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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.
Club Name Location Leader
D.O.G.: Dog Obedience & Grooming Toms River Cheryl
Puppy Power: Seeing Eye Dog Training Toms River Christine




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
Club Name Location Leader
Boots & Britches (Horse study club) Lacey Charlotte
Cross Street Riders Barnegat Kym
Jackson's Mane Attraction Jackson Gail M.
Saddle Club Jackson Louise




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.

Club Name Location Leader
Horse Science Club Toms River/Stafford 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.

Club Name Location Leader
Udder Chaos Toms River 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!

Club Name Location Leader
Fine Feathered Friends Toms River Teresa
Wise Quackers Lacey 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.

Club Name Location Leader
Critter Craze Toms River April and Lynn
Noah's Ark Pet Pals Point Pleasant Laura
Shore to Hop: Rabbit Hopping Toms River Kim
Upscale Reptiles: Herpetology Toms River Max




General Animal Science – Youth in Grades K–13

Clubs open to all animal lovers!

Club Name Location Leader
4‑H Saddle Club Jackson 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!

Location Leader
Toms River Georgina




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

Location Leader
Toms River Karen




Stitchery Club – Youth in Grades 4–13

Come learn all about cross stitch and basic embroidery.

Location Leader
Toms River Georgina

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.

Location Leader
Toms River/Jackson Frank & Rick




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

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

Location Leader
Toms River Kim & Gina




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.

Location Leader
Toms River Doreen

For more information:


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.