The 4-H Update

December 2, 2022

Upcoming Events

Clover Kid Club

Parents and children ages 5-7 are invited to be a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Clover Kid Program. December programming will include science experiments!

Clover Kid Dates: Dec. 6, Jan 10, Feb 7, 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

Horticulture 101- Houseplants - Sign up by December 16

Curious about learning more about the houseplant 4-H Project? Make plans to attend our Horticulture Workshop.

When: January 4, 2023

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

At this workshop, youth will learn about taking care of houseplants and how to make them look good for the fair. Youth will get to plant and take home their own houseplant to grow! Cost is $10 per youth.

Register and pay by December 16, 2022 at

4-H Quilt Club

When: Tuesday, December 20, 2022

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.

Feature of the Week

4-H Project Idea - Rocketry

Mark your calendars to participate in the 2023 Rocket Launch Contest!

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 1:00 PM-2:30 PM - Rocket Launch Workshop - Beginners

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 1:00 PM-3:30 PM - Rocket Launch Workshop - Advanced

Wednesday, July 5, 2023 4:00 PM-4:30 PM - Rocket Launch Forms due

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 3:30 PM-7:00 PM - Rocket Launch Contest

See more 2023 4-H project ideas at

Staff recognized for Excellence in Extension!

Our Imagine Science Build A Hut team received the 2022 Excellence in Extension for Exceptional Teaching and Learning.

The Build A Hut summer camp is geared towards youth entering 6-8th grade. If you would like to learn more about Build A Hut for Summer 2023, contact us today!

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Enroll in 4-H

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.

Statewide Opportunities

Special Garden Project

The 2023 Special Garden Project will focus on Mrs. Burns’ Lemon Basil. This herb can be used multiple ways. Lemon basil has a unique lemon flavor can be added to any recipe or used as a cut flower in arrangements to add scent and interest.

Youth should enroll for the Special Garden Project through 4-H Online. Once enrolled through 4-H Online, youth are then email Mary Dierks at to let us know they enrolled for the project. By enrolling through 4-H Online, youth will have access to the shared folder with the educational materials including the growing newsletter & evaluation.

Nebraska 4-H Summer Camp 2023 “Adventure Together”

Nebraska 4-H Summer Camp 2023

Adventure Together”

4-H Camp @ Chadron

June 5-9

Get ready for a week of epic adventure! We’ll explore the modern wilderness of Nebraska on horseback and by foot with a hike through the trees you’ve learned to identify while searching for tracks of native wildlife. We’ll also travel to the Agate Fossil Beds and explore what animals existed in prehistoric Nebraska 23 million years ago! Test your aim with an archery challenge course in the morning and cool off in the afternoon with a trip down the Super Slide!

4-H Camp @ Cozad

June 16-20

If you’re ready to challenge yourself this is the camp for you. High Ropes, Zip line, and Rock wall, oh my! Cheer on your new friends as you conquer the challenge course together. Teamwork makes the dream work while canoeing and getting up close with the aquatic life in Nebraska’s waterways. Get ready for the best game of gaga ball and 9 square in the air you’ve ever played, then finish your day with s’mores around the campfire.

4-H Camp @ Ashland

June 26-29

It’s time for an “in-tents” outdoor adventure at Mahoney State Park! We’ll be honing our survival skills while taking advantage of all the great things our state park has to offer! When we’re not cooking over the campfire, we’ll be exploring the forest from the tree canopy on the ropes course. Now that summer has officially started, we’ll cool down with a trip down the waterslide and a splash in the pool. Nothing makes memories like new friends and campfire songs!

4-H Camp @ Burwell

July 16-20

Let’s have a North Loup River adventure! This week we’ll explore the native flora and fauna by land and water. On land we’ll go geocaching, search for animal tracks to cast, and get to play an awesome game of capture the flag before gathering around the campfire for s’mores and songs. By water we’ll canoe down the Upper Loup, have a chance to go fishing, or splash around with our friends to beat the heat.

4-H Camp @ Louisville

July 27-30

Close out the summer with an “in-tents” experience at Platte River State Park! Together we’ll practice our archery skills, visit Crawdad Creek to investigate the aquatic life, and hike the waterfall trail. Don’t forget your water shoes so we can canoe down the Platte River and splash away the afternoon at the spray park! We’ll end the day with s’mores and songs, leaving camp with lifelong best friends!

2023-2024 J.H. & J.W. Claybaugh Memorial Scholarship

Nebraska residents, those attending school in Nebraska, or those interested in a career in poultry-based in Nebraska are encouraged to apply for the 2023-2024 J.H. & J.W. Claybaugh Memorial Scholarship. Application Deadline - January 13, 2023

Learn more and apply at

2023 4-H Dates

  • Market Beef Weigh Day, January 28th from 9 am-11 am, Cooper Farm

  • Bead Crafts: February 9, from 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Cooking Basics March 16, from 9 AM- 12 PM
  • Speech Workshop: March 23*

  • Speech Contest: April 27, 2023 3:00 PM-8:00 PM*

  • Presentation Workshop: May 18, 2023, 6:30-7:30 PM*

  • 4-H Table Toppers Workshop: May 30, 2023, 6:30-7:30 PM*

  • 4-H Shooting Sports Competitions June 2, June 3, and June 10*

  • Presentation Contest Entries due: June 13, 2023, 5 PM*

  • Discover Ancient Egypt June 13 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Art for Relaxation/Mindfulness June 21 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Presentation Contest: June 22, 2023*
  • June 21 and Thursday, June 22, 2023 - Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • State 4-H Communications Event (including State 4-H Presentations and speech contest) -June 23, 2023 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • Wildlife Conservation June 27 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Discover Art Around the World July 13 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Engineer an Empire: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome July 20 from 9AM-12 PM*
  • 4-H Table Toppers Contest: June 29, 2023 starting at 3 PM*

  • August 2-6, 2023 - Sarpy County Fair
  • Aug. 25 - Sep. 4, 2023 - Nebraska State Fair

*subject to change