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Union County 4-H Welcomes Students to Explore Arts, Technology, Sports, Civics and More – County of Union, New Jersey

The 4-H program encourages students in grades 1 through 12 to explore their interests and share their knowledge.

Union County 4-H Clubs are gearing up for a new season, and students in grades 1 through 12 are welcome to join in the fun. Students and their families are welcome to attend the 4-H Club Open House on Saturday 25 September to meet this year’s 4-H Club leaders and learn more about the topics students can explore during the 2021-2022 school year.

The 4-H program provides a unique experience of hands-on learning and leadership. It also encourages young people to become experts on topics that interest them and share their knowledge with others,” said Board of Commissioners Chair Alexander Mirabella. “The Board of Commissioners is very proud to support Union County’s 4-H Program.”

The 2021 Open House will be held from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on the grounds of the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Watchung Preserve, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainide. Ample free parking is available on site.

The meeting will be held in the outdoor theater by Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden. 4-H Club leaders will be present to meet parents and learn more about the club and 4-H in general.

To enroll in the 4-H Club or for more information about the program, contact Union County 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz by email at jnichnadowicz@ucnj.org. Students can enroll in a maximum of two clubs per year. There is a fee to join each class which varies by activity.

This year’s roster includes animation, archery, cooking, disc golf, engineering, gardening, LEGO robotics, living history, nature exploration, civil service and tailoring. Students can also join clubs that encourage exploration in multiple areas. Club members meet with an adult leader each month during the school year to plan activities and programs.

For the 2021-2022 school year, the full list of clubs and their age groups is as follows:

  • Anime club 4th grade and above
  • Shooting club from grade 4 and above
  • Coding Club – Grades 4-5
  • Cooking Club from 4th grade and above
  • Disc golf club fifth grade and up
  • Engineering Club 4th-5th grades
  • Gardening club from 4th grade and above
  • LEGO Robotics Club (with LEGO Robotics MindStorms sets), grades 4-5
  • Living History Club 4th grade and above
  • Nature Club for grades 5-9
  • 4-H Service Club for grades 8-12
  • Sewing Club 6th grade and above
  • 1st and 2nd grade club 4-H (activities to explore different skills and hobbies), grades 1-2
  • 3research and development and 4y Diversity Club (various subjects focusing on the environment), grades 3-4
  • 9y within 12y Varied Degree Club (various topics with crafts and cooking), grades 9-12

The National 4-H Program is the largest youth development program in the country. It started as a way to encourage young people in rural communities to learn about innovative new agricultural practices. The focus on innovation and leadership continues to this day, with age-appropriate themes and activities.

The National 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the USDA Extension System. In Union County, 4-H is operated by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County as part of the Rutgers New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station. It is supported in part by the Union District Council of District Commissioners, and has offices in the Union District Complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

For more information on all Union County Extension programs, including 4-H, Master Tree Stewards, and Master Gardeners, visit ucnj.org/rce. More information on 4-H in New Jersey is available at nj4h.rutgers.edu.

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For all Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org, call the General Information Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online contact form.

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