The 4-H Update

Oct 21, 2022

2022 Was a Great Year

Thank you to all for a great year!

The Douglas-Sarpy 4-H program would like to announce the 2022 4-Her of the Year: Kilee Wilkinson!

We will be sharing our award winners each week and on our Facebook page here.

Premium checks are available for pick up at the Douglas-Sarpy central office (8015 West Center Rd, Omaha). Monday - Friday from 8-4:30 pm.

Fire Safety Education Event

Our 2022 Fire Safety Education Event was a blast! Thanks to all who helped and participated!

Learn about fire safety projects in the Safety part of the fairbook at

Recycled Art Workshop - Sign up by TODAY, Oct. 21

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

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

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

4-H STEM Challenge Workshop - Sign up by Oct. 24

When: October 25 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Cost FREE - but must pre-register by emailing Tiffany ( by 10/24

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.

Feature of the Week

4-H Project Idea - Dish Garden

Project Idea - DISH GARDEN (Scoresheet SF107) -An open/shallow container featuring a
variety of plants excluding cacti and succulents. Label name for each plant.

Remember - Houseplants should be grown in the display container for a minimum of
six weeks.

See this area of the fairbook at

See more 2023 4-H project ideas at

4-Hers of the Week - Jay Graham

Jay Graham - Champion Computer Exhibit

The computers category gives 4-H’ers a chance to display their knowledge of computers. Through participation in this category 4-H’ers will develop presentations that show judges their knowledge in the different aspects of computer science. Involvement in SET Computers gives participants a first-hand experience in modern technology. See this area of the fairbook at

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

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.

2023 Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Ambassador Program - Applications Due Nov. 1


• Youth 14 - 18 years of age on January 1, 2023.

• Enrolled as a Douglas-Sarpy 4-H member.

• Must be an active member of 4-H, either independent or with a club for at least one full year prior to application.

• Up to FIVE 4-H Ambassadors will be selected annually.

• The program has an annual application process with an opportunity to re-apply annually if eligible.

Learn more and get the application

If you are having trouble getting the link to open, please contact Brett ( for an email copy.

Mechanical Engineering Workshop

When: November 29

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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

Cost $15

In this engaging workshop, youth (ages 8 and older) will learn about mechanical engineering and apply skills learned to build cardboard automatas! Cardboard automata is a type of mechanical sculpture made of simple materials. As youth build, they can explore simple machine elements such as cams, levers, and linkages in a playful way. Join us as we bring stories and ideas to life with these cool mechanical sculptures that can be entered into fair!

Sign up

Winter Maker Day - Open to youth 5-18!

Connect, Discover, and Create this Holiday Season.

Winter Maker Day
When: Saturday, December 10, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

The first annual Maker Day, hosted by our 4-H program, will spark youth’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit! Youth will choose from three festive maker projects. This event is open to ALL Douglas and Sarpy youth ages 5-18. Youth ages 10 and under will need to bring a helper who is 16 years or older. Bring paint shirt or wear clothes that can get paint on them.

Registration and Payment due November 11, 2022
Registration Fee: $15 per youth
Pre-registration required

4-H Quilt Club

When: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022

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.

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RSVP to this event at

There will be a light meal and fun prizes! Invite anyone who might be interested in becoming a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H program.

Clover Kid Club

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

November's agenda - Learning about Nebraska's unique government (Unicameral) and we will start growing Avocados!

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 Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

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

Statewide Opportunities

Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge

Please find the news release from the 2022 Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge! Feel free to share with your local news and families. The application for 2023 will be coming soon! Please help us share this educational opportunity with those in your county that you think would be interested.

Nebraska Dairy Ambassador Program

The Dairy Ambassadors have the opportunity to connect with consumers and share dairy’s story while networking with their peers and industry professionals. The program is designed for college students (enrolled full-time in a Nebraska post-secondary school) and high school junior (11th grade) and senior (12th grade) students interested in promoting dairy.

Students can apply at, in the For Young Dairy Leaders tab/section, under Ambassador Programs then select Nebraska. More details can be found on the webpage plus the online application (APPLY NOW) is at the bottom of the program page. Online applications are due DECEMBER 15, 2022.

2023-2024 Nebraska Poultry Education Scholarship

Nebraska residents, those attending school in Nebraska, or those interested in a career in poultry-based in Nebraska are encouraged to apply for the 2023-2024 Nebraska Poultry Education Scholarship. A total of eight $1,000 scholarships can be awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Learn more at

2023-2024 J.H. & J.W. Claybaugh Memorial Scholarship

Nebraska residents, those attending school in Nebraska, or those interested in a career in poultry-based in Nebraska are encouraged to apply for the 2023-2024 J.H. & J.W. Claybaugh Memorial Scholarship.

Learn more and apply at

Nebraska Association of Fair Managers Scholarship

On Behalf of the Nebraska Association of Fair managers, we would like present the Don and Martha Romeo Scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education for the amount of $500 each. The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January.

Get your application here.

Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee!

Are you a parent, 4-H leader, horse trainer, or volunteer that would like to be more involved in the 4-H Horse program? Check out the Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee!

We are looking for passionate and involved people to add to our committee. The Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee serves as a group of representatives who provide guidance, solicit support, and assist in carrying out program activities in the interest of the 4-H youth development and horse program.

Read more about the Horse Advisory Committee at:

Applications are open from October 3rd to October 31st at 5pm central time.

2023 4-H Dates

  • Speech Workshop: March 23*

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

  • Presentation Contest Entries due: June 13, 2023, 5 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
  • 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