Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station | [Cooperative Extension of Essex County]

4-H Youth Development

The 4-H Clover. Upcoming Events

Youth WaterBotics Workshop, January 17–19

Take Robotics to new depths! This waterbotics workshop has it all; science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, and fun! Register today!

2015 Teen Winter Camp, Feb. 6–8

Winter camp is a place for students to come together for the weekend and partake in all kinds of fun activities. These different activities may include; sleigh riding, ice skating, hiking, team challenges, board games, and more! Students also learn different meal preparations, as well as participate in cleanup. This is a great way to make new friends while having an educational and fun-filled weekend!

2015 Public Presentations, March 20–21

4-H Public Presentations is a cornerstone of the 4-H program which helps achieve the goal of helping youth become more confident and better public speakers.

The Power of YOUth

4-H is the youth development component of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to become competent, caring citizens of the world. Dedicated adult volunteers provide leadership to 4-H clubs and activities.

Essex County 4-H staff and volunteers work together to develop programs which will provide youngsters with opportunities for new experiences and a broader view of life. Under the guidance of caring adult and teen leaders, youth in grades K-13 develop characteristics of leadership and citizenship, improve their skills, become more aware of others and the environment in which they live, and help others through community service. 4-H works with all youth on a grade-appropriate basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Essex County 4-H teens help prepare the garden.

Urban Youth Farm Program

Essex County 4-H is supporting sustainable communities and sustainable commons through our Urban Youth Farm Project (UYFP). Families and youth can join one of three program options including; including the Urban Youth Farm Internship Program, Plant is Forward service Days and Farm Camp. All programs are supported by community collaborators including the Irvington Waris Cultural Community Center, Montclair Community Farms, and the City of Newark. Please contact our office for registration details. Come participate in one o the Urban Youth Farm Programs to learn about food, our earth, and community service!

Urban Youth Internship Program

The Urban Youth Farm Internship Program (UYFIP) is for youth ages 12-18 who are interested in learning about gardening, entrepreneurship and service. Youth participants are asked to complete 50+ hours of service at one of our farm sites in Montclair, Newark, and Irvington. While maintaining and harvesting the garden, youth will be encouraged to try new recipes, will take turns working to sell produce at a farm stand, and will work as a team to locate community members in need to donate fresh produce to.

Farm Camp

The 4-H farm camp supports youth development by promoting a positive interest in nature and encouraging awareness and interest in farming and agriculture.  Our mission is to provide the best camp experience for your children, while also providing a beneficial learning experience about food, our earth and nutrition. Camp runs the last week of June, July and August and is open to youth ages 4-12. Please see the program flyer for more details.

Plant It Forward Service Days

In order to keep our UYFP alive we rely on volunteers to help our gardens grow. Plant it Froward (PIF) service days are set up for youth and community members to dedicate time in one of our garden sites throughout Essex County. PIF projects include sowing seeds, weeding, cleaning the chicken coup, turning the compost, helping to build sustainable structures, beautician of our garden space, and many other projects that are going to get your hands dirty! Please see the PIF flyer for scheduled dates and locations.

Essex County 4-H Clubs

A 4-H club is a group of young people and adult volunteers who meet regularly for fun and learning. Clubs are usually made up of families from a community and often formed around schools, churches or community centers. Most clubs hold monthly meetings attended by members and their parents. Club members elect officers who lead the group and the meetings. An adult club leader advises the officers. The meetings usually last less than two hours. The time is equally divided among club business, recreation and educational programs. A well-organized 4-H club meeting provides opportunities for every member to be involved.

Opportunities for 4-H Teens

What Can You Do?

If you are interested in young people and want to help, you can apply to start a club in your neighborhood, volunteer to assist one of our present clubs, or take the responsibility for one or more of the special 4-H program activities. If you are an adult, and would like to start a new club, contact the 4-H office.

How to Join




For More Information:

Essex County 4-H
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Cooperative Extension of Essex County
162 Washington St.
Newark, NJ 07102-3098

Phone: 973-353-1338, ext. 109