The 4-H Update

April 7, 2023

This Week's Deadlines and Events

Companion Animal Contest - Sign up by TODAY

When: April 15, 2023

Time: Check in starts at 8:30 am, show starts at 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). See the fairbook and score sheet to see what the judge is looking at here.

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.

Registration link -

Cats and ferrets will need to bring Certificate of Vaccination for Cats and Ferrets.

Recycle Art Workshop - Sign up by TODAY

Recycled Art Workshop

Date: Thursday, April 13

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

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

Cost: $10/youth

Registration due by April 7

Registration link:

During this workshop, youth will create a recycled art project out of old corks. Using the corks, they will create a design and then decorate it. They will get to take home their own, unique creation! All materials will be provided. Please note that we will be using hot glue guns during the workshop. Questions? Email Katherine at

Registration requirements minimum: 5 - maximum: 20

Summer Embryology

Sign up to hatch chickens in your home!

This year's hatch will be June 19 - July 14. Payment will be made at the time of pick up. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card.


Participants will pick up eggs and incubator on June 19 at the Douglas-Sarpy Extension Office (8015 West Center Road, Omaha) and return items on July 14.

For more Information contact Alana at 402.444.4092 or

The cost for Summer Embryology will be

  • $40 for incubator and eggs
  • $15 for eggs only
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April is Month of the Military Child!

April is Month of the Military Child! Stephanie Thorson, our 4-H Military Liaison for Nebraska, would like to invite you to use the following ideas to celebrate military children this month in your communities.

Wear purple on April 14th, “Purple Up” day.

Each year, one day in April is selected as “Purple Up” Day, which is a great day to show your support of military children by wearing purple. Share your “Purple Up” day pictures on the padlet (

Move Together Challenge— Fun physical activity challenge that anyone can do on their own.

Finally, check out even more activity “Month of the Military Child Ideas List for 2023

Feature of the Week

Project of the Week - Self Determined Project


Division 501 – You Design It


You Design It projects are educational exhibits. Exhibitors may use whatever means is most effective in showing what they have accomplished in a project they have planned themselves. Photographs, slides, posters, charts, drawings or articles used or made may be utilized in telling the story of the exhibitor's project. The exhibit should include sufficient explanation so that viewers understand what was done. Exhibits without an explanation will be lowered a ribbon placing. Learn more at

Flint Antonson is pictured with his shooting sports self-determined project from last year's fair. This project was given a Judges Special Award, great job Flint!

4-Her of the Week - Kate Dworak

This week's 4-Hers of the week is Kate Dworak. At the 2022 Sarpy County Fair she won Champion Senior Sheep Showmanship, Champion Wool Breen sheep, Champion Mare. This year's 2023 County fair will be Wednesday, August 2, 2023 through Sunday, August 6, 2023.

Do you have a notable 4-H moment? Email them to Rachel at

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Communication Contest - Sign up by April 14

The 4-H Communications Contest is a combination of the 4-H Public Speaking and Presentations Contests. For 4-Hers 5 and up.

When: April 27, 5-8 pm

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

Sign up at

See the 4-H speech score sheet here.

Tips for writing a great 4-H speech can be found here.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR - 4-Hers will need to give the judge a typed up copy of the speech on the day of the contest.

Sign up for Build A Hut By April 14

Build A Hut is BACK and recruiting youth in 6-8th grade for the Summer Camp!

This Award-winning program is FREE to all interested youth with 4-H membership.

Registration ends on April 14, 2023.

Click the link below to sign up today!

Apply to Work With Us by April 14

Teen Teachers and College Interns are needed for this summer’s 2023 Build a Hut Camp!

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Thorson, Imagine Science Professional Development Officer, at

Applications due by April 14, 2023

Check out highlights from last summer’s Build a Hut -

4-H Quilt Club - April 18

When: Tuesday, April 18, 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.

Apply for Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards

Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards in 2023 is a grant for clubs to consider applying for to completing a project that will have a lasting impact on your community and/or program. The application form is linked on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website: We will accept applications through April 21st, 2023.

The Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards are sponsored by Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA). We encourage all clubs to consider a project that will impact their community and promote Nebraska 4-H.

Please note the requirements for the grant:

  • Projects should fit within one of the seven programming areas of Nebraska 4-H
  • Highly encourage community engagement and educational components
  • Clubs need to consider the impact of their project and how they will assess the impact
  • Clubs should consider at least one additional outside partner to help complete their project.
  • A written letter of support from a 4-H professional in their county will need to accompany the application.
  • Clubs who have received the award in the past and not submitted a summary report at the conclusion of their project will not be considered for future awards.

Clubs should submit their application and all materials to Lindsay Shearer ( via email on or before April 21, 2023.

Paddock Posse - April 21

Please join Douglas-Sarpy's Horseless Horse Club!

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

When: April 21 (usually the first Friday of every Month) at 5 pm

Who: Youth ages 8-18

Let's learn more about the Horse Industry and Horse Related Topics!

You need to rsvp with Alaina at

4-H Council Scholarships

High School Senior Scholarship:

The Douglas/Sarpy 4-H Council will be selecting four current 4-H members, who are seniors in high school, to receive college scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 21, 2023

Camp Scholarships:

The Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Council will be selecting current 4-H members to receive camp scholarships. This scholarship may be used for any 4-H, Big Red or University of Nebraska-Lincoln sponsored program or any 4-H Project Camp. Deadline to apply is April 21,2023

4-H Alumni Scholarships:

The Douglas/Sarpy 4-H Council will be selecting four Douglas/Sarpy alumni 4-H members to receive college scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 21, 2023.

Clover Kid Club - May 2

Children ages 5-7, and parents are invited to be a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Clover Kid Program. Below is a picture from our April class's Racing Caterpillars activity. See Clover Kid activities you can do at home or with your club here.

Join us for our next Clover Kid class on May 2, 2023 from 6-7 pm at the 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

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Sign up for the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Petting Zoo at Earth Day

4-Hers are invited to bring their animals and to be available during this year's petting zoo. The 4-H program ask that youth bring smaller animals (ideally those that can be held)

When: April 22, 2023 (sign up for a specific time below)

Where: Elmwood Park, Omaha.

Youth can bring a small pen for their animals if they would like, please also bring a chair, sunscreen, and wear a 4-H shirt.

Please note: Large livestock are not recommended for this event.

Sign up at

For more information, please contact 4-H Council member Amy at

Our 4-H Ambassadors will also be there presenting Garden in a Glove. Even if you don't participate in the petting zoo, come say hi and enjoy all the activities and Earth Day.

Foundation Grants

The Friends of Extension Foundation invites grant proposals from 4-H volunteers and program participants, and third parties who are directly partnered with Douglas and Sarpy County Extension.

Grant are due April 30, 2023, apply online:

Start a Club Informational Zoom Meeting - May 10

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: May 10, 2023

Time: 6-7 PM


Summer Events and Deadlines

Computer Coding Workshop - June 23

Many of the devices we use today require code or computing programming. Coding can be made easy and FUN with the help of Ozobots, and your local 4-H staff! Join us for the next 4-H Coding workshop

When: Friday, June 23, 2023

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

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

This workshop is ideal for youth K-5th grade. Sign up will be available May 1.

Fair Information

Shooting Sports Fair Competition - Sign up by May 15

  • Air Rifle Contest: Friday, June 2, 5:00 PM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds
  • BB Gun Contest: Saturday, June 3, 2023, 10:00 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds
  • Archery Contest: Saturday, June 10, 8 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

Entry forms are due on May 15, 2023. Register for the contest by filling out this Google form: After the contest entry due date, relay times will be assigned and sent via email. The full rules for the contests are available on the fair book.

Enroll in 4-H By June 15

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.

New members handouts can be found at

Livestock Booster

Learn how to become a 2023 Livestock Booster here.

Horse and Livestock Information

Hippology Workshop May 1

Learn more about how you can get competitive with your horse knowledge! Join Bre Wilkinson, a Douglas-Sarpy 4-H alum, talk about her experiences in Hippology and why you should get involved.

When: May 1, 2023

Time: 6 pm

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

Registration required by April 26 at

Learn all about the ins and outs of the Hippology Contest but at state and county levels. Contact Alaina with questions

YQCA Training Dates

YQCA Training Dates:

  • Tuesday May 16th at UNL Extension office; 8015 W. Center Rd. Omaha 68124 at 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday June 6th at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds, in Springfield 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.

Livestock Tag Information

2023 Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Livestock Tag chart here. For more information, contact Brett Kreifels, Urban Program Coordinator at

Pictured is Marissa Rolle with her Reserve Champion Wool Breed Ewe. Learn about 4-H Livestock here.

Tack Cleaning Workshop

Get your tack cleaned before State Horse show. Come join Alaina as we clean tack together and get your tack in tip top shape.

When: July 11

Time: 5:30 pm

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

Register by July 1st.

Contact Alaina with questions

Statewide Opportunities

Come Learn with Carla Wenburg

We’re excited to offer a new 4-H horsemanship clinic series!

Come learn with Carla Wenburg – an experienced horseman, clinician, and judge. These clinics will give youth an opportunity to work on horsemanship and training maneuvers – great practice for the State 4-H Horse Show! Registration fees must be sent by Friday, May 5. Register now at

Register for our Intro. to Basic Horse Management Clinics

Introductory virtual horse clinic will be Wednesdays May 3, 10, 17, & 24 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. CT

New 2023 topics include: Equine First Aid, Managing/Minimizing Vices, Biosecurity and Bits.

Interactive Kits will include, mini equine first aid kit, printed material, & beginning horsemanship online course codes.

Deadline to sign up to receive kits by the start of the workshop is April 17th. You may still sign up to participate all the way up to April 24th but we can only guarantee arrival of your kit prior to the start date if signed up by the 17 of April.

Cost to participate in this workshop: $50

Register at: or

Any questions, please contact Grace Kim at

4-H Youth Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the 2023 4-H Youth Leadership Conference! High school students, ages 14-18, are invited to Camp Comeca in Cozad from June 19-21 to gain real-world leadership skills. The experience is open to all youth, not just 4-H members! Register by June 4 to claim your spot. Visit to get started.

2023 Great Plains Livestock Judging

We're excited to announce the schedule for the 2023 Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit hosted here in the great state of Nebraska!

For more information:

Big Red Camps will be June 11-16, 2023.

Through Big Red Camps, students have the opportunity to develop new skills, prepare for college, stand out in college applications, explore potential careers, and meet like-minded peers in a safe and structured environment. Registration is now open! Learn more at

2023 4-H Dates

  • April 15 - Companion Animal (including Cat show).

  • April 27, 2023 3:00 -8:00 pm* - Communication (Demonstration and Speech) Contest

  • May 2 - 6 pm - Clover Kid Club

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

  • May 15 -Shooting Sports Reg. due at

  • May 16 -Quality Assurance

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

  • June 2 - Air Rifle Contest, 5:00 PM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds
  • June 3 - BB Gun Contest, 10:00 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

  • June 6 - Quality Assurance

  • June 10 - Archery Contest, 8 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

  • June 11-16 - Big Red Camp, UNL

  • June 13, 2023, 9 am - 12 pm - Discover Ancient Egypt

  • June 13, 2023, 1-2:30 pm - Rocket Launch Workshop - Beginner

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

  • June 15 - 4-H Enrollment Deadline

  • June 15 - YCQA Deadline

  • June 21 from 9 am-12 pm* - Art for Relaxation/Mindfulness

  • June 21 and Thursday, June 22 - Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • June 23 - State 4-H Communications Event (including State 4-H Presentations and speech contest) - at University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • June 24 - Papio Valley Livestock Progress Show
  • June 27 from 9 am-12 pm* - Wildlife Conservation
  • June 29, 2023 starting at 3 pm* - 4-H Table Toppers Contest

  • July 5, 2023, 4:30 pm - Rocket Launch forms due

  • July 11, 2023, 5:30 - 4-H Tack Cleaning Workshop

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

  • July 13 from 9 am-12 pm* - Discover Art Around the World
  • July 20 from 9 am-12 pm* - Engineer an Empire: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome
  • August 2-6, 2023 - Sarpy County Fair
  • Aug. 25 - Sep. 4, 2023 - Nebraska State Fair

*subject to change

Learn more

The Nebraska 4-H Glossary

4-H Shooting Sports information here.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made to Douglas-Sarpy County Extension at 402-444-7804 or

Nebraska Extension education programs abide with the non-discrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United State Department of Agriculture.