The 4-H Update

Sept 16, 2022

New to the 4-H Program? Curious about what projects are there?

The 4-H Pick Your Project is an online project selection guide used to explore over 150 Nebraska 4-H projects and resources, and their related educational programs and opportunities. Explore and plan for next year at

For more info. about the 4-H club program, contact Katherine at

State Fair Fashion Show Participants

Congratulations to the 2022 Nebraska State Fair Fashion Show participants from Douglas-Sarpy Counties: Jack Reilly, Abby Reilly, Mallory Beethe, Ava Caldwell, and Reagan Tiller.
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Upcoming Deadlines

4-H State Rodeo - Deadline is TODAY

Saturday, October 8th, 2022

Lancaster Event Center- Lincoln, NE


Deadline for Entries, Horse ID forms, & Advancement Levels = SEPTEMBER 16TH

Entries are done online

Horse ID forms should be handed into county offices by September 16th.

Advancement levels will be checked after registration, as we will send out a verification doc. for county offices to confirm!

Youth must submit a 4-H Horse ID Form(s) and must have passed the corresponding Advancement Level in order to compete by the deadline SEPTEMBER 16TH

For more Information:

Diamond Clover - Due September 30

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program is designed to reach and recognize all youth engaged in 4-H. See the flier here.

Learn more and get your application at

Due to Katherine ( by September 30, 2022.

Feature of the Week

Project Idea - Build a Bat House

Bat House Construction

Bat house construction and installation can be an environmentally friendly and rewarding activity. Putting up a bat house, however, does not guarantee that bats will use it. We don’t know exactly why bats dwell in one house and not another, but by following Extension's recommendations you can increase the likelihood that bats will live in your bat house. Learn about Bat House Construction and Installation at

4-Her of the Week - Addy Negrete

Addy Negrete is pictured with her Judge's Special Award for her tie dye project.

See this area of the fairbook - Addy is also pictured below interview judging her cooking project where she could talk to the judge about what she learned.

Submit your 4-Her's prize winning project and picture at

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School Enrichment - Bridges and Structures

For grades 3rd - 8th. Introduce your students to the exciting career of engineering as they develop abilities of technical design. Challenge your students to design a structure to meet a specific need. Students work cooperatively to build a structure and evaluate their design.

Learn more about this class and who to sign up here.

See all of Douglas-Sarpy's School Enrichment & Out-of-School

Upcoming Events

End of Year Banquet

When: October 18

Where: Sarpy County Fairgrounds

Join us for our annual event!

A light meal will be served. Special awards will be given and premium checks can be picked up.

Watch future newsletters for more information.

4-H Fire Safety Event

When: October 14, 9 am to noon

Where: 8015 West Center Road, Omaha


Open to all youth!

Questions can be directed to Katherine

4-H Quilt Club

When: Tuesday, October 18*

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.

Recycled Art Workshop

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

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

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

Clover Kid Club

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

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 Counties; 8015 West Center Road, Omaha.

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

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Statewide Opportunities

The 4-H STEM Challenge, Explorers of the Deep, focuses on the mysteries and adventures of ocean exploration–with robots! Young people learn how to use science, technology, engineering, and math to explore Earth’s Ocean and how it relates to all life on the planet. Explorers of the Deep consists of three activities that youth can do all at once or individually, making it highly adaptable for classrooms, after-school programs, clubs, and more! Learn more at

Nebraska 4-H Foundation Charity Shoot

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation Charity Shoot will be on Thursday, September 29, at the Oak Creek Sporting Club in Brainard. Proceeds support 4-H shooting sports, camps, and leadership training programs, as well as national recognition and awards tris for youth. To learn more or register, visit

Celebrate #4HWeek, October 2 - 8

National 4-H Week is October 2 - 8. This year, we're celebrating Opportunity4All! Take advantage of this week to highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in your community and showcase the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people. Join the conversation on social media and show us how your club is celebrating #4HWeek!

Annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium

The 18th Annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS) at the Animal Science Complex will be December 2 – 4, 2022. More details about the symposium and the application link can be found at Please note the application deadline of October 1st. If an individual is selected to participate, a $75 registration fee will be collected at that time. Please contact Alli Raymond at with any questions.

4-H Foundation Trail Ride

This year’s 4-H Foundation Trail Ride will be on October 14-16. Join us for an enjoyable, guided ride through the scenic Nebraska National Forest near Halsey. Enjoy delicious meals, family activities, and great entertainment. All proceeds support the Nebraska 4-H camp programs. To learn more or register, visit

2023 4-H Dates

  • June 21 and Thursday, June 22, 2023 - Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • August 2-6, 2023 - Sarpy County Fair
  • Aug. 25 - Sep. 4, 2023 - Nebraska State Fair