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Ocean County 4-H Club Program

The 4-H club program is the foundation of Ocean County 4-H! Through regular meetings and activities, a club provides youth with a welcoming environment in which to learn, grow, and make lifelong friends. Ocean County 4-H clubs meet at least nine times a year, and are lead by two dedicated, knowledgeable, and trained adult leaders.

A 4-H club meeting usually includes fun activities, educational opportunities, and a business meeting, during which the club's members direct the future activities of the club. This emphasis on developing youth in leadership roles is an integral part of 4-H and probably why 4-H alumni include so many former U.S. Presidents and community leaders!

Most of the current Ocean County 4-H clubs explore a particular project area, such as animals, science or arts. If you do not see your preferred project area listed, please contact the Ocean County 4-H Office. We are eager to work with you to find the right club, or to start a brand new one!

Current Ocean County 4-H Clubs: Animal Project Areas

Dog Clubs – Youth in Grades 4 - 13

Learn all you need to know to properly train and care for the pet or working dogs you love.

D.O.G.: Dog Obedience & Grooming Toms River Leader: Cheryl
Puppy Power: Seeing Eye Dog Training Toms River For more information:


Horse Clubs – Youth in Grades K - 13

Our horse clubs explore the joys and challenges of studying, riding and caring for horses.

For more information: Ocean County Horse Program

A Bit of Class Little Egg Harbor Leader: Erica
Barn Brats New Egypt Leader: Mary Kay
Cross Street Riders Barnegat Leader: Kym
Horse Sense Barnegat Leader: Marilyn
Jackson's Mane Attraction Jackson Leader: Gail M.

Horse Science Groups – Youth in Grades 4 - 13

These teams pursue a more in-depth knowledge of horse physiology and care. Study culminates in state and national level competitions. You do not need to own a horse to make the most of these teams! Just bring a love of horses.

Horse Science Study Group Barnegat Leader: Marilyn
Horse Science Club Toms River/Stafford Leader: Gail M.

Livestock Clubs – Youth in Grades K-13

Have you ever milked a goat? Or groomed a cow? Livestock clubs are dedicated to working with goats, pigs, and other large livestock.

Udder Chaos Toms River Leader: Carol

Poultry Clubs – Youth in Grades K - 13

Poultry clubs are a great way to learn about raising, showing, and caring for chickens, ducks, geese and others!

Fine Feathered Friends Toms River Leader: Teresa
Shore Poultry Toms River Leader: Heidi
Wise Quackers Lacey Leader: Kim

Small Animal Clubs – Youth in Grades K - 13

Whether your small animal has fur, scales or skin, we have a club learning about their unique qualities and needs.

Critter Craze Toms River Leader: Lynn
Noah's Ark Pet Pals Point Pleasant Leader: Laura
Shore to Hop: Rabbit Hopping Toms River Leader: Lynn
Upscale Reptiles: Herpetology Toms River Leader: Carol

General Animal Science – Youth in Grades K-13

Clubs open to all animal lovers!

4-H Saddle Club Jackson Leader: Louise

Current Ocean County 4-H Clubs: Arts and Science Project Areas

Messy Makers: Baking & Cooking – Youth in Grades 4 - 13

Do you want to learn how to make your favorite dish from scratch? Join Messy Makers!

Toms River Leader: Deb

Fantastic 4-Hers: Sewing, Crafts & Cooking – Youth in Grades 4 - 13

Toms River Leader: Karen

Peas in a Pod – Youth in Grades 4 - 13

Come learn all about gardening and the environment. Happy planting!

Manahawkin Leader: Sue

Current Ocean County 4-H Clubs: Sports and Leadership Project Areas

Bow Benders: Shooting Sports – Youth in Grades 4 - 13

Come gain the skills, discipline and knowledge necessary to enjoy shooting sports, including archery.

Toms River/ Jackson Leaders: Frank & Craig

Dirt Devils: ATV Riding and Safety– Youth in Grades 8 - 13

Strap on your helmet and come ride the trails with the Dirt Devils!

Toms River Leaders: The Silvestri Family


Ocean County 4-H Teen Council– Youth in Grades 8 - 13

A youth-led group dedicated to cultivating leadership skills and dedication to community service.

Toms River Leader: Tamara

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Policy of Inclusion: All 4-H Youth Development programs are offered to all youth, kindergarten through grade 13, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or handicap, on an age appropriate basis.

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