Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

What is 4-H? 

4-H is an informal, practical educational program for youth.  It is the youth development program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the off-campus division of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station of Rutgers University. 4-H is where there's fun in learning and learning is fun!

4-H is the Youth Development program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. There are a variety of 4-H programs provided by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County.

Clubs are the foundation of the 4-H program. 4-H has no membership registration fee.  Uniforms are not required.  A 4-H club is a group of five or more youngsters guided by one or more adult volunteer leaders. A club can be any size - from a small group of kids from one neighborhood to a larger club consisting of youth from all over the county.  A 4-H Club usually concentrates on one or more projects such as gardening, woodworking, small animals, food and nutrition, karate, photography, etc.  4-H members build leadership by electing officers and conducting their own business meetings; work together on community service activities; meet new friends; and most important, have lots of fun.  Click on the link below to see the clubs currently offered in Monmouth County.

4-H Youth-Led Solutions to Real World Problems 


Matthew Newman

4-H County Agent

Virginia Krzyzanowski

4-H Program Associate

Amelia Valente

4-H Program

Claudia Lammers


 4-H reaches youth through a variety of methods:

  • Organized Clubs
  • School Enrichment Programs
  • After School 4-H Clubs
  • Special Interest/Short Term Programs
  • Camping Programs
  • Trainings

There are no fees for participation in 4-H. 4-H Youth Development programs are offered to all youth grades K-13, without regard to race, sex, disability or handicap,color, national origin, religion, or age.

Funding and support are provided by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; U.S. Department of Agriculture and County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

4-H clubs consist of CLOVERBUD CLUBS (grades K-3) and STANDARD 4-H CLUBS (grades 4-13). Some clubs involve CLOVERBUD and STANDARD 4-H club level members.

Some 4-H clubs are SPECIFIC SUBJECT clubs in which each club primarily covers a specific activity area (e.g. - horse club, rabbit club, rocketry club, etc...)  Other 4-H clubs are VARIETY SUBJECT clubs in which each club introduces 4-H'ers to many different activity areas such as crafts, animal science, nature study, etc. Youth can pursue individual subjects that they are interested in - there does not have to be a club named for that activity. 

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