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 4–13Learn 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||Cheryl|
|Puppy Power: Seeing Eye Dog Training||Toms River||Christine|
Horse Clubs – Youth in Grades K–13Our horse clubs explore the joys and challenges of studying, riding and caring for horses.
For more information: Ocean County Horse Program
|Boots & Britches (Horse study club)||Lacey||Charlotte|
|Jackson's Mane Attraction||Jackson||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 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.
|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!
|Fine Feathered Friends||Toms River||Teresa|
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||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!
|4‑H Saddle Club||Jackson||Louise|
Current Ocean County 4‑H Clubs: Arts and Science Project Areas
Baking & Cooking – Youth in Grades 4–13
Do you want to learn how to make your favorite dish from scratch? Join Messy Makers!
|Messy Makers||Toms River||Georgina|
Sewing, Crafts & Cooking – Youth in Grades 4–13
|Fantastic 4‑Hers||Toms River||Cerity|
|Stitchery Club - Come learn all about cross stitch and basic embroidery.||Toms River||Georgina|
Current Ocean County 4‑H Clubs: Sports and Leadership Project Areas
Shooting Sports – Youth in Grades 4–13
Come gain the skills, discipline and knowledge necessary to enjoy shooting sports, including archery.
|Bow Benders||Toms River/Jackson||Frank & Rick|
ATV Riding and Safety– Youth in Grades 8–13
Strap on your helmet and come ride the trails with the Dirt Devils!
|Dirt Devils||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.
|Teen Council||Toms River||Amelia|
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.