The 4-H Update

March 31, 2023

This Week's Deadlines and Events

Companion Animal Challenge - Due April 1

Don’t forget! Virtual Companion Animal Challenge entries, including essays, art, photography, and demonstrations, are due Saturday, April 1. The online dog and cat trivia contests will be available from April 10-16. Learn more at

Clover Kid Club - April 4

Children ages 5-7, and parents are invited to be a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Clover Kid Program. Our April meeting will talk about pollinators!

Clover Kid Dates: 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

Poultry & Rabbit Informational Meeting - April 4

Please make plans to join us for the Poultry & Rabbit Informational Meeting.

When: Tuesday, April 4th, 6:30 pm

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

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

Feature of the Week

Project of the Week - Write a speech!

The only way to learn good public speaking skills is to give one!

A good speech will have:

  1. The INTRODUCTION captures the attention of the audience. It introduces the central thought of the speech and appeals to the interests of the audience.
  2. The BODY presents the major points through discussion and examples. This is the longest section of the speech.
  3. The CONCLUSION restates the central thought and summarizes the major highlights of the speech. This is the “final thought,” the high point and the last chance to impress the audience.

More tips for writing a great 4-H speech can be found here.

Sign up for this year's Communication Contest.

The 4-H Communications Contest is a combination of the 4-H Public Speaking and Presentations Contests. For 4-Hers 5 and up.

When: April 27, 5-8 pm

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

Sign up at

See the 4-H speech score sheet here.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR - 4-Hers will need to give the judge a typed up copy of the speech on the day of the contest.

4-Her of the Week - Tristian Wright

This week's 4-Hers of the week is Tristian. Tristian has shown his cat, Cookie, in 4-H for 4 years and won Reserve Champion last year. The great thing about the 4-H Companion Animal show is that the animal doesn't have to be a special breed. Cookie is a farm cat turned spoiled house cat. The requirements for this show, a short speech about the animal, and cats/ferrets need to have a vaccination form filled out by their vet. This year's Companion Animal Contest is April 15!

See the score sheet for the companion animal contest in the fairbook here.

Get the vaccination form here.

Do you have a notable 4-H moment? Email them to Rachel at

Companion Animal Contest - Sign up by April 7

When: April 15, 2023

Time: Check in starts at 8:30 am, show starts at 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). See the fairbook and score sheet to see what the judge is looking at here.

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.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Award

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Award is a prestigious award designed to recognize 4-H Clubs for their efforts to serve their communities. This award provides funding for 4-H Clubs to complete projects that will have a lasting impact on their communities. Projects should be intentional and impactful, growing club members as leaders and fulfilling a need in their community. Learn more at

Recycle Art Workshop - Sign up April 7

Recycled Art Workshop

Date: Thursday, April 13

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

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

Cost: $10/youth

Registration due by April 7

Registration link:

During this workshop, youth will create a recycled art project out of old corks. Using the corks, they will create a design and then decorate it. They will get to take home their own, unique creation! All materials will be provided. Please note that we will be using hot glue guns during the workshop. Questions? Email Katherine at

Registration requirements minimum: 5 - maximum: 20

Sign up for Build A Hut By April 14

Build A Hut is BACK and recruiting youth in 6-8th grade for the Summer Camp!

This Award-winning program is FREE to all interested youth with 4-H membership.

Registration ends on April 14, 2023.

Click the link below to sign up today!

Apply to Work With Us by April 14

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 Quilt Club - April 18

When: Tuesday, April 18, 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.

Paddock Posse - April 21

Please join Douglas-Sarpy's Horseless Horse Club!

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

When: April 21 (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

4-H Council Scholarships

High School Senior Scholarship:

The Douglas/Sarpy 4-H Council will be selecting four current 4-H members, who are seniors in high school, to receive college scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 21, 2023

Camp Scholarships:

The Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Council will be selecting current 4-H members to receive camp scholarships. This scholarship may be used for any 4-H, Big Red or University of Nebraska-Lincoln sponsored program or any 4-H Project Camp. Deadline to apply is April 21,2023

4-H Alumni Scholarships:

The Douglas/Sarpy 4-H Council will be selecting four Douglas/Sarpy alumni 4-H members to receive college scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 21, 2023.

Sign up for the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Petting Zoo at Earth Day

4-Hers are invited to bring their animals and to be available during this year's petting zoo. The 4-H program ask that youth bring smaller animals (ideally those that can be held)

When: April 22, 2023 (sign up for a specific time below)

Where: Elmwood Park, Omaha.

Youth can bring a small pen for their animals if they would like, please also bring a chair, sunscreen, and wear a 4-H shirt.

Please note: Large livestock are not recommended for this event.

Sign up at

For more information, please contact 4-H Council member Amy at

Our 4-H Ambassadors will also be there presenting Garden in a Glove. Even if you don't participate in the petting zoo, come say hi and enjoy all the activities and Earth Day.

Foundation Grants

The Friends of Extension Foundation invites grant proposals from 4-H volunteers and program participants, and third parties who are directly partnered with Douglas and Sarpy County Extension.

Grant are due April 30, 2023, apply online:

Start a Club Informational Zoom Meeting - May 10

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: May 10, 2023

Time: 6-7 PM


Summer Events and Deadlines

Computer Coding Workshop - June 23

Many of the devices we use today require code or computing programming. Coding can be made easy and FUN with the help of Ozobots, and your local 4-H staff! Join us for the next 4-H Coding workshop

When: Friday, June 23, 2023

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

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

This workshop is ideal for youth K-5th grade. Sign up will be available May 1.

Fair Information

Shooting Sports Fair Competition - Sign up by May 15

  • Air Rifle Contest: Friday, June 2, 5:00 PM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds
  • BB Gun Contest: Saturday, June 3, 2023, 10:00 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds
  • Archery Contest: Saturday, June 10, 8 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

Entry forms are due on May 15, 2023. Register for the contest by filling out this Google form: After the contest entry due date, relay times will be assigned and sent via email. The full rules for the contests are available on the fair book.

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

Looking for ways to support our 4-H Youth?

2023 Livestock Booster Info. here.

2023 4-H Council plaque donation information here.

Volunteer with the 4-H Council by contacting Brett Kreifels, Urban Program Coordinator at

Horse and Livestock Information

Hippology Workshop May 1

Learn more about how you can get competitive with your horse knowledge! Join Bre Wilkinson, a Douglas-Sarpy 4-H alum, talk about her experiences in Hippology and why you should get involved.

When: May 1, 2023

Time: 6 pm

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

Registration required by April 26 at

Learn all about the ins and outs of the Hippology Contest but at state and county levels. Contact Alaina with questions

YQCA Training Dates

YQCA Training Dates:

  • Tuesday May 16th at UNL Extension office; 8015 W. Center Rd. Omaha 68124 at 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday June 6th at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds, in Springfield 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.

Livestock Tag Information

2023 Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Livestock Tag chart here.

For more information, contact Brett Kreifels, Urban Program Coordinator 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

Come Learn with Carla Wenburg

We’re excited to offer a new 4-H horsemanship clinic series!

Come learn with Carla Wenburg – an experienced horseman, clinician, and judge. These clinics will give youth an opportunity to work on horsemanship and training maneuvers – great practice for the State 4-H Horse Show! Registration fees must be sent by Friday, May 5. Register now at

Register for our Intro. to Basic Horse Management Clinics

Introductory virtual horse clinic will be Wednesdays May 3, 10, 17, & 24 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. CT

New 2023 topics include: Equine First Aid, Managing/Minimizing Vices, Biosecurity and Bits.

Interactive Kits will include, mini equine first aid kit, printed material, & beginning horsemanship online course codes.

Deadline to sign up to receive kits by the start of the workshop is April 17th. You may still sign up to participate all the way up to April 24th but we can only guarantee arrival of your kit prior to the start date if signed up by the 17 of April.

Cost to participate in this workshop: $50

Register at: or

Any questions, please contact Grace Kim 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 Great Plains Livestock Judging

We're excited to announce the schedule for the 2023 Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit hosted here in the great state of Nebraska!

For more information:

Big Red Camps will be June 11-16, 2023.

Through Big Red Camps, students have the opportunity to develop new skills, prepare for college, stand out in college applications, explore potential careers, and meet like-minded peers in a safe and structured environment. Registration is now open! Learn more at

2023 4-H Dates

  • April 4 - 6 pm - Clover Kid Club

  • April 15 - Companion Animal (including Cat show).

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

  • May 2 - 6 pm - Clover Kid Club

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

  • May 15 -Shooting Sports Reg. due at

  • May 16 -Quality Assurance

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

  • June 2 - Air Rifle Contest, 5:00 PM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds
  • June 3 - BB Gun Contest, 10:00 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

  • June 6 - Quality Assurance

  • 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 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 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 11, 2023, 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

Learn more

The Nebraska 4-H Glossary

4-H Shooting Sports information here.

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