The 4-H Update

May 26, 2023

This Week's Deadlines and Events

May 30 - Table Topper's Workshop

Learn more about this annual contest at our free workshop. The workshop is free and open to all youth ages 5-18.

Sign up at

See more tips to prepare for this contest here.

Horsemanship level testing - May 31

All 4-H Horse exhibitors!

We will be having a Horsemanship level testing available May 31st at Cass County Fair Grounds. If you are interested please fill out this form below. This is a chance to get all of your reequipments done before the due date of June 1st. If you have any questions reach out to Alaina Kauffman @

June 1 - State Horse Show entries

4-H State Horse Show entries are open! The deadline is Thursday, June 1st!

Hippology and Horse Judging entries will be due through SAME entry process and deadline. For more info. contact Alaina at, 402-444-4092

June 2 - Sign up for our Recycled Art Summer Workshop

When: Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Time: 9 am to noon

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

Register by June 2 at:

Questions? Email Katherine at

During this workshop, youth will have the chance to create different projects: wall hanging, magazine bookmarks, junk journal, cork art, and a gnome friend. Visit here for a description of the stations. Ideal for kids 8 and older.

Register for the workshop here Choose only as many stations that you think your youth will complete during the three-hour workshop. Each station has its own price.

A minimum of 5 registered youth is required to host the workshop.

Wildlife & Conservation Class

Ideal for 10-15, although the workshop is open to all youth 8-18. Clover Kids are welcome if they are accompanied by an adult.

When: Tuesday, June 21, 2023

Time: p am to 12 pm

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

Cost: $10 per youth

Register at:

Description: Are you interested in wildlife and nature? Do you wonder what animal made that track in your backyard? This is the workshop for you! During this workshop, youth will explore the basics of food chains, food webs, animal tracks, and wildlife conservation. Youth will design their own backyard habitat (a fair project!) and play a fun trivia game, plus much more. This workshop will really give them something to sink their teeth into! Join us on June 21 for a wild good time. Contact Katherine at with questions.

Looking for volunteer hours? We have a great opportunity for teens!

We're looking for four or five people to help with the workshop on June 13, from 9 AM to 12 PM. The workshop will take place at the Douglas-Sarpy Extension Office at 8015 W Center Rd., Omaha, NE 68124.This is a great opportunity for youth who need community service hours or grandparents who want to get out of the house for a few hours. Anyone 15 and older is encouraged to help out with the art workshop! If you're interested in helping, contact Katherine at

Feature of the Week

4-Her - Evelyn Post

This week's 4-Her of the week is Evelyn Post who had a Home Environment project Selected for State Fair. Supporting information is preferred for all Home Environment exhibits at the county fair. For exhibits chosen for the Nebraska State Fair, it is required. Information must include elements or principles of design used and steps taken to complete project. Tag templates can be found at

Do you have a notable 4-H moment? Upload your project pictures to be included in our newsletter at

Livestock Project - Horse Western Pleasure

The 4-H Western pleasure is a western style competition at horse shows that evaluates horses on manners and suitability of the horse for a relaxed and slow but collected gait cadence, along with calm and responsive disposition. The horse is to appear to be a "pleasure" to ride, smooth-moving and very comfortable. Lili Rischling with the 2022 Champion Horse Western Pleasure Project.

REMEMBER - 4-H State Horse Show entries are open! The deadline is Thursday, June 1st!

Static Project of the Week - Forestry

This week's project of the week is the new Forestry 4H Exhibit Classes and State Tree ID Contest. This is a time honored contest, as can be seen from our achieved picture from 1938!

Projects include:

D320009 - Forest Product Display,

D320010 - Forest Health Display,

D320011 - Wildfire Prevention Poster,

D320012 - Sustainable Landscape Diorama,

D320013 – Tree Planting Project Display.

See more details about these and other Forestry exhibits:

Youth can also participate in the State Tree ID Contest! Learn more at

Project Learning Tree is the approved curriculum for all Nebraska Forestry 4H, you can learn more about the curriculum at or reach out to me with any questions about which activities best support 4H fair exhibits.

Volunteer of the Week - Dawn Bodine

Thank you to our Food Superintendent, Dawn Bodine. When entering in the foods area, remember that exhibits should be entered using a disposable pan or plate and covered by a plastic self-sealing bag. The fair is not responsible for non-disposable containers, lost bread boards, China, or glassware.

Are you looking to volunteer with a 4-H event?

  • Clothing Area Superintendent to help keep things on track in the clothing area on August 1st, entry day.
  • 2 volunteers for the Table Toppers contest, June 29th (to help kids bring in their tables, watch the doors to the meeting rooms, provide activities for the families while waiting and assist the judges as needed. Also to help prepare the ribbons for the awards ceremony).
  • 2 volunteers for the Fashion Show judging day, July 13, (mainly to help read the narratives and call in contestants when it is their turn).
  • 1 volunteer for the clothing area to help attach ribbons and prepare items for display on entry day, August 1st , at the fairgrounds.

To volunteer please contact Stephanie at

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

YQCA - June 6

Nebraska 4-H requires all youth enrolled in livestock projects to complete annual quality assurance certification through Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA).

The website to register is:

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

YQCA Training Dates: June 6th at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds, in Springfield at 6:30 pm.

The following videos have been developed to help walk families through the process:

Help Video: Web-Based Training

Help Video: Instructor-Led Training

The help desk is your best option for any issues related to the platform

Participants need to sign up for the in-person training and there will be a pre and post test given to them that day. They will need to pay the $3 online before they come to the training. Their training will be complete when they have paid, attended the training and done the pre and post test.

Participants can take the course online ( for $12. Click on the word "Home" on the left of the green bar to get to the courses. Then scroll down to find your age appropriate course. After completing the online course, you will need to send a copy of your completion certificate to Brett ( You will access your certificate from the drop-down menu on your username by clicking "Course Certificates."

Participate in the Quilts of Valor Program

The Douglas-Sarpy 4-H program would like to encourage our youth to participate in the Quilts of Valor program.

A Quilt of Valor® (QOV) is a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted. It is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war. The Quilt says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.”

4-H members and volunteers can work alone or in groups to make the quilts. Perhaps you can find someone who will help donate fabric, batting or machine-quilting to complete your project. You may want to contact a service organization or other donors in your community to help provide funds for the Quilt of Valor. Learn more about the program at

Paddock Posse - June 9

Please join Douglas-Sarpy's Horseless Horse Club!

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

When: June 9 (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

Nature Night Walk

Families are invited to attend our annual Night Nature Walk

June 16, 2023

8:00 PM-11:00 PM

Schramm Park State Recreation Area

21146, NE-31, Gretna, NE 68028

Sign up at

4-H Quilt Club - June 20

When: Tuesday, June 20, 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.

Computer Coding Workshop - June 23

This engaging workshop will pique youth’s interest in computer science by exploring codes and programs using Ozobots! The Ozobot is a miniature robot with color sensors that allow it to follow lines and read color codes to complete commands. In this workshop, youth will learn what makes a robot a robot, use color coding to tell a story, and explore Ozoblockly – an online coding program to create sequential block coding. This workshop is ideal for youth K-5th grade.

When: Friday, June 23, 2023

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

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

Cost: $10 per youth (Cash, check or Credit Card acceptable). Please bring payment June 23.

Register at:

For more information, contact Ericka

Fair Information

2023 Fashion Show

Workshop registration (deadline 6/13)

Entry form (deadline 7/7 midnight)

See tips for preparing for the 2023 4-H Fashion Show here.

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

June 29 - Table Toppers

When: June 29, at 6:30 pm

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

Sign up for the Table Toppers Contest where youth get to select a theme and plan a well-balanced menu around the theme.

Horse and Livestock Information


Get your ID sheets at

Livestock, Poultry, Rabbit & Cavy - due June 15th.

For 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

Papio Valley Livestock Progress Show

Make plans to join us for the 37th Annual Papio Valley Livestock Show

Goat, Sheep & Beef Show • Saturday, June 24, 2023

Sarpy County Fairgrounds – Springfield, NE

Entry Fees: Beef & Bucket Calf- $25 per head • Sheep/Goat -$15 per head

Showmanship-FREE • Clover Kids-FREE • Sheep Lead -$15

**NEW** Pre-Entry of Livestock.

This year will be trying out a pre-entry system for the Livestock show. Please click on the link to pre-enter. Payment will be taken at the show.



NO Substitutions after submission

Learn more at

Fremont 4-H Expo! July 12-15

The Fremont 4-H Expo is open to 4-H Exhibitors from Burt, Butler, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington Counties. This year's Expo will be July 12-15, 2023.

Check out the schedule!

For more information, contact Brett at

Tack Cleaning Workshop

Get your tack cleaned before State Horse show. Come join Alaina as we clean tack together and get your tack in tip top shape.

When: July 11

Time: 5:30 pm

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

Register by July 1st.

Contact Alaina with questions

Statewide Opportunities

Diamond Clover Program

The Diamond Clover Program gives youth a structured opportunity to learn and practice skills that prepare them for success in the future. Participants earn rewards for setting goals, trying new things, and keeping records. All youth are invited to participate, regardless of enrollment. Learn more at

2023 Online Horticulture Judging Contest

Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 2-16, 2023 at:

Learn more about the contest at

4-H Youth Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the 2023 4-H Youth Leadership Conference! High school students, ages 14-18, are invited to Camp Comeca in Cozad from June 19-21 to gain real-world leadership skills. The experience is open to all youth, not just 4-H members! Register by June 4 to claim your spot. Visit to get started.

2023 4-H Dates

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

  • June 3 - BB Gun Contest, 10:00 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

  • June 4 - Leadership Camp Sign up Deadline

  • June 6, 6:30 pm - Quality Assurance

  • June 9, 5 pm - Paddock Posse Horseless Horse Club

  • June 10 - Archery Contest, 8 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

  • 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 19-July 14 - Summer Embryology

  • June 19-21 - 4-H Leadership Conference

  • 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, 1:30-3 pm - Computer Coding Workshop
  • June 23 - State 4-H Communications Event (including State 4-H Presentations and speech contest) - at University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • June 24 - Papio Valley Livestock Progress Show
  • 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 7 - Fashion Show Sign Up Due

  • July 11, 5:30 - 4-H Tack Cleaning Workshop

  • 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

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

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