The 4-H Update

February 9, 2023

New Information for the Week

Cat Show in Lancaster County

Lancaster County is having a 4-H Cat Show

When: Saturday, Feb. 11, at 9:00am

Where: Lancaster Event Center

This event is open to 4-H'ers from other counties and is a "just for fun" show. No pre-registration, no ribbons are awarded, but every participant gets a prize. This is more for youth (especially youth new to the Cat project) to get experience, gain some knowledge, and learn/get some tips on showing.

Cooking 101 Workshop

During this workshop, youth will learn about basic cooking science. They will learn how to keep their kitchen space clean and basic kitchen safety and hygiene. They will also get to practice their measuring skills. Kids will practice their cooking skills by making quick bread muffins, smoothies, and trail mix.

When: March 16, 2023,

Time: 9 am to noon

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

Cost: $15 per youth.

Ages 8-18 welcome, but registration space is limited.

Register by March 9 at

Email Katherine at if you have questions.

Work With Us This Summer!

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 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.

The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points. Intermediates, ages 10-13, must complete 100 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Intermediate Member of Excellence. Seniors, ages 14-18, must complete 150 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Senior Member of Excellence. The Plan and Reports, linked on the webpage, show examples of the project related accomplishments they can choose, or they can identify their own with approval of their local educator.

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

Youth completing the achievement program and receiving member of excellence recognition in the various species will be recognized during the Parade of Champions, 4-H weekend at the Nebraska State Fair.

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

Help make the fair happen!

Be a part of the GREAT TEAM who make the fair happen!

Interested in encouraging Clover Kid 4-Hers? Here's an opportunity to consider! During the county fair a Clover Kid superintendent is needed. Superintendents can be anyone, parents, 4-H Alumni, leaders!!! If you are interested, or could recommend someone, contact Rachel at 402-444-4355 or

February Deadlines/Events

Celebrate 4-H Month this February

  • Put your hands to larger service Weekend on Saturday, February 11, or Sunday, February 12. Don’t forget to submit your recent service project to the Nebraska 4-H Community Service Showcase at
  • Show our 4-H volunteers some love on February 14.
  • Thank our donors or sponsors on February 21.
  • And don’t forget to show our local 4-H professionals some appreciation on February 28

Start a Club Informational Zoom Meeting

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


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.

CASNR's Experience the Power of Red Day on February 23

All high school students and their families are invited to attend the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) Experience the Power of Red Visit Day on Thursday, February 23rd. This is a free event that enables students to learn more about careers and opportunities in our College as well as meet current UNL students, faculty and staff. The day will begin at 9 am in the East Campus Union and wrap up with lunch and a scholarship drawing by 12:30 pm. Students can learn more and register at

Feature of the Week

4-Her of the week - Hanna Gruhlkey

This week's 4-Her of the week is Hanna Gruhlkey with her Best of Show Rabbit!

Do you want to show a rabbit this year? Check out the 4-H Spring Rabbit Show 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. Learn more at

Project of the Week - Make a Bird House

In the Environmental Education & Earth Sciences, youth can explore how to make "Wildlife Habitat Houses". Examples: bird house (bluebird, purple martin, wood duck, kestrel, barn owl, etc.) or bat house; no insect houses. Make the house functional so that dimensions, hole size etc. are appropriate to fit the intended species' needs. Use this NebGuide for guidance.

Include the following information:

1) the kinds of animal(s) for which the house is intended,

2) where and how the house should be located for best use,

3) any seasonal maintenance needed, and

4) any evidence of your personal observations to experiences.

See more 2023 4-H project ideas at

New Member Handouts

It can be overwhelming if you're new to 4-H. Leaders are invited to share new members handouts to help explain 4-H basics.

Check them out at

Upcoming Local Events

Clover Kid Club - March 7

Parents and children ages 5-7 are invited to be a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Clover Kid Program. March programming will be all about nature and making a rain stick.

Clover Kid Dates: 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 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!

Check out the show flyer at

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

See an showmanship example at

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

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). 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.

Registration link -

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

Livestock Information

2023 UNL Chick Days

Chick Days is an annual educational event for small and back-yard poultry producers and youth to learn more about the poultry industry.

This years event will be held from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., on March 25, 2023 at the Department of Animal Science, 3940 Fair St., Lincoln, NE.

Learn more at:

Check out a recent TV spot featuring our 4-H Urban Program Coordinator, Brett

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

Not sure what you need? Check out the 2023 Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Tag chart here.

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

SOAR Workshop Series - Feb. 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

Poster Contest - Due March 1

From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, agriculture positively impacts all of us. To highlight and celebrate agriculture’s many contributions, NDA is sponsoring a student poster contest.

NDA’s annual poster contest is in its 20th year and is open to all Nebraska students in 1st through 6th grades. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Nebraska Agriculture.”

Read more:

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

Thanks to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and our generous donors the Nebraska State 4-H Camp has scholarships available for the 2023 season!

Visit to apply.

2023 4-H Dates

  • February 9, from 5:30-7:30 pm - Jewelry Making Workshop

  • Feb. 15 - Agronomy Project Sign up due - online
  • Feb. 16, 6-7 pm - Interested in 4-H Zoom
  • March 7 from 6-7 pm - Clover Kid Club
  • March 7 from 7-8 pm - Companion Animal Informational Meeting
  • 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 15 - Companion Animal (including Cat show).

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

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

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

  • June 2 - Air Rifle Contest

  • June 3 - BB Gun Contest

  • June 10 - Archery Contest

  • 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

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.