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State 4-H Events

New Jersey 4-H state events are organized around the curriculum areas listed below. Each area contains descriptions of the educational programming offered and the types of activities youth might participate in.

Animal Science

The 4-H animal science programs provide a wide variety and depth of educational opportunities for youth from every corner of New Jersey. Most of the programs involve working directly with live animals of all types. Some of the most popular animals in this program area include dogs, cows, goats, horses, pigs, rabbits, and sheep.

Take a closer look at the many opportunities waiting for you in the 4-H animal science programs:

These projects teach:

  1. responsible care and well-being of animals
  2. life skills, such as decision-making and communication skills, through judging events and oral presentations
  3. awareness of the practices in animal agriculture
  4. the safe and appropriate uses of animal products
  5. scientific principles

The 4-H animal science programs allow youth to practice and demonstrate what they learn at numerous supporting activities, such as fairs, judging contests, shows, educational bowls, and presentation contests.

NJ State 4-H Public Presentations

State 4-H Public Presentations are held in June of each year at the Cook/Douglass campus at Rutgers University. 4-H members enrolled in grades 8-13 during the current 4-H year and who receive a score of excellent on a county presentation are eligible to attend. The event provides an opportunity for 4-H members to compete with their public presentations on the state level with 4-H members from around New Jersey.

Participants are assigned to rooms. Audience members will watch 4-H'ers speak on a wide variety of topics. The judging is done by 4-H Alumni, educators, and 4-H volunteers. The judging is based on the Danish system of judging. Each participant will receive a ribbon and the top presentation in each room will receive an Outstanding Presenter Award.

NJ State 4-H Equine Presentation Contest

The New Jersey 4-H Equine Presentations Project is a project area that is beneficial to the total 4-H Horse Program. By learning to give presentations and demonstrations, 4-H'ers gain self-confidence and speaking abilities that are valuable in life situations such as school, the work place and the community.

Participation in the Equine Presentation Project helps youth develop skills in research, organization and public speaking. Ideas, interests and talents are shared with peers. Club members also learn about working with others when giving a "Team Presentation".
There are three ways to participate in the Equine Presentation Project.
    
  1. Team Demonstration/Presentation - This is a team activity, where a team consists of two (2) 4-H Horse, Horse Science or Model Horse Club Members. Team members give a demonstration or illustrated talk on a horse related topic. (A demonstration is preferred on the National level.)

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  3. Individual Demonstration/Presentation - This is an individual activity, where one (1) 4-H Horse, Horse Science or Model Horse Club Member gives a demonstration or illustrated talk on a horse related topic. (A demonstration is preferred on the National Level.)

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  5. Public Speaking - This is an individual activity, where one (1) 4-H Horse, Horse Science or Model Horse Club Member gives a talk (no props used) on a horse related topic.

NJ State 4-H Double Dutch Contest

Each spring, 4-H members take jumping rope to a new level exhibiting phenomenal artistic and acrobatic skills at the Double Dutch Contest. Double Dutch is a skip rope activity in which two ropes are turned in an eggbeater fashion by two rope turners, while one or two people rhythmically jump between the simultaneously twirling ropes.

For more information about the State 4-H Double Dutch Contest, contact:

Jeannette Rea-Keywood, County 4-H Agent
4-H Center
291 Morton Avenue
Millville, NJ 08332
Phone: 856/451-2800
Fax: 856/451-4206

For more information on New Jersey 4-H Programs and Events