The RCE of Morris County physical office is open, however, all in person visitors are required to wear face coverings while in the building. 4-H Youth Development visitors please call or e-mail before coming to the office so we can ensure staff will be onsite to assist you. The staff will also continue to be available remotely to address questions through phone and e-mail.
NJ 4-H Virtual Fair
Entry Deadline: July 31
4-Hers are invited to participate in the NJ 4-H Virtual Fair! The purpose of this event is to showcase the knowledge and skills of our 4-H members, celebrate their achievements, and have fun. There are plenty of Divisions to enter including traditional favorites (Photography, Art, Creative Writing) and NEW Divisions (4-H Spirit, Animal Costume, Digital Storytelling). Don't miss your chance to be part of this unique state-wide experience. Learn more and enter by visiting the NJ 4-H Virtual Fair website.
Virtual Teen Social
Deadline: July 29
Event Date: July 30
This virtual teen social is open to 4-Hers in grades 6-12 and hosted by Somerset County 4-H Teens. Join in the games, discussions, and laid-back hangout opportunity. Visit the Somerset County 4-H website to sign up.
Dessert Cooking Challenge
Deadline: August 3
Chester Library invites Morris County teens in middle and high schools to participate in a cooking challenge. They are looking for the best summer dessert (aren’t we all?). Prizes will be awarded to the best in several categories including most appetizing and most creative. Learn more by visiting the Chester Library website.
Igniting Your Leadership Potential
Starts August 4
Teens in grades 8-13 can further their leadership skills through these online courses. Choose to participate in one or both! Launching Into Leadership will run every Tuesday starting August 4. Inspiring Leadership and Civic Engagement will run every Thursday starting August 6. Learn more by visiting the course website.
4-H from Home
4-H from Home offers interactive lessons on varying topics such as healthy living, STEM, civic engagement, the arts and more. Webinars happen Tuesdays and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. using Zoom video conferencing. Visit 4-H from Home to learn more and sign up for the latest webinars.
4-H STEP Clubs
STEP Clubs are short-term exploratory programs focused on a topic (STEM, Healthy Living, etc.). STEP clubs meet multiple times over the course of several weeks. Club registration is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. Check out the STEP clubs currently being offered.
4-H Service from Home
In 4-H, we pledge our HANDS to larger SERVICE. While at home, we can still fulfill our commitment to service in many ways. The NJ 4-H website shares ideas for individuals and clubs to support their communities. 4-H clubs can also submit their ideas to be shared at the state level. Learn more by visiting the NJ 4-H Service from Home website. http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/4h-from-home/service.asp
4-H Youth Impact Stories
4-H knows that young people are leaders. Not in the future – now! That’s why National 4-H is putting a spotlight on young people who are helping to make life better in the time of COVID-19 – in ways both big and small! Fill out a quick online form to tell National 4-H what you’re doing – or want to do – to help your community. Some stories will be highlighted on the National 4-H Youth voices page periodically.
4-H STEM Blog
Check out the NJ 4-H STEM Blog for some great articles for families covering a wide range of topics including birds, geology, astronomy, and more. Articles provide additional resources and challenges to keep 4-H families engaged in exploring their world while at home.
Food Pantries and Dietary Restrictions
Food pantries need extra support and donations right now to provide basic daily supplies for local families. 4-H member, Kristin, created a video that explains how food pantries support individuals with dietary restrictions. Check out this short video and then contact your local food pantry to see what items you can donate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izMY6XRZsvY
Science Kits to Try at Home
4-H club leader, Dorothy, is offering free science kits you can download online. Each week, Dorothy will share a new kit theme. Available right now are kits focused on bugs, birds, and DNA. Take a look on the North Jersey Homeschool Science Center’s Facebook page.
COVID-19 Time Capsule
We are living history and now is the time for kids (and adults) to document their experiences. Take a look at this kid friendly activity book that serves as a time capsule. Each page prompts the author with questions, fillable spaces, and plenty of coloring. There’s even a page to write a message to your future self. The time capsule is available on the Morris County 4-H website.
Support for Helpers During Coronavirus
The Fred Rogers Center has provided resources to help parents and children understand and cope with current events. Visit the Fred Rogers Center website for ideas on topics such as how to talk to children about coronavirus, how to care for children and yourself, learning with children through play, and much more.https://www.fredrogerscenter.org/what-we-do/child-wellness/coronavirus-response