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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. New clubs will continue to be added.

Young Researchers: A Youth Club on Writing and Publication

Have you ever thought to publish your own writing? In partnership with John Wiley, and Son. youth are invited to learn about the process of publishing, careers in publishing and will work on a team to publish their own product! Youth researchers will walk through the author journey to create content that will be published online by global publishing powerhouse, John Wiley, and Son. Friends, family, teachers, and the public will be able to view their published work live online. Youth will learn about academic research publishing and tips to spot the difference between “Fake News” and valid research. Youth will also have a chance to share some of their pre-written work to learn to improve their work for publication. This program is open to all teens interested in scientific research, publishing, and writing! Sessions will run weekly on Thursdays at 3:30 starting March 25 and ending April 22.

Young Researchers: A Youth Club on Writing and Publication registration link


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Great 4‑H Imagineering Experience

Have you ever wondered how the Magic of Disney is created? Wonder no more as you explore Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative engine behind the design of Disney theme parks, resorts, and attractions. Learn how storytelling and theme impact every detail and decision of the design process then use your imagination to create your own theme park! What story will you tell? This club is geared for youth grades 6–12. Sessions will run on Tuesdays from March 16 through April 20 from 7:00–8:30 pm.

Great 4‑H Imagineering Experience registration link


Understanding Food Allergies: Learn to Bake Allergen-Free! Workshop Series

Over the course of four, one-hour workshops via Zoom, participants will learn what food allergies are, why allergic reactions occur, and how they can keep friends with food allergies safe, all while engaging in a hands-on baking experience! Each week, through an interactive presentation that features polls, questions, word clouds, and more, youth will be provided with an introduction to food allergies, and they will also have the opportunity to learn how to prepare (in the microwave), a quick, allergen-free dessert, with recipes created by Kristin Osika, a current Morris County 4‑H’er who has published her own allergen-free dessert cookbook! Open to 5th grade and up. Sessions will be held on Fridays, 6:30–7:30 PM starting on March 19 through April 9.

Understanding Food Allergies: Learn to Bake Allergen-Free! registration link


Bee-ginners 4-H STEP

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Looking forward to spring and warm weather again! We are too! Join our Bee-ginners 4‑H STEP club and learn about how you can help the bees when they will start to be out and about this spring. Even if you can’t keep bees, it’s good to know how to help them! We’ll cover how to tell the difference between the more common bee-looking insects you’ll see in your yard and how to help these pollinating miracles. Thinking of keeping bees? We’ll cover that too! Open to youth grades Sessions will run on Mondays from 4–5 pm starting March 8 through April 26.

Bee-ginners 4‑H STEP Club registration link


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Finer Things Book Club

Join us on the 4th Thursday of the month to discuss the book of the month. We'll talk about our favorite parts, lessons learned, and more. This month we'll meet on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 PM to talk about the book, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, a heartwarming and inspiring book about what it means to be a teenage girl, and the importance of standing together. Check out your local library for a copy and join us for the March meeting -- and help us choose our book for next month! This group is for youth in grades 8–13.

Finer Things Book Club registration link


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STEP Club - Money Matters: Reducing Your Risk

Youth will learn to identify some of the most common money mistakes people make and understand why people fall prey to financial issues. Teens will start forming good financial habits now so that that they can reduce risks in the future, such as avoiding scams and fraud, identity theft, predatory lending, and bankruptcy. The club is geared towards youth in grades 8–12. Sessions will meet on Tuesdays from 3:00–4:00 pm from March 2–30, 2021.

Money Matters: Reducing Your Risk registration link


Bridge to 4‑H

If you are a registered 4‑H member in New Jersey and are looking for a monthly online 4‑H Club experience, join Bridge to 4‑H! This is a life skills, healthy living, and leadership club. Maybe your regular 4‑H club in on hiatus, or you want to meet 4‑Hers across the state. Youth will learn financial literacy and resume-building skills, share recipes and activities to get moving, play interactive games, meet youth from across New Jersey, and so much more. For 4‑H members in grades 4–13. Sessions will run on Thursday's from 7:00-8:00pm (Dec 17, Jan 21, Feb 18, and March 18).

Bridge to 4-H registration link


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Travel Bug STEP Club

We may not be able to travel right now, but we can still take a trip to some faraway lands to learn about what it's like to visit some beautiful countries. Join us each week as we embark on adventures to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland and England, Belgium, Italy, Belize, and Chile. This program is open to youth in grades 7–9. Sessions will be held on Thursday afternoons from 4:00–5:30 pm from April 1–29, 2021.

Travel Bug STEP Club registration link


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Bird Nerds

Looking to spend more time exploring the outdoors, learning about the natural world around you, AND enjoying some 4-H fun? Youth grades 4&6 are invited to join the BIRD NERDS 4-H STEP CLUB! Share six weeks of exploring the fascinating world of birds. Activities will include backyard bird Identification, scavenger hunts, nature themed arts & crafts, exotic feeder and nesting camera observation, DIY bird feeder creations, get to know raptors, and how dinosaurs & birds are related. Sessions will be 6:30-7:30 pm, Wednesdays, March 17–April 21

Bird Nerds registration link


Globetasters 5:   30 Minute Meal Mondays

Join us for Globe Tasters 4-H Cultural Cuisine S.T.E.P. Club—Session 5. You can cook right along with us or watch and make later. This program is for youth in grades 4–13. Sessions will run on Mondays, 4–5:30pm starting March 1 thru April 19.

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Creative Creations 4‑H STEP Club

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Join youth from across the state for Creative Creations 4‑H STEP club! The focus of this club will be on creatively chasing away the winter blues by cooking, crafting, and upcycling. Projects include Valentine cupcakes and cards, origami, upcycled can owls and terrariums and much more! This program is open to all 4‑H'ers in grades 4–13. Sessions will run Thursday afternoons from 4–5pm starting on January 7–March 11.


Globetasters 4: Cooking for Comfort

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Warm your winter bellies with some homemade comfort food, we'll make the recipes a bit healthier. You can cook right along with us or watch and make later. This program is for youth in grades 4–13. Sessions will run on Mondays, 4–5:30pm starting January 4–February 22.


Career Detectives STEP Club: Clean Energy

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Are you a youth member in grades 7–13 who is interested in learning about a future career in clean energy? If so, the Career Detectives S.T.E.P club is for you! Join us for a fun and informative mini-series to learn about how you can accomplish your dream of working in the field of clean energy. Guest speakers from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Stockton University, and the New Jersey Clean Energy Program are excited to connect with you. They will teach you about their careers and provide information about undergraduate degrees. We will be hosting fun trivia throughout the experience as well. Sessions will run January 25–27, 2021 from 7:00–8:30pm.


My Body and Me (4‑H SPIN Club)

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We invite 4‑H junior members (grades 4–6) to join us as we explore the human body. The human body is filled with unique systems and interesting organs that we could simply not live without! Each night, we will cover a specific system of the body and discuss the importance of that system. We will learn about ways to maintain a healthy body while doing interactive and engaging activities along the way. Youth will also have a chance to practice their presentation skills as they will work on a Career Research Assignment throughout the course and present their career at the end of the course. Sessions will run for seven Mondays at 7pm (Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, and Mar 8).


NJ 4‑H Global Food Security Collation

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New Jersey 4‑H is recruiting a team to participate in the World Food Prize Research Project. Youth members will work with a team to develop individual research projects addressing global food security issues. Participants will meet once a week with mentors and peers to prepare their research project. Projects will be presented at the Rutgers University Youth Institute Summit on March 5. During this day-long program, students get to learn about critical global issues, network with local leaders, engage in hands-on-activities, and explore exciting ways to become effective change agents in their own communities, conscientious global citizens, and tomorrow's scientific humanitarian leaders. Sessions will run on Mondays, 7:00–8:00 pm starting January 4–February 1.


NJ 4‑H Life Skills: Money Matters Financial Planning

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Are you ready to increase your financial knowledge? Want to start planning for your finances now and in the future? Understand why credit matters and learn how to create a budget. Register for Money Matters where you will learn about relevant financial skills such as saving, investing, and avoiding debt through interactive surveys, quizzes, and games. Start developing your money management skills now! This program is for youth in grades 8–12. Sessions will run on Wednesday's, 4:00–5:30 pm starting November 18–December 9.


GLOBETASTERS: MAKING MEMORIES Mondays

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Get your chef hats on and we will spend six consecutive Monday's preparing meals as we celebrate holidays from around the world. You can cook right along with us or watch and make later. We'll travel the world learning about different cultures and customs while creating a delicious dish for your family's dinner! This program is for youth in grades 4–13. Sessions will run on Mondays, 4–5:30pm starting November 2 through December 7.


My Pet and Me (4‑H SPIN Club)

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Looking to spend more quality time with your pet(s) AND have some 4‑H fun? 4‑H members grades 4–8 are invited to join the My Pet & Me 4‑H STEP Club! Share six weeks of fun, educational club activities with other 4‑H members and their pets from across New Jersey. Activities will include My Pet Show ‘n Tell, scavenger hunts, Pet Anatomy Bingo, Herpetology 411, Pet Pyramid, Get to Know Your Local Animal Shelter, Homemade Treat & Toy DIY, Do Early Birds Really Get the Worm and Pet Work Outs. Sessions will run for six Wednesdays at 6:00 pm (November 4, 11, 18 and December 2, 9 16; no club meeting November 25).


Junior Explorers: Italy!

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Hey kids! Would you like to meet kids from Italy and learn about their culture? Well then, this is the club for YOU! We’ll be sharing what US kids love to do while learning what Italian kids love as well. This club is open to 15 American youth and 15 Italian youth and will be completely in English. We’ll be making traditional dishes together (a list of ingredients needed will be provided after registration) and covering things like music and dancing, local legends and stories, and our countries’ iconic destinations. Register here if you are up for an adventure to explore another culture and make new friends from around the globe! This program is for youth in grades 5–8. Sessions will run on Mondays and Thursdays from 1–2pm Starting October 19 through November 16.


Fall Fun with 4‑H!

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Youth in grades 2–5 are invited to join us for six consecutive sessions to celebrate the autumn season the 4‑H way! Learn about healthy fall favorites from the farm like apples, pumpkins, and corn, investigate creepy-crawly worms, examine the science behind colorful fall foliage, and discover how you can help save the planet by reusing household items to create your own Frankenstein or Halloween creature!
Each program will be fun and interactive! Fall Fun with 4‑H is limited to 15 youth. We will share information and materials needed prior to each session. Sessions will run on Wednesdays from September 23- October 28 at 3–4pm.


Do you LOVE Dogs? 4‑H STEP Club

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Youth in grades 4–6 Do you LOVE dogs? Going to the dogs is a 4‑H club for kids to learn everything about all different types of dogs! They will learn basic information about dogs, how to train dogs, how to choose the right dog for them and will hear a vet speak about how to care for dogs. We will also ask the members what they want to learn so we can focus on that as well. Participants will take part in fun online activities and games as well as a craft they can do from home and will have a chance to share information about their own dogs with the rest of the group. Don't have a dog but just want to learn more? You're welcome to join! Sessions will run on Tuesdays starting October 6–November 10 at 4:30–5:30pm.


Finding My Arts Spark! STEP Arts Club

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Come find your “Arts Spark” in this STEP Arts Club! In this club, youth in grades 4–8 will be introduced to a variety of arts activities, allowing them to discover their preferred forms of self- expression. Each session will cover a different art form ( acting, visual art, creative writing, etc.) and will actively engage youth in “hands on” artistic activities. Focus is on fun and putting imagination in action! Youth will have the opportunity to share their creations with each other. Sessions are limited to 25 youth, enrolled on a first come, first serve basis. Prior to the beginning of the club, registrants will receive information on any materials needed. Spark your imagination with “Finding My Arts Spark!” Grades 4 through 8 are welcome! Sessions will run on Mondays and Wednesday 3:00–4:00pm on August 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, and 19.


Junior Explorers: Russia!

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Hey kids! Would you like to meet kids from Russia while playing games and learning about their culture? Well then, this is the club for YOU! We’ll be sharing what US kids love to do while learning what Russian kids love as well. This club is open to 15 American youth and 15 Russian youth and will be completely in English. We’ll be making fun snacks (a list of ingredients needed will be provided after registration) and covering things as sports, local legends and stories, our countries’ iconic destinations, and sampling the music of the two countries! Register here if you are up for an adventure to explore another culture and make new friends from around the globe! This program is for youth in grades 5–8. Sessions will run on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am–10am Starting July 13 thru August 10.


Explore 4‑H Fun (4‑H STEP Club)

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Youth in grades 2–5 are invited to join us for four consecutive sessions to learn more about anything and everything—science, art, magic, cooking, games, and more. Each program will be fun and interactive! 4‑H Fun is limited to 15 youth. We will share information and materials needed prior to each session. Sessions will run on Tuesdays in July from 10:00am–11:00am.


Language of Games (4‑H Step Club)

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If you enjoy puzzles and learning new languages, we have the right club for you! Language of Games will offer you fun things to do with Python. Python is a free, easy to download programming language that is a great way to learn about Computer Science. Writing code is the process of telling your computer how to solve problems with step-by-step instructions. This means you have to learn how to speak your computer’s language. Learning the basic of this language will help build the foundation to explore your creativity through Python. The puzzle challenge that you will be participating is called 2048, a math block puzzle game. Register here if you are up to the challenge! This program is best fit for youth in grades 5–8. Sessions will run on Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm–2pm Starting June 30 thru August 6.


Globe Tasters - Monday Meatballs (4‑H Step Club)

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Youth in grades 5–12 are invited to experience cultural cuisine through a 4‑H STEP Club. Get your chef hats on and we will spend six consecutive Monday's making MEATBALLS from around the world. With adult supervision, you can cook right along with us, or watch and make later. We'll travel the world learning about different cultures and customs while creating a delicious dish for your family's dinner! Sessions will run on Mondays from 4pm–5:30pm Starting July 6 thru August 10.


Zoo and Aquarium Career Detectives (4‑H STEP Club)

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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.


Understanding Horse Behavior (4‑H STEP Club)

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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 July 1–August 5.


Explore 4‑H Fun (4‑H STEP Club)

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Young people in grades 2-5 are invited to join us for three consecutive sessions to learn more about science and healthy living 4‑H style. Sessions will be fun and interactive and include learning about worms, composting, exercise, smoothies, and slime! Sessions are limited to 15 youth and information and materials needed will be shared prior to each session. Youth will join the fun online via ZOOM for these one-hour sessions. Sessions will run for three Wednesdays 3:00pm–4:00pm June 3, 10, 17.


Becoming a Healthier and Happier You (4‑H STEP Club)

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Young people in grades 5–8 are invited to join us for three consecutive sessions to learn more about creating a healthier, happier, more confident you! Sessions will include learning to think positively and discovering what makes you unique; creating healthy foods and a 4‑H healthy snack online competition; and interactive and fun exercise session to help you stay healthy and fit at home. Sessions are limited to 25 youth and information and materials needed will be shared prior to each session. Youth will join the fun online via ZOOM for these one-hour sessions. Sessions will run for three Wednesdays @ 3:00pm (June 3, 10, 17 and two additional sessions will be scheduled).


Perfect Pets (4‑H STEP Club)

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We invite young people to join us for a virtual Pet Club! 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. Sessions will run for six Mondays @ 3:00pm (June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27).


Interact with a Scientist (4‑H STEP Club)

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Young people in grades 5–8 are invited to join us for three consecutive sessions to explore a science theme with a real scientist. Sessions are limited to 30 youth to engage in interactive science activities developed from current research projects. Youth will join the fun online via ZOOM for these one-hour sessions.


4‑H Victory Gardeners (4‑H STEP Club)

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Join us for a virtual Short-Term Exploratory Program (STEP). Young people in grades 4–12 are invited to join us for virtual meetings to help grow an at home vegetable garden! Whether in a container, on your windowsill, or in a backyard, youth will learn to grow food from seed to sprout! Each session will be step-by-step, interactive and will include a review of gardening techniques, discussions, and show and tell.
This program is limited to 25 youth and information and materials needed will be shared prior to the first session. Youth are enrolled on a first come first serve basis!
This STEP Club will meet each Wednesday (5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10) from 3–4 p.m. Youth who register are expected to attend all club sessions.


Becoming a Healthier and Happier You (4‑H STEP Club)

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Young people in grades 5–8 are invited to join us for three consecutive sessions to learn more about creating a healthier, happier, more confident you! Sessions will include learning to think positively and discovering what makes you unique; creating healthy foods and a 4‑H healthy snack online competition; and interactive and fun exercise session to help you stay healthy and fit at home. Sessions are limited to 25 youth and information and materials needed will be shared prior to each session. Youth will join the fun online via ZOOM for these one-hour sessions. Sessions will run for three Wednesdays (April 15, 22 and 29) from 3–4 p.m.