The 4-H Update

January 20, 2023

Feature of the Week

Spartan 4-H Club

This week's feature of the week is Spartan 4-H Club and their appearance on "Pure Nebraska" on Dec. 23. The kids did a great job of working together to serve their community!
13 Sarpy County 4-H club members met in November to make fleece blankets and create encouraging cards for patients at Children's Hospital in Omaha.... | By Pure Nebraska | Facebook

Project of the Week - Club idea: CODE YOUR COMMUNICATION

Computer code is very complicated – but at its core is surprisingly simple: Computers assign a series of 0s and 1s to each letter, number and symbol. This is called binary code. In this activity you will create a bracelet with your initials in binary code.

Check it out at

See more 2023 4-H project ideas at

Enroll in 4-H

To enroll in 4-H for 2023, click here.

For returning families, please do not create a new account; rather use your log-in credentials for 4honline used in previous years. Instructions can be found here: Enrollment instructions for new families can be found here:

Please note the enrollment fee for Douglas-Sarpy counties is $10 per member and is paid online. Enrollments are due June 15, 2023.

Please contact Mary Dierks at with any questions.

New 4-H Volunteers for Douglas-Sarpy 4-H will need to be screened and have a background check done. Volunteers may not work with youth until volunteer enrollment and screening is complete. To begin the screening process visit and enroll via 4-H Online.

January Deadlines and Events

SOAR workshop series - January 21

We are excited to present our SOAR workshop series in conjunction with Platte Valley Kennel Club! Learn from experienced clinicians provided by Platte Valley Kennel Club! This workshop series will have a total of 3 to 4 sessions throughout the spring/ summer months (dates listed in the flyer & more to come). Handlers will gain greater success in participating in each workshop as it provides action steps for youth to move forward and builds upon the skills learned from previous sessions. We do encourage others to join any of our workshops even if you cannot go to all of them.

Along with building skills with your dog(s), youth will also learn more about other events and organizations they can participate in to immerse themselves in dog related activities.

To register:

Event: January 21st, 2023

Event Address: Go Dogs Inc. 2348 North 83rd, Omaha NE

Estimated Time Frame: 1:00-4:00pm


• Day of Registration Fee: $20 (cash or check only)- payment can be brought the day of the event.

Please make checks payable to: UNL

• Vaccination forms REQUIRED: Please bring the day of the workshop!

• Please provide a working email for further information regarding the workshop.

For further questions please contact Grace Kim at: (402)472-6085 or or Gisele Olney at

Additional information provided in the registration link

Jewelry Making Workshop - Sign up by January 27

When: February 9, 2023

Time 5:30-7:30 PM

Cost: $15

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

During the workshop, youth will learn jewelry making basics. Youth will be guided through the jewelry making process and get hands-on experience using tools of the trade. Youth will design, create, and take home their own necklace or bracelet!

Registration Deadline: January 27, 2023

Registration link:

This workshop is for youth ages 10-18. 4-Hers ages 8-9 can participate if they have an adult stay with them for the workshop.

Market Beef Weigh Day -January 28

Date: January 28, 2023

Located at Cooper Farm (8602 Mormon Bridge Rd, Omaha)

Time: 9 am-11 am

Weighing of Market Beef participating in the Sarpy County Fair Market Beef Rate of Gain Contest

EID Tags and County-Only tags will be available. EID Tags are required for Market Beef and Feeder Calves being exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair or the AKSARBEN Stock Show

DNA Hair Samples will also be pulled for all Market Beef, Breeding Heifers and Feeder Calves being exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair and/or AKSARBEN

(Breeding Beef and Feeder Calves do not need to be brought to the Beef Weigh Day unless you’d like a weight or to pull DNA hair Samples)

Tags will be free this year!

Snow day will be Feb. 4 same place and time. A snowday will be announced on our facebook page.

New 4-H Member Zoom Meeting -Jan. 31

When: January 31, 2023, 6-7 PM

Where: Zoom link will be sent after you register in advance at:

Want to know more about 4-H? Youth and parents are invited to attend this free Zoom meeting to learn about Douglas-Sarpy 4-H and the ways you can get involved. This meeting will provide you with the resources you need to start your family's 4-H story. Questions? Email Katherine at

February Deadlines and Events

Wish of a Lifetime - Sign Up By Feb. 3

Nebraska 4-H is working with Wish of a Lifetime from AARP to connect older adults and youth to build relationships across generations. Youth participants will be paired with an older adult from St. Joseph Villa to conduct interviews about their life experiences, accomplishments, struggles, and passions. Ideal participants are interested in giving back to the people in their community and building leadership and communication skills.

Youth are committing to four in-person meetings with Extension staff and three interviews with the adult they get paired with, for a total of seven meetings. All resources will be provided during the in-person meetings and the program is FREE. Youth will meet with their paired adult on their own schedule. The four in-person meetings will be held in the evenings on February 15, March 9, March 29, and April 19 at the Douglas-Sarpy Extension Office. All ages are encouraged to participate.

If you're interested in participating, please fill out this short form: Fill out the survey by February 3.

Contact Katherine at with questions.

Paddock Possee, A Horseless Horses Club - Feb. 3

Interested in Horses but don't have a horse? Not a problem! There is a new club geared towards youth that want to learn about horse topics such as level testing and horse care and basics.

Please come and learn about horses and horse basics!

February 3, 2023

Time: 5 pm

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

RSVP with Alaina Kauffman,

2023 Special Agronomy Project is Tepary Beans - Sign up by February 15

The Nebraska Extension Special Agronomy Project gives 4-H members an opportunity to experience a crop that is grown, was grown or has the potential to be grown in Nebraska. Youth participate by receiving seed and resources to grow the crop, research traits of the crop and determine the viability of that crop in the part of the state they live. The project allows 4-H members interested in agronomy to grow something fun, new, and different.

The focus of the 2023 Special Agronomy Project is Tepary Beans. Tepary beans can be used like dry edible beans, forage, or hay. To participate in the Special Agronomy Project, enroll in the project through 4-H Online or call Mary at 402-444-7804 to reserve seed by February 15.

There are three ways to complete this at the county or state fair. First, an educational exhibit that can be in a poster format can include what you learned. Secondly, let your creativity go wild and create a video-type presentation explaining what you have learned, showing the growing process, etc. Finally, you can enter the crop itself. To do this, cut 6 stalks at the ground level and bound-together with supporting information about the project. For project specifications and details, be sure to go to the Nebraska State Fairbook at

Start a Club Informational Zoom Meeting - February 16

Interested in starting a 4-H club? Attend a FREE Zoom meeting to learn how you can start a club in your community. This meeting will provide you with the resources you need to get started. Registration is required to get the Zoom link.

Date: February 16, 2023

Time: 6-7 PM


Date: May 10, 2023

Time: 6-7 PM


Upcoming Events

Clover Kid Club

Parents and children ages 5-7 are invited to be a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Clover Kid Program. January programming will be all about Houseplants and growing things!

Clover Kid Dates: Feb 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2.

Time: 6-7 pm

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

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

4-H Quilt Club

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2023

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.

4-H Rabbit Show, March 18

The 4-H Spring Rabbit Show will be held on Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m. at the Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds – Exhibit Hall. Open to all youth ages 8–18, with a Clover Kids class for youth ages 5–7. This is a great opportunity for youth to talk to other 4-H’ers about where to purchase a good rabbit for a 4-H project, and to learn and practice showmanship. Rabbit Quiz and Breed Identification contests are free for youth to enter! New this year: the knowledge contests are open to adults for a minimal fee!

Show flyer will be posted at For questions, contact Kate Pulec at or 402-441-7180.

See an showmanship example at

Companion Animal Contest (including cats)

When: April 15, 2023

Time: 9 am

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

For 4-Hers 5 and up.

The companion animal contest will include cats, small mammals (hamsters, rats, ) reptiles, snakes, fish, birds and insects.

This year's contest will include a short (under 5 minute presentation). Watch future newsletters for a speech template.

Connect with our experts for this contest at the Nebraska 4-H companion animal page. This page offer opportunities for youth to develop life skills and obtain knowledge of companion animals. The focus of the Nebraska 4-H companion animal programs is the total development of the young person. The companion animals contests, shows, and related activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development.

Livestock Information

Sign Up By Feb. 25 for 4-H Farrowed and Owned Cohort

We are now accepting registrations for the 2023 Farrowed & Owned Swine Cohort! This opportunity is designed to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H swine project by focusing on swine production, accurate record keeping, and industry knowledge and engagement by the 4-H member. Registration closes Wednesday, February 1. To learn more and register, visit

Nebraska State Fair and AKSARBEN Stock Show Changes for 2023

State Fair age of eligibility in 2023 will be 9 years of age before January 1, 2023 for all in-person events* (livestock, contests, fashion shows). *This does not include horse or shooting sports.

All Breeding Beef, Breeding Sheep, Breeding Swine and Breeding Goats MUST have hair pulled and DNA sample submitted along with being nominated in Show Stock Manager by June 15th, 2023.

All Feeder Calves must also have hair pulled and DNA sample submitted and the animal must be nominated in Show Stock Manager by June 15, 2023.

All Market Beef, Market Swine and Feeder Calves must still have an 840 EID

For more information, contact Brett Kreifels, Urban Program Coordinator at

YQCA Training Dates

YQCA Training Dates:

  • Tuesday May 16th at 6:30 8015 W. Center Rd. Omaha 68124
  • Tuesday June 6th at the Fairgrounds at 6:30 pm.

This year there will be a test before and after the course for both in person and online YQCA Trainings.

The following videos have been developed to help walk families through the process:

Help Video: Web-Based Training

Help Video: Instructor-Led Training

  1. The help desk is your best option for any issues related to the platform. Please be patient as they get back to you on your requests. These have been responded to quickly over the past couple of weeks but know that as trainings increase, so do help desk tickets.

Statewide Opportunities

4-H Month

Mark your calendars and make plans to celebrate 4-H Month this February! Wear your favorite 4-H shirt on Tuesday, February 7. Put your hands to larger service on Saturday, February 11, or Sunday, February 12. Show our 4-H volunteers some love on Tuesday, February 14. Thank our donors or sponsors on Tuesday, February 21. And don’t forget to show our local 4-H professionals some appreciation on February 28

Virtual 4-H Companion Animal Challenge

The Companion Animal Challenge is a set of contests for youth interested in companion animals. These contests are animal-less and test youths’ knowledge about companion animals. 4-H youth ages 10-18 are invited to participate.

  • The 4-H Companion Animal Challenge is held virtually during the month of April 2023
  • Contests include Demonstration Contest, Dog Skillathon Contest, Cat Skillathon Contest, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Photography Contest.
  • This event allows youth to apply their companion animal knowledge but does not require them to have an animal!
  • Online entries are due by April 1st, 2023
  • For more information and registration forms:
  • Questions? Contact: Grace Kim (

Mark your calendars–Big Red Camps will be June 11-16, 2023.

Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. By participating in a camp youth get the opportunity to explore the Nebraska campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have a lot of fun! During the week-long camps, participants will work with our university faculty to explore the topic of their particular camp, like filmmaking or crop science. After spending several fun-filled days on campus, participants' families are invited to attend a special capstone event where youth showcase their achievements.

More details will be coming soon!

2023 4-H Camp

Registration for the 2023 4-H camp season is open! There are a limited number of spots available this year, so we recommend that families register as soon as possible. Session information and registration can be found at

2023 4-H Dates

  • Market Beef Weigh Day, January 28th from 9 am-11 am, Cooper Farm

  • Swine Project Sign up, Feb. 1, online
  • Clover Kid Club, Feb. 7 from 6-7 pm
  • Jewelry Making Workshop, February 9, from 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Interested in 4-H Zoom, Feb. 16, 6-7 pm
  • Agronomy Project Sign up due - online, Feb. 15
  • 4-H Quilt Club, February 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Clover Kid Club, March 7 from 6-7 pm
  • Cooking Basics March 16, from 9 AM- 12 PM
  • Lancaster Rabbit Show, March 18

  • Speech Workshop: March 23*

  • Companion Animal (including Cat show). April 15

  • Speech Contest: April 27, 2023 3:00 PM-8:00 PM*

  • Interested in 4-H Zoom, May 10, 6-7 pm

  • Presentation Workshop: May 18, 2023, 6:30-7:30 PM*

  • 4-H Table Toppers Workshop: May 30, 2023, 6:30-7:30 PM*

  • 4-H Shooting Sports Competitions June 2, June 3, and June 10*

  • Rocket Launch Workshop - Beginners: June 13, 2023, 1-2:30 PM

  • Discover Ancient Egypt June 13 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Presentation Contest Entries due: June 13, 2023, 5 PM*

  • Rocket Launch Workshop - Advanced: June 14, 2023, 1-3:30 PM

  • Art for Relaxation/Mindfulness June 21 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Presentation Contest: June 22, 2023*
  • June 21 and Thursday, June 22, 2023 - Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • State 4-H Communications Event (including State 4-H Presentations and speech contest) -June 23, 2023 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • Wildlife Conservation June 27 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Rocket Launch forms due: July 5, 2023, 4:30 PM

  • Rocket Launch: July 12, 2023, 3:30-7 PM

  • Discover Art Around the World July 13 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Engineer an Empire: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome July 20 from 9AM-12 PM*
  • 4-H Table Toppers Contest: June 29, 2023 starting at 3 PM*

  • August 2-6, 2023 - Sarpy County Fair
  • Aug. 25 - Sep. 4, 2023 - Nebraska State Fair

*subject to change