamer rocket that will fly on a 1/2A6-2 motor. In the building workshop we will also learn:

The material fee for the workshop is $13 per participant and can be paid HERE (please use the "General" option and add the workshop name and participant's name in the comments). Or you can bring a check or cash to the first workshop on February 25.

Register here: https://forms.gle/EriYm5iGTcQ26kUh7

There is a 20 participant maximum, so sign up soon! 

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 6pm

You have been asked to give a club presentation or heard that Public Presentaions will be in May and you should participate? Not sure if you can do it or what topic to choose? We are here to help. You will get all the insights, find out what the judges are looking for, and learn what type of presentation and subject is right for you. This workshop will prepare you to give the perfect presentation. It will be held on February 27 at 6pm at the 4-H office (550 W Hanover Ave in Morristown - access is from Raynor Rd / Morris View Dr).

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/P2vvza6oA7V7z2Sc7, walk-ins are welcome too.

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

Saturday, March 9, 2024 (11-2pm)

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/truck. 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-noon. The parade starts moving at noon (our section moves closer to 12:30 but don't count on it) and lasts till 2pm. If your club would like to apply for a $25 mini grant towards new club banner supplies, please contact the office for the form.

The parade goes from the Morristown Municipal Building parking lot - access and drop off is from Franklin Street - continues around the Green and ends at the Morristown High School. You can park at the high school or somewhere in between.

Our position in the parade will be announced soon. Once you arrive you can ask a Parade Marshal (official looking people with a map) where to find 4-H in the town hall parking lot or look for the 4-H Clover, which should be easy to find among the shamrocks :-) Click the link for a map and more parade details: https://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/st-patricks-day-parade.html

Saturday, March 30, 2024 (10-3pm), at CCM
Registration due by March 17

Grades K-6 (open to all - you don't have to be a 4-H member to participate)

Morris County youth in grades K-6 are invited to explore new ideas, put their designs to the test, and discover a new love for science. 

Fizz Bang BOOM! Get ready to kick-off the day with BIG science experiments. This wiz-bang show will explore several large-scale experiments and get you thinking critically like a scientist.

Hands-on Workshops - Learn about animals, engineering, physics, and so much more.  All workshops are led by 4-H volunteers and community members excited to share their love of science with others. Different tracks available.

The cost per child is $30.00. Lunch may be brought from home or pre-ordered for $8.00.

Register now and select from different track options (scroll down): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/809387869907?aff=oddtdtcreator
Open to all Morris County youth in grades K-6. You don't have to be a 4-H member to attend.

Once you register, please fill out the Permission Form and email it to morris4h@njaes.rutgers.edu

Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 5:30-6:30pm
Grades: 4-13

In this workshop, you'll be working with award-winning author/illustrator Rashad Malik Davis to come up with characters applying the principles of character design. Using shape, color, and your imagination, you'll learn how to quickly bring what's in your mind onto the page. Ideal for students in grades 4-13 (one year out of high school).

The workshop will be held at the Public Safety Training Academy (500 West Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960 - which is the back building. Simply follow the 4-H signs from the parking lot)

Please register here: https://forms.gle/YFN3y18y4MrXMhEu6

This workshop is free and supplies are included, thanks to the Morris County 4-H Association. Feel free to make a donation to the association to support this and future workshops.

Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23, 2024, 5:30-7:30pm
Grades: 4-13

In this 3-part workshop, we will explore different techniques used in creating an abstract piece of art. Participants get to experiment with color and see how the use of color can convey a message. We may also attempt to create art in which the form matches the content.

WHEN: Tuesdays  April 9, 16, and 23, from 5:30-7:30pm
(Please reach out to Valerie at vsmit@co.morris.nj.us if you can not make all 3 dates but are still interested in participating) 

WHERE:  4-H Office at 550 W. Hanover Ave Morristown NJ
(off Raynor Rd / Morris View Dr - look for the Rutgers Extension sign)

This workshop series is for grades 4-13 (one year out of high school).

This workshop is free and supplies are included.

Register here: https://forms.gle/Xf19SkpvWZDLKrco6

Promote 4-H at local events

4-H will have a table or booth at many events in Morris County in the coming month. All 4-H families are invited to participate (talk to visitors about 4-H and your club, offer an activity, hand out flyers, bring your friendly animal - if permitted at the event, and help with the set-up and take-down). 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. 

4-H Public Presentations

Saturday, May 11 @ CCM

All members are invited to give a presentation at the Morris County 4-H Public Presentation Day on May 4th at CCM. Public presentations are a big part of the 4-H experience. The topic can be on pretty much ANYTHING you are passionate about. It could be something you already did for school or or other group, or something you want to learn about. Maybe a demonstration about your hobby, your pet, favorite food, a performance, or an illustrated talk about your favorite topic. Members in grades 8-12 who receive an excellent score at their county Public Presentation qualify to participate at the State Public Presentations event. 

The registration link will be available here closer to the date.

Here is a Morris County 4-H video with tips for a successful presentation plus a NJ 4-H document with helpful hints. Get more details on the Club Resource Page

July 26-28, 2024
At High View Farms in Mt Olive

Mark your calendars!
Our Fair Page will have all the updates in the coming months:

morris4h.org/4-h-fair

You can start thinking of what you would like to enter in the Fair. There are soooo many options: art, science, crafts, creative writing, horticulture, food, knitting/crocheting, photography, clothing/textile, digital,... and of course there are the animal shows, talent show, and quiz bowls.

If you think of wonderful sponsors who would like to support our Fair and 4-H, please send them this way: morris4h.org/4-h-fair/fair-sponsorship

Other 4-H Events and More:

FEBRUARY 17, 2024, 10AM - 5PM
grades 9-12

Interested in weather? Climate change? High school students (grades 9-12) are invited to join scientists and researchers from the Rutgers Undergraduate Meteorology Program in hands-on activities exploring ideas and careers in weather and climate. 

Join us for a full day of learning and activities at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Apply today: https://go.rutgers.edu/5eyjyw9j 

Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by February 2, 2024.

For more information take a look at the flyer, email meteorology@rutgers.edu or call 848-932-5750.

Save the Dates for these Horse Project Events:

February 17, 2024 - The Gloucester County 4-H Horse Symposium, and the Salem 4-H Tack Sale at the DREAM PARK

February 24, 2024 (Snow Date 25th) - State 4-H Horse Bowl

April 6-7, 2024 - State 4-H Hippology & Horse Judging

Visit the State 4-H Horse page for details as they become available: https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/horses/

Sunday, February 24, 2024  (Register by February 19)
For Shooting Sports 4-H members in grades 4-13

The On-Target Archery Club Fun Shoot is an event where non-traditional archery games (both individual and team) are played. It is held indoors at the Somerset Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road in Bridgewater. Non-standard targets will be used. This event is open to 4‐H youth members (in grades 4-13) who are currently active in a 4-H shooting sports club. There is a fee of $10/participant. See the flyer for details.

Registration is required by February 19, 2024

Link to Junior Division Registration (Grades 4-8)
Link to Senior Division Registration (Grades 8-13)

March 1, 2024 - registration deadline
March 10, 2024 - event date

Ocean County 4-H will once again host the Clover LEGO Challenge, with LEGO Master, Corey Samuels! This event will be held Saturday, March 10th beginning at 12:00 PM at the Ocean County 4-H Office in Toms River. The program is open to all 4-H members including Cloverbuds! Deadline for registration is March 1. For more event info click here. To register visit: http://tinyurl.com/cloverLEGOchallenge

March 1, 2024 - submission deadline

All levels of photographers are encouraged to submit pictures, whether you take a picture on your phone or on a camera.  All  tree pictures are welcome! This year’s theme is “My Tree, My Place”. We want you to showcase a tree that is special to you or sparks your interest somewhere that you live, work, or spend a lot of time. The winning photographs will be featured on the Rutgers Urban Forestry website, by the NJ Shade Tree Federation, as well as NJ Department Of Environmental Protection Urban and Community Forestry Program. Submit your photos by March 1, 2024 here: https://go.rutgers.edu/ow4wvxes

March 1 - May 15, 2024

Everyone is invited to join the 2024 Personal Bioblitz starting March 1 by exploring and reporting any wild or naturalized organisms you see in your everyday life. We are doing this for the 11th year and it is not too late to join in for the first time.  It is easy and fun! 

Find out more and sign up for free here:

2024 Project Webpage: http://tinyurl.com/PBinfo2024
About the Personal Bioblitz: http://tinyurl.com/RUPBabout 

March 4, 2024 - submission deadline
March 23, 2023 - as part of Rutgers Junior Animal Science Symposium event

The informational flyer and online entry form for the Ninth Annual 4-H Animal Science Video Contest and Film Festival are available at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/animals/film-festival.  

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/or swine to enter in the 4-H Animal Science Video Contest.  Youth must upload their video and media release(s) by the end of March 4 (see website for details).  The videos will then be shared at the film festival in the Round House of the Rutgers Cook Campus Farm during an afternoon session of the Junior Animal Science Symposium on Saturday, March 23.  

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.  A tip sheet and a description of the judging criteria are both available on the website, along with the top scoring videos from prior years. Youth are encouraged to have fun and be creative in designing their video entries!

Details are available on our website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/animals/film-festival

Friday, March 8th, 2024, 6-8 pm (register by March 7!)
at Somerset County 4-H or on Zoom

Grades 7-13

International Women's Day meets National Agriculture Month. Come and celebrate International Women's Day and National Agriculture Month as you engage with local women working in agriculture. This free event is open to all youth grades 7th-13th. This is a hybrid event, so join via Zoom or in person at the Somerset County 4-H Center. Come ready to learn and explore careers you've never had the opportunity to hear about! Registration closes March 7th.

Register here: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8di7BwhncPJoyYm?fbclid=IwAR2yefV3igFpInG0FDikFM4WOEukbHVN4gHW-Dk9lrMoqb_WRTKjBh62Chs

National 4-H trip: Citizenship Washington Focus

March 8, 2024 - deadline to apply
Event dates: June 20-27, 2024
Grades 9-12

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is National 4-H Council’s premier leadership and civic engagement experience held each summer in the Washington, DC area. It is a week-long event (Thursday - Thursday) for 4-H members in grades 9-12 (14-19 years old). The program is based on the principle that democracy requires skills and strategies that must be learned and practiced, and it teaches participants to be active, responsible citizens and leaders. The program utilizes Washington, DC as a working classroom to learn about the government, citizenship and civic engagement and provides hands-on opportunities for our teens to promote “Better Citizens Today, Better Leaders Tomorrow."

Please contact the office to discuss your application and see more details here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rPlAyPQLlL2qw8QVR9E3lJDQK-5LkEIk/view?usp=drive_link

Applications are due by March 8 and the form can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HKY2wRB5o51jPstP_r7RukZL8ffzhCa5/view?usp=drive_link
Please send your application form to Britt at bw387@njaes.rutgers.edu on or before March 8.

March 13, 2024 at 7pm on Zoom
Open to all

Join Massachusetts' 4-H Carrer Exploration session by the Nutrition Education Program Director and learn all about the job of a Dietitian. It's not just good food, it's science based.

Register to receive the zoom link: https://bit.ly/4-HCES3-13-24

April 6, 2024 - register by March 29
Open to all 4-H members (K-13)

The 2024 NJ State 4-H Foods Day will be held on April 6 at the Ted Blum 4-H Center in Bridgewater. We have a fun morning of programming for Cloverbuds (grades K-3) and an exciting full day of workshops and competitions for the standard 4-H members (grades 4-13). The event is free and open to all registered 4-H members. 

Registeration required by March 29!  
A confirmation email with more information will be sent upon registration. Send all questions to hb479@njaes.rutgers.edu

Link to 2024 NJ State 4-H Foods Day Flyer

April 12, 2024 

This event is hosted by Ocean County and was rescheduled from its original January date to Friday, April 12th at the Ocean County 4-H Office in Toms River. Event is open to all NJ 4-H members who are interested in learning all about basic care, health concerns, housing and more of rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and chinchillas. Registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/3hy32r9m. If you have questions contact Denise at 732-349-1227 or dgerhauser@co.ocean.nj.us. Event prices is $5 per person and optional $2.50 per slice of pizza. 

Rutgers Junior Animal Science Symposium

March 23, 2024 

Save the Date! Rutgers Junior Animal Science Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the Cook Campus Farm, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Event includes hands-on workshops in equine, swine, sheep and goat, cattle, poultry, beekeeping, rabbit, cavy, small animals and an animal science video contest. Registration information to follow.  Contact amelia.valente@njaes.rutgers.edu for questions.

April 19-24, 2024 - Event Dates
Grades 10-12 

It is time to start planning for the 2024 National 4-H Conference scheduled for Friday, April 19 - Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

National 4-H Conference is hosted by NIFA/USDA. The purpose of the conference is to bring together youth and adults to help with strategic planning for the 4- H program nationally. The event is attended by approximately 250 young people from nearly all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Participants work in committees to identify issues and ideas that become part of a strategic plan for 4-H. 

State delegates also develop a state plan and are expected to implement the plan during the upcoming 4-H year. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to visit Congressional Representatives during the event.  New Jersey sends six (6) 4-H members to National 4-H Conference. All interested 4-H members must complete an application form and participate in a group and individual interview at the state level. Potential delegates must be in the 10-12 grades as of September 2023 and between 15 and 19 years old (as of January 1, 2024).

Registration was due to the 4-H office on December 4, 2023.
More information can be found here: https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/leadership/nat4hconference/ 

Rutgers Day

April 27, 2024

Mark Your Calendar: Rutgers Day is set for Saturday, April 27, 2024, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on the Busch Campus in Piscataway and the College Avenue and Cook/Douglass campuses in New Brunswick. Get ready for the ultimate celebration of everything Rutgers!

Learn More About Rutgers Day here: https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/rutgers-day

Open - register now
4-H members in grades 4+

Registration open for both:

Our 74th summer at L.G. Cook 4-H Camp, New Jersey 4-H’s overnight summer camp in beautiful Stokes State Forest. Join our caring, tech-free community for a one-week sleepaway session in July or our BIG 18 day session in August … AND …

Our 2nd summer at 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens, our brand-new day camp program combining the social-emotional learning of 4-H Camp’s friendly, communal experience with the educational opportunities of Rutgers Gardens.
Watch this video to find out more about the Rutgers Gardens 4-H Summer Day Camp: https://youtu.be/wsDQm2DcHO8?si=62qmBT4ejHmWzbMt

Sign-up for either or both before December 31st to take advantage of our Early “Polar Bear” Registration Period. The 4-H discount is available to all 4-H members. More details and online registration at nj4hcamp.rutgers.edu! Call 973-948-3550 to reach the Camp Office with any and all questions.

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

Find out more about the many ways to get involved and support 4-H on our "Support 4-H Page". Or click on the button below and make a tax-deductible donation to the Morris County 4-H Association. Don't forget to write your name or that of your organization in the comments so we know who to thank! We appreciate your support!