Upcoming Events

Morris County 4-H Events:

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. 

March 25, 2023 @ 10am

Grades 6-8

Please join us at CCM's Criminal Justice Department for a hands-on workshop at their Crime Scene Lab. Open to 20 students in greades 6-8.

*Registration is full.

Registration: April 1 (Event dates: April 22-23)

Grades 8-13

You are invited to participate in the 12th annual North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference. We are excited to bring this conference back in 2023! The conference is planned and run through a partnership of 4-H teens and adults. 

Date and Time: Saturday, April 22nd at 10:00 AM until Sunday, April 23rd at 12:00 PM 

Location: LG Cook 4-H Camp (Info at: https://nj4hcamp.rutgers.edu and https://youtu.be/0yLUDyykKU4

Who Can Attend: Active 4-H members in grades 8-13 

Cost: $160 for participants (covers cost of camp, meals and snacks, program materials, t-shirt etc.) Please make checks out to "Morris County 4-H Association" and mail to the 4-H office at P.O. Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963-0900.

To Register: Complete this online Registration Form by April 1, 2023 (strict deadline) 

What is the North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference (NJTC): This conference focuses on helping teens learn and practice life skills such as leadership, communication, service, and teamwork. The conference environment promotes inclusivity, belonging and independence. Hands-on workshops on a wide range of topics will emphasize the educational side of NTJC, and group programs will include fun, interactive and hands-on activities. 

For more details see the information and registration form:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A-2Eye7QdfVdmf_OaeUTyEwSDJ0o5-4p/view?usp=share_link

May 6, 2023 (Public Presentation Workshop on February 7)

Grades K-13

All 4-H members are invited to give a short presentation at this event. It will be held at CCM on Saturday, May 6 at 2pm. Everyone will receive a ribbon and helpful tips for possible improvements.

Public presentations are a big part of the 4-H experience. The topic can be on pretty much ANYTHING you are passionate about (4-H appropriate, of course). It could be something you already did for school or somewhere else, 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. All members are encouraged to give a presentation either in their club or at this county Public Presentation Day. Teens who receive a blue ribbon or Excellent for their presentation at this event will qualify to participate at the State Public Presentations. Types of presentations are:

The required length of the presentation depends on the age of the 4-H member and level of event. (Minimum time: 5 minutes, Maximum time: 15 minutes, Cloverbud time: 3-7 minutes, County level: 5-15 minutes, State level: 8-15 minutes)

All presentations are done in a safe and friendly environment with lots of encouraging help to improve, following the 4-H motto "To Make the Best Better".

Here is a Morris County 4-H video with tips for a successful presentation plus a NJ 4-H document with helpful details.

Registration will be available soon.

July 20-23, 2023 (Family setup weekend: July 15+16)

Save the date! Plan your vacation around this special event. All 4-H members, families, clubs, friends, ... are invited to help make it a success.

Volunteer, enter your 4-H projects and animals, have fun!
Stay tuned for more details.

Other 4-H Events and More:

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

Register by March 25, 2023 (Event date: April 1)

Grades K-13

Get ready for a fun and exciting day that's all about food. Join other food enthusiasts in grades K-13 at the Somerset 4-H center on April 1. There will be workshops and competitions for junior and senior chefs. 

Fill out the registration form by March 25.

See the flyer for more details and links.

4-H Animal Science Video Contest / Film Festival

Film Festival: March 25

This event is open to ALL New Jersey 4-H alpaca, cat, cattle (beef/dairy), dog, goat, herpetology, horse, llama, poultry, sheep, small animal and swine projects youth members, adult volunteers and parents. Contest is sponsored by New Jersey 4-H, in cooperation with the New Jersey Junior Breeder Symposium.

Youth may work individually or as a team to create short educational videos (3:30 minutes or less) about any of the animal projects listed above. A selection of videos will then be shared at the film festival during an afternoon session of the Junior Breeder Symposium on Saturday, March 25.  Youth of the top scoring videos will receive awards, including gift cards. Additional information available at: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/animals/film-festival.
Video submissions were due on March 6.

March 25, 2023

The Rutgers Junior Breeder Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 8:30 am - 3 pm, at the Georger H. Cook Campus of Rutgers University. This symposium is not just for breeders, but for any youth or adult who would like to come learn!  Hands-on workshops in Equine, Large Ruminant (Cattle), Small Ruminant (Sheep & Goat), Swine, Poultry, Rabbit, Cavy (Guinea Pig), Small Animals, and Beekeeping! This event is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Junior Breeder program in cooperation with Rutgers Cooperative Extension faculty and staff. 

More details and flyer are available here: https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/animals/junior-breeder/ 

To register fill out this form: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5Ayv9RbS0yu0uou

Hawkeye Archers First Annual Indoor Championship

March 26, 2023

Sunday, March 26, Qualifying will start at 9 a.m. to determine the ranking of the shooters.

Tournament open to all 4-H archers, as well as 4-H certified instructors.

Five classes available:

- Junior Individual

- Senior

- Individual

- Junior Team

- Senior Team

- Instructor

$20 per archer per division. Food & Beverages available for purchase.

The event will be held at the Ted Blum 4-H Center at 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807

For more information contact Erik at hawkeyearchers4hclub@gmail.com 

NJ 4-H Legislative Leadership Experience

March 30, April 18, April 25

Grades 9-12

The Legislative Leadership Experience will be two one-hour zoom meetings and an in-person experience at the State Capitol in Trenton, including a tour of the State House. 

The goals of the program are to teach youth the lawmaking process in New Jersey and to build awareness of proposed agricultural and environmental bills that are currently in the Senate and Assembly.  During this program participants will practice leadership, communication, and debate skills, and become more equipped to practice active citizenship. 

Sign up to get the registration information: https://go.rutgers.edu/ktkh6po6

Gladys “Beth” Pool Memorial Scholarship available

Applications due by: April 1

Grade 12

Any high school senior who has participated in New Jersey 4-H and is interested in pursuing a career in agriculture is eligible for this $1000 Scholarship. Students interested must submit the completed application along with an essay on how agriculture “feeds your soul” and a letter of recommendation from a 4-H Leader. The application, essay and letter are due by April 1st. The Scholarship winner will be selected and notified by April 30th. Applications can be emailed to traced444@gmail.com 

April 8

Grades 4-13

The Atlantic County 4-H Horse Council and Atlantic County 4-H Equine Rescue Horse Club is inviting all 4-H members to their 4-H Model Horse Project Clinic on April 8, 2023 at 1-5 p.m. at the David C. Wood 4-H Center  (3210 Route 50, Mays Landing, NJ 08330). Clinicians Jillian Tozer and Tammy Tozer will share their knowledge of model horses: ♦ Prepping ♦ Proper Tack ♦ Customizing ♦ Showing. And Much More!

For registration and information, contact: Joe Morgan at j.filamenthead@att.net and see the flyer:

April 13, 27, May 11, 25

Join a team of teen leaders from New Jersey who want to make a difference in their communities and are passionate about the environment, gardening, and teaching others about the importance of pollinators. This program is open to youth in grades 8-13 (first year out of high school).

Ambassador program offers 6 training hours on topics related to pollinators, native plants, garden maintenance, establishing habitats, beekeeping, identifying insects, and more. Trainings are offered Thursdays over Zoom.

Learn more about the program here: https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/pollinator-habitat-ambassadors/

Dates for Zoom training sessions, 6:30-8 p.m. on Zoom: April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25

Sign Up Here: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4YDurrnfY1vwGpM

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/.

Ocean County 4-H Clover Lego Challenge

April 23

Sunday, April 23, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Ocean County Agricultural Building in Toms River

Open to all NJ 4-H members!   

Building Groups:

- Cloverbud (Non-competitive)

- Junior (Grades 4-8)

- Senior (Grades 9-13)

$5 for pizza (Lunch will be from 12:30 - 1p.m.) A bake sale will also be offered.

Free event but participants are asked to bring a non-perishable item for a local food pantry. 

For more information contact Denise at dgerhauser@co.ocean.nj.us and 732-349-1227

April 29

Rutgers Day is set for Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 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!

For more information and details visit: https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/rutgers-day

June 25-30, 2023 

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 (Sunday - Friday) 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."

The New Jersey delegates (about 20) will travel by coach bus for the week and will experience all that Washington, DC has to offer. We will join approximately 250 4-H members representing a variety of states.

During the CWF program week, delegates will:

The cost for the week is $1400, which includes registration, lodging, transportation, all activities, and most meals. There are scholarships available to help with the cost. Participants may only attend this event one time during their 4-H career. All interested 4-H members must be in grades 9-12 at the time of application and must go through a local selection process. For further information about the application process please contact the 4-H office at morris4h@njaes.rutgers.edu or  973-285-8301. Applications were due by March 20.

Registration is open!

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: https://nj4hcamp.rutgers.edu/

August 26

The State 4-H Goat Show is moving to the Saturday of the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. Mark your calendar - it will be Saturday, August 26!

For general information about the NJ 4-H Goat Show visit: https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/goats/goatshow/

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