2021 4-H Summer Workshops

Otoe County 4-H

Call or email the Extension Office to enroll your child today!

402-269-2301


otoe-county@unl.edu

May 15th - Poultry Showmanship

Learn what type of poultry is right for you, poultry care and nutrition tips, how to work with your bird, what to do to prep for a show or showmanship and learn how to exhibit your poultry at the fair.

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 5 & up

Cost: Free Instructors: Brett Kreifels, Extension Educator Sarpy-Douglas County and Blake Bell, Bell's Conservancy

Projects: Poultry, Clover Kid Animal Caretaker

May 21st - Too Many Tee's

Do you have too many t-shirts in your closet? Explore the world of upcycling by remaking t-shirts into t-shirt yarn. We will use t-shirt yarn to make your own home accessory!

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center Ages: 10 & up

Cost: $3.00

Bring: Please bring 5 t-shirts to upcycle.

Instructor: Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

Projects: Design My Place, Design Decisions

May 24th - Tissue Paper Art

Use your artistic skills to turn tissue paper into a work of art.


Time: 9:00-11:00 am Location: Fair Center

Ages: 8 and up Cost: $10

Instructor: Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

Project: Design My Place, Design Decisions

May 25th - YQCA

Nebraska 4-H members ages 8-18, who are enrolled in Beef (bucket calf, feeder calf, breeding beef, market beef), Dairy Cattle, Goat (breeding meat goat, dairy goat, meat goat), Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep (breeding sheep, market sheep) or Swine livestock projects are required to participate in an annual YQCA training. YQCA is a quality assurance program focused on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 8 & up Cost: $3.00

Register at: https://yqca.learngrow.io/

Instructor: Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

May 27th - Horse Showmanship

Grab your horse! Learn, practice and improve upon basic horse showmanship techniques!

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Location: Fairgrounds Horse Arena

Ages: 8 & up

Cost: $3.00

Instructor: Rachel Crook, 4-H Volunteer

Project: Horse

May 28th - Horse Advancement Level I

Has been moved from May 26th to May 28th!


Come learn all you need to know to pass the Horse Advancement Level 1 test. Find out what you'll need to do to put together your horse demonstration & finish up by taking the level 1 test. Bring a sack lunch.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center Ages: 8 & up

Cost: $10.00 - includes level book

Instructors: Grace Kim, 4-H Extension Assistant, East Campus; Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant; Jill Cary and Rachel Crook, 4-H Volunteers; and Autumn Cary, 4-H youth

Projects: Horse

June 1st - Sewing For Fun

This workshop has a waiting list


Make a pin cushion and a scented sachet, plus learn basic sewing skills.

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Cost: $5.00

Location: Extension Office

Ages: 8 & up

Instructors: Christie Brehm, 4-H Volunteer and Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

Limit: 4 per session

Project: STEAM Clothing 1

June 2nd - Meat Science

Have you ever wondered how much meat an animal provides us with? What happens with all non-meat parts of the animal? What is the process of getting meat from the farm to the table? If you've ever wondered about any of these, then this is the workshop for you. We'll explore all the in's and out's of meat science in this interactive workshop. Bring a sack lunch.

Time: 9:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 12 & up

Cost: $5

Instructor: Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

June 2 - Pour Painted Pots

This workshop has a waiting list


Let's beautify the Fairgrounds! We will be decorating terra cotta pots and planting flowers to set around the fairgrounds.

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Extension Office

Ages: 5 & up

Cost: $5

Instructors: Cheryl Goff, Extension Office Manager and Opal Madsen, 4-H Volunteer

Project: Design My Place, Design Decisions, Citizenship, Clover Kid Just Outside The Door

June 4th - Goat Showmanship

The Otoe County Fair will be here soon & we want you to do your best! You will practice your goat showmanship skills, get tips & hands-on instructions for daily care & fitting your goat for show. Make sure to wear close-toed shoes - NO FLIP FLOPS!

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location: OK Pavilion, Fairgrounds

Ages: 5 & up

Cost: $3.00

Instructors: Matt & Roxy Schutz and Chuck Porter, 4-H Goat Superintendents

Projects: Meat Goat, Dairy Goat, Clover Kid Animal Caretaker

June 5th - Floral Design

This workshop has a waiting list


Put your artistic skills to work creating a simple bud vase arrangement using fresh flowers. Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 10 & up

Cost: $10.00

Bring: a scissors or clippers

Instructor: Laura Liesemeyer, First Class Floral

Project: Design Decisions

June 7th - YQCA

Nebraska 4-H members ages 8-18, who are enrolled in Beef (bucket calf, feeder calf, breeding beef, market beef), Dairy Cattle, Goat (breeding meat goat, dairy goat, meat goat), Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep (breeding sheep, market sheep) or Swine livestock projects are required to participate in an annual YQCA training. YQCA is a quality assurance program focused on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 8 & up

Cost: $3.00

Register at: https://yqca.learngrow.io/

Instructor: Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

June 8th - Cake Decorating

Learn the basics of cake decorating.

Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 8 & up

Cost: $12.00 - includes cake decorating kit

Instructors: Penny Weber, Otoe County 4-H Alumna & Mary Finkner, 4-H Volunteer

Project: Cake Decorating

June 8th - Healthy Snacks

Learn how to make easy & healthy snack mixes.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 5 & up

Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

Projects: Cooking 101, Clover Kid Making Food For Me

June 9th, 10th, 11th or 17th - 3D Modeling

Learn how a 3D printer works & create your own 3D printed design. Within this workshop, you will create an account and use free online software to learn basic computer aided design. Upon completion of your 3D model, you may email the instructor your file and the 3D print will be available for pick up at a later date.

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: via Zoom

Ages: 8 & up

Cost: $20.00

Registration Link: https://go.unl.edu/3dregis

Instructor: Deb Weitzenkamp, Extension Educator

Project: Computer Mysteries 3

June 9th or 17th - Code Camp

If you can read, you can code!

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: via Zoom

Ages: 8 & up

Cost: $10.00

Registration Link: https://marketplace.unl.edu/extension/programs/code-campwebinar.html Instructor: Deb Weitzenkamp, Extension Educator

Project: Computer Mysteries 1

June 9th - Rabbit Showmanship

Grab your rabbit & learn how to hold your rabbit properly & how to organize & deliver a 4-H rabbit showmanship presentation.

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Extension Office yard

Ages: 5 & up

Cost: $3.00

Bring: Your rabbit

Instructor: Brett Kreifels, Extension Educator Sarpy- Douglas County Project: Rabbits or Clover Kid Animal Caretaker

June 11th - Tractor Safety Training

All youth aged 14 and 15 who work on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course to obtain a Farm Husbandry Permit or "farm permit" without further testing.


Successful completion of this training will allow youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, and connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor. Students of any age over 13 may complete the driving course in any of the following locations after successful completion of the online class:

June 11 - Cass County Fairgrounds, 8420 144th St, Weeping Water

Contact: Sandy Prall, 402-269-2205 or sprall2@unl.edu

Cost of instruction and materials: $40 - for textbook and login information for online course

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June 11th - Animals Inside & Out

Come explore different types of livestock body systems, learn about different uses & breeds of livestock, & careers in animal science. Don't forget to bring a sack lunch.

Time: 9:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Extension Office

Ages: 11 & up

Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

Project: Veterinary Science

June 14th - Pillowcase Fever

Make a standard size pillowcase and learn basic sewing skills, plus learn how to use a serger.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Extension Office

Ages: 10 & up

Cost: $5.00

Bring: 7/8's yard for the body of the pillowcase (Fabric A), ½ yard for the cuff (Fabric B), 1/8 yard for the trim band (Fabric C). See pillowcase diagram.

Required Sewing Tools: Matching thread, pins, seam ripper, and scissors. Preshrink your fabrics by washing them in washing machine and drying in dryer. Remove from dryer, straighten and press. 4-H members can use the 4-H Council sewing machines.

Instructor: Jan Brandt, 4-H Volunteer

Project: STEAM Clothing 1

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June 14 - Let's Learn to Paint

Learn to paint using a step-by-step painting method with acrylic paints. Leave with a finished painting.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 8 & up

Cost: $15.00

Instructor: Connie Buskohl from Let’s Paint Runaways

Projects: Portfolio Pathways

June 14th - Simple Table Runner

This workshop has a waiting list


Make a simple table runner 13" x 40".

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Extension Office

Ages: 9 & up

Cost: $5.00

Bring: Two coordinating fabrics - one needs to be 1/2 yard and the other 1/4 yard (the 1/4 yard will be surrounded by the 1/2 yard of fabric), matching thread, pins, and a seam ripper. 4-H members can use a 4-H Council sewing machine.

Instructor: Jan Brandt, 4-H Volunteer

Project: STEAM Clothing 1

June 14th - Sheep Showmanship

The Otoe County Fair will be here soon & we want you to do your best! You will practice your sheep showmanship skills, get tips & hands-on instructions for daily care & fitting your lamb for show. Make sure to wear close-toed shoes - NO FLIP FLOPS!

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: OK Pavilion

Ages: 5 & up

Cost: $3.00

Instructors: Dale Francis, Sheep Superintendent & Mike Wieckhorst, 4-H Volunteer

Projects: Sheep, Clover Kid Animal Caretaker

June 16 - Pencil Drawing

Learn, practice or improve upon your pencil drawing techniques! Take home a new sketch!

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 8 & up

Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Pam Pfeiffer, 4-H volunteer

Project: Sketchbook Crossroads

June 18 - Bread Baking Basics

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Learn how to make different types of yeast breads.

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: St Johns UCC, 511 7th St, Syracuse

Ages: 9 & up

Cost: $5.00

Instructor: Amanda Fass, 4-H volunteer

Project: Cooking 301

June 18 - Charcoal Drawing

Learn, practice or improve upon your charcoal drawing techniques! Take home a new sketch! Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 8 & up

Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Pam Pfeiffer, 4-H volunteer

Project: Sketchbook Crossroads, Portfolio Pathways

June 21st - Swine Showmanship

Learn basic skin care techniques, how to fit your hog for the show ring, & practice your showmanship skills, get hands-on instruction, & have your questions answered. Tips will be given so you can work at home to ensure your animal is ready for the fair. Make sure to wear close toed shoes - NO FLIP FLOPS!

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: OK Pavilion

Ages: 5 & up

Cost: $3.00

Instructors: Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

Project: Swine, Clover Kid Animal Caretaker

June 22nd - Clover Kid Day

Come put your creativity to work. Create projects to enter in the fair such as a Family Tree, an About Me Poster, decorate a Picture Frame and make a one of a kind t-shirt.

Time: 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. or 1:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Cost: $10.00

Location: Kimmel Event Center

Ages: 5 - 7

Instructor: Deb Weitzenkamp, Extension Educator; Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant, Cheryl Goff, Office Manager & 4-H Council Members

Project: Clover Kid Projects: Beyond the Needle, Family Celebrations Around the World, Just Outside the Door, & Making Foods for Me

June 24th - Exploring Soils

Soil type is an important factor for successful gardening. Learn about what your garden's soil is made of, start your own compost in a bag, and create an edible soil profile!

Time: 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 10 & up

Cost: $5.00

Instructor: Larry Arnold, Master Gardner & 4-H Volunteer and Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

Project: Any Gardening Project

June 25th - Paper Basket Weaving

Channel your inner recycling, engineering and art skills as we turn newspapers into a useful basket!

Time: 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 10 & up

Cost: $5.00

Instructor: Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

Project: Design My Place, Design Decisions

June 25th - I SPY

Youth please bring a clean, dry, plastic, see-through container.

Some examples to use:

· parmesan cheese container

· peanut butter jar

· water bottle

Lids of items will be permanently glued so that youth do not choke on items inside the “I Spy” container. The office will supply trinkets & rice! If you have specialty items they want to include, please bring them!

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 A.m.

Location: Extension Office

Ages: 8 & up

Cost: FREE!

Instructor: Deb Weitzenkamp, Extension Educator

Project: Human Developement

June 30th - Intro to Entomology

Learn the basics of entomology and putting together a 4-H insect collection, from a trained Entomologist. The session will include: introduction to entomology terms & common insect orders (ID), how to collect insects, specimen processing, storage and preparation, and hands-on entomology activities

Bring: a sack lunch & water bottle. Part of the class will be outside (weather permitting) so dress appropriately.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Fair Center

Ages: 8 & up

Cost: $5.00

Instructor: Julie Van Meter, Nebraska Department of Ag State Entomologist & 4-H Volunteer Project: Entomology, Insectigator

July 1st - Beef Showmanship

Practice your showmanship skills, get hands-on instructions with market beef or a bucket calf, & have your questions answered. Learn how to follow the Otoe County Fair Blow & Go fitting program. Tips will be given so you can work at home to ensure your animal is showmanship ready at fair time. Make sure to wear close-toed shoes - NO FLIP FLOPS!

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: OK Pavilion

Ages: 5 & up

Cost: $3.00

Instructor: Ryan and Darin Beach; Beef Superintendents and Erin Steinhoff, 4-H Extension Assistant

Projects: Beef, Clover Kid Animal Caretaker

Nebraska Extension in Otoe County

Deb Weitzenkamp, Unit Leader, Extension Educator, deb.weitzenkamp@unl.edu

Erin Steinhoff, Extension Assistant, erin.steinhoff@unl.edu

Cheryl Goff, Office Manager, cheryl.goff@unl.edu