The 4-H Update

March 17, 2023

New For This Week - Recycle Art Using Corks

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

This Week's Events

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, 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!

Check out the show flyer at

For questions, contact Kate Pulec at or 402-441-7180.

See an showmanship example at

SOAR Workshop Series - March 18

The SOAR Workshop Series provides youth and their canine companion with an opportunity to develop and practice Showmanship, Obedience, Agility, and Rally skills under the guidance of experienced clinicians. While youth will benefit from participating in each workshop in the series, it is also not required. We encourage youth to join any of the workshops even if they cannot attend them all. More information and upcoming workshop details are available at

Communications Contest Workshop - Sign up by Tuesday, March 21

Date: March 23

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

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

Registration Link:

Come to this FREE workshop to learn more about the Communications Contest (combined Public Speaking and Presentation Contests). We will go over the rules and guidelines for the contest, offer tips and tricks, and help youth brainstorm what they want to give their presentation or speech on. Questions? Email Katherine at Sign up by March 21.

4-H Quilt Club - March 21

When: Tuesday, March 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.

New 4-H Member Zoom - March 21

When: March 21, 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

Feature of the Week

4-Her of the Week - Kilee Wilkinson

This week's 4-Her of the week is Kilee Wilkinson. Kilee was the 2022 Nebraska 4-H Senior Speech Champion!

Kilee was one of the 154 youth who participated in the Nebraska 4-H State Public Speaking contest on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus Union.

Do you want to give a 4-H speech this year? Sign up for our Communications Contest Workshop by March 21 at

Project of the Week - Making Cheese

What do you get from combining milk and lemon juice? You guessed it, cheese! From a food science perspective, combining these two ingredients is an easy way for you to make a soft cheese at home. Learn how from our Extension experts (

Please note, only shelf stable food can be entered in the fair, but this project would make a fun poster for the foods division.

Upcoming Events

Clover Kid Club - April 4

Children ages 5-7, and parents are invited to be a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Clover Kid Program. Our April meeting will talk about pollinators!

Clover Kid Dates: 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

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 -

Companion Animal Contest - April 15

When: April 15, 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.

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

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.

Sign Up for the NEW Communications Contest

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

When: April 27, 5-8 pm

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

For 4-Hers 5 and up.

Sign up at

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

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 Contests

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 Information

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.

Mark Your Calendars

Livestock Informational Meeting: Tuesday, March 28th, 6:30 pm

Poultry & Rabbit Informational Meeting: Tuesday, April 4th, 6:30 pm

Both meetings will be at the Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha.

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

Livestock Tag Information

2023 Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Livestock Tag chart here.

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

4-H Livestock Achievement Program

The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

Applications/Sign up are due June 15th through the link on the website. Plan and Reports, as well as Project Records will be due August 1st by submitting as attachments to an email sent to

For more information about the program or the process, go to: Livestock Achievement Program | Nebraska 4-H (

Statewide Opportunities

Virtual Companion Animal Challenge - Due April 1

Virtual Companion Animal Challenge entries, including essays, art, photography, and demonstrations, are due by Saturday, April 1, and the online dog and cat trivia contest will be available from April 10-16. Learn more 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

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.

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.


2023 4-H Dates

  • March 16, from 9 am- 12 pm - Cooking Basics

  • March 18 - Lancaster Rabbit Show
  • March 23* - Speech and Demonstration Contest Workshop

  • March 25 - UNL Chick Days -

  • April 4 - 6 pm - Clover Kid Club

  • 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 16 -Quality Assurance

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

  • June 2 - Air Rifle Contest

  • June 3 - BB Gun Contest

  • June 6 - Quality Assurance

  • June 10 - Archery Contest

  • 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 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 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

Nebraska 4-H Glossary

The Nebraska 4-H Glossary provides general terminology and language used within the Nebraska 4-H program. Check it out at

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

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