The 4-H Update

Sept 23, 2022

We want your opinion!

Vote for our annual awards by October 7, 2022.

For more information, contact Katherine (

Upcoming Deadlines

Diamond Clover - Due September 30

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program is designed to reach and recognize all youth engaged in 4-H. See the flier here.

Learn more and get your application at

Due to Katherine ( by September 30, 2022.

4-H Fire Safety Event - Sign up by October 7, 2022

When: October 14, 2022

Time: 9 am to noon

Where: 8015 West Center Road, Omaha


Open to all youth!

Questions can be directed to Katherine

Feature of the Week

4-H Project Idea


Photos should capture visual trickery or magic. Trick photography require creative compositions of objects in space and are intended to trick the person viewing the photo. For example, if someone is standing in front of a flower pot, the pot might not be visible in the image, making it look as if the flowers are growing out of the person’s head.

Print exhibits must be 8"x10" printed mounted in 11"x14" (outside size) cut matting with a sandwich mat board backing. Incorrect sizes will not be accepted. No foam board should be used for matting or backing. Mat openings may be rectangular or oval. Photos may be horizontal or vertical. No frames are allowed.

See this area of the fairbook

4-Her of the Week - Korie Kersten

Korie Kersten is pictured with her Champion project from the 2022 Sarpy County Fair Beef show.

The Nebraska 4-H livestock programs offer life-changing opportunities for youth. 4-H members practice life skills, such as responsibility, self-discipline, personal safety, goal setting, and keeping records. The programs aim to develop confident, competent, caring individuals who have good character and are connected to their communities.

Learn more

Submit your 4-Her's prize winning project and picture at

New to the 4-H Program? Learn about our clothing project.

Participants in the clothing category will demonstrate their knowledge through the creation of garments using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) techniques. Through the creation of garments 4-H exhibitors will learn more about clothing and application of STEAM abilities. Five divisions in the clothing category offer a varying level of difficulty for 4-H exhibitors.

Sewing for Fun is for beginning sewers. Some entry ideas for this area are:



CLASS 903* PILLOW No larger than 18” x 18”.






See this area of the fairbook here.

For more info. about the 4-H club program, contact Katherine at

School Enrichment - Embryology

Looking for a fun activity in the classroom? Check out our 4-H Embryology program for youth within grades K-12.

Available sessions include Fall (October 17- November 10) and Winter (February 6- March)

Sign up at:

Or Contact Alaina Kauffman with any questions.

See all of Douglas-Sarpy's School Enrichment & Out-of-School

Recycled Art Workshop

When: November 4, 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Douglas-Sarpy Extension Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha, NE

Cost: Dependent on activities chosen. Each station is either $5 or $10

Ages welcome: 6-18

Registration is due by October 21. Register at

During the workshop, youth will learn about recycling and create their own recycled projects. They will use common materials in creative ways to make a desk organizer, a fabric flower, wall hanging, magazine mosaic, and wreath. There are five stations to choose from. Youth may participate in more than one station, but please don't sign them up for more than three. They have two hours to complete the projects that they then get to take home. Parents/guardians are encouraged to stay during the event to help youth complete the projects. All materials will be provided. To view examples of the projects, visit

Upcoming Events

End of Year Banquet

When: October 18

Where: Sarpy County Fairgrounds

Join us for our annual event!

A light meal will be served. Special awards will be given and premium checks can be picked up.

Watch future newsletters for more information.

4-H Quilt Club

When: Tuesday, October 18*

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Celtic Quilter, 5080 S. 108th Street, Omaha

For more information, contact Club Leader Stephanie at (

*This club usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month.

Explorers of the Deep 4-H STEM Challenge Workshop

When: October 25 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Counties is located at 8015 West Center Road, Omaha.

Cost $10

Grades: 3-8

In this engaging workshop, youth (ages 8 and older) will explore this year's 4-H STEM Challenge kit, Explorers of the Deep. There will be 3 activities in which youth will participate in Explorers of the Deep consists of three activities listed below:

  • Ocean Robot Test Tank is an activity where youth learn how to “ballast” their ocean robot by adding weights to replicate the sinking and floating behavior of a real ocean robot. They will investigate data collected by ocean robots and learn about the value of ocean exploration.
  • Ocean Expedition is a board game where youth navigate their ocean robot around the world while learning key ocean concepts. Topics include aquaculture, climate change, innovation, human impact and the ocean ecosystem.
  • Ocean Communicator is an activity in which young people investigate challenges that ocean scientists, engineers and technologists are currently exploring. They design and advocate for innovations and technical solutions that inspire public action.

Clover Kid Club

Parents and children ages 5-7 are invited to be a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Clover Kid Program.

Clover Kid Dates: Nov. 8, Dec. 6, Jan 10, Feb 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2.

Time: 6-7 pm

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Counties; 8015 West Center Road, Omaha.

There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to preregister with Rachel at

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Statewide Opportunities

Sign up to Judge by September 30, 2022

Are you interested in judging 4-H projects, contests, or shows next year? Head over to and complete the sign-up form. But hurry–time is running out! You must sign up by September 30, 2022, to have your contact information included in our 2023 list.

Celebrate #4HWeek, October 2 - 8

National 4-H Week is October 2 - 8. This year, we're celebrating Opportunity4All! Take advantage of this week to highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in your community and showcase the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people. Join the conversation on social media and show us how your club is celebrating #4HWeek!

Annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium

The 18th Annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS) at the Animal Science Complex will be December 2 – 4, 2022. More details about the symposium and the application link can be found at Please note the application deadline of October 1st. If an individual is selected to participate, a $75 registration fee will be collected at that time. Please contact Alli Raymond at with any questions.

4-H Foundation Trail Ride

This year’s 4-H Foundation Trail Ride will be on October 14-16. Join us for an enjoyable, guided ride through the scenic Nebraska National Forest near Halsey. Enjoy delicious meals, family activities, and great entertainment. All proceeds support the Nebraska 4-H camp programs. To learn more or register, visit

2023 4-H Dates

  • June 21 and Thursday, June 22, 2023 - Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • August 2-6, 2023 - Sarpy County Fair
  • Aug. 25 - Sep. 4, 2023 - Nebraska State Fair