Union County students can join 4-H clubs to explore the arts, technology, sports, civics and more – County of Union

The Union County 4-H Program encourages students in grades 1-12 to explore their interests and share their knowledge.

Union County 4-H clubs are gearing up for a new season, and students in grades 1-12 are invited to join in the fun. Students and their families are invited to attend the 4-H Club Open House on Friday, September 23 to meet this year’s 4-H club leaders and learn more about the themes for the 2022-2023 school year. The event includes food, activities and more.

“The 4-H program encourages students to become experts on their favorite subjects and share their knowledge with the community. It is a unique opportunity for leadership and hands-on learning,” said County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “The Board of Commissioners is very proud to support the 4-H program in Union County.”

Students and parents who are interested in attending the 4-H Open House should pre-register by contacting Union County 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz via email at [email protected]

The Open House will be held at the Union County Trailside Nature and Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, from 6:39 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday evening, September 23.

Students may enroll in a maximum of 2 clubs per year. There is a fee to join each class that varies depending on the activity.

This year’s club roster includes Archery, Cooking, Engineering, Gardening, LEGO Robotics, Crafts, Outdoor Exploration, Civic Service and Sewing. 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.

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For the 2022-2023 school year, the full list of clubs and their age ranges are as follows:

• Archery club, grades 4 and up

• Cooking Club, grades 4 and up

• Engineering Club, grades 4 – 5

• Garden Club, grades 4 and up

• LEGO Robotics Club with LEGO Robotics MindStorms kits, grades 5 and 6

• Craft Club, grades 4 and up

• Outdoor Club, grades 5-9

• 4-H Service Club, grades 8-12

• Sewing Club, grades 6 and up

• 4-H Club to explore different skills and hobbies, grades 1-3

Union County 4-H is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 4-H program. The largest youth development program in the country, 4-H began as a way to encourage youth in rural communities to learn about new innovative agricultural practices. The focus on innovation and leadership continues to this day, through age-appropriate themes and activities.

In Union County, 4-H is run by the Union County Rutgers Cooperative Extension as part of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. It is supported in part by the Union County Board of Commissioners, with offices at the Union County 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 about 4-H in New Jersey is available at nj4h.rutgers.edu.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccinations, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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For all Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org, call the Public Information Line, 877-424-1234, email [email protected], or use the online Contact Form.

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