February 13, 2017

News Release

For Immediate Release

EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media may contact Jeannette Rea-Keywood, Rutgers 4‑H Youth Development by phone at 609-827-0199 or by email at reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.

State 4-H Animal Educational Symposium Set for February 25

Nearly 75 4‑H members and volunteers representing nine counties (Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean, Salem and Somerset) will attend the State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium scheduled for Saturday, February 25 in Clayton (Gloucester County), New Jersey.

"The State 4‑H Small Animal Educational Symposium is an annual event, now in its fourth year, that offers a venue for 4‑H members to advance their knowledge and skills in topics related to poultry, reptiles, small animals, cavy and rabbits. In addition, the event provides a venue to compete at an advanced level and meet other 4-H members from around the state," says Jeannette Rea Keywood, New Jersey 4‑H Youth Development Program - Small Animal Project Advisory Council liaison.

The State 4‑H Small Animal Educational Symposium will provide an opportunity for 4‑H members, leaders and parents to participate in a variety of educational and competitive events. Activities and events to be held at the symposium will include: 4‑H Rabbit Hopping Exhibition and the 4-H Small Animal Project Art Show. Workshops to be offered during the event include: poultry health checks, anatomy, and breed identification workshops; rabbit disease management, breed identification, care, and standards of perfection workshops; writing for judges workshop; reptile workshop, small animal judging workshop; show ethics workshop; rabbit & cavy showmanship workshop; and a workshop on egg preparation and nutrition. The State 4‑H Small Animal Educational Symposium is hosted by the State 4‑H Small Animal Project Advisory Council.

The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K–13(one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the New Jersey 4‑H Program visit the website at: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu. Like us on Facebook: New Jersey 4-H

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Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an qual opportunity program provider and employer.

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