The 4-H Update

Oct 7, 2022

End Of Year Celebration - October 18, 2022

4-Hers and their families are invited to join the 4-H council in celebrating a great year of 4-H events and competitions. The night will include recognition of accomplishments throughout the year, Diamond Clover recipients, Club of Excellence, Volunteer of Excellence, and 4-Her of the Year.

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Where: Sarpy County Fairgrounds

Premium checks will be available to be picked up from 6:00-7:00PM prior to the celebration or 8:00-8:30PM after the ceremony. The celebration will be include a light meal from 6:30-7:00PM.

Upcoming Deadlines

Vote for our annual awards by October 7, 2022

For more information, contact Katherine (

4-H Fire Safety Event - Sign up by TODAY October 7, 2022

When: October 14, 2022

Time: 9 am to noon

Where: 8015 West Center Road, Omaha


Open to all youth!

Questions can be directed to Katherine

Feature of the Week

4-H Project Idea - Build a Bird House

A woodworking article, such as a Bird House, would be entered into our Science, Engineering & Technology Department.

Item made using skills learned in the Making the Cut project guide. Examples include: birdhouse, foot stool, and napkin or letter holder. Items should be entered with construction plans. Learn more at

4-Hers of the Week - Archer and Flint Antonson

Archer and Flint Antonson are featured with their Home Environment projects that were selected for state fair.

State fair premium checks will also be available at our End of the Year banquet on Oct. 18. Great job and congrats to all who exhibited at State Fair.

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

Upcoming Events

What Workshops Would You Like?

Please take a few minutes to fill our our workshop interest survey.

The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Contact Katherine at with any questions.

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.

Explorers of the Deep 4-H STEM Challenge Workshop

When: October 25 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Counties is located at 8015 West Center Road, Omaha.

Cost FREE - but must pre-register by emailing Tiffany ( by 10/24

Grades: 3-8

In this engaging workshop, youth (ages 8 and older) will explore this year's 4-H STEM Challenge kit, Explorers of the Deep. There will be 3 activities in which youth will participate in Explorers of the Deep consists of three activities listed below:

  • Ocean Robot Test Tank is an activity where youth learn how to “ballast” their ocean robot by adding weights to replicate the sinking and floating behavior of a real ocean robot. They will investigate data collected by ocean robots and learn about the value of ocean exploration.
  • Ocean Expedition is a board game where youth navigate their ocean robot around the world while learning key ocean concepts. Topics include aquaculture, climate change, innovation, human impact and the ocean ecosystem.
  • Ocean Communicator is an activity in which young people investigate challenges that ocean scientists, engineers and technologists are currently exploring. They design and advocate for innovations and technical solutions that inspire public action.
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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

Statewide Opportunities

2023 Youth Leadership Conference Ambassadors

Nebraska 4-H is accepting applications for the 2023 Youth Leadership Conference Ambassadors! Ambassadors serve on the planning committee for the 4-H Youth Leadership Conference, which will be held June 16-28 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp. The Ambassador program is open to all youth ages 14-18, and applicants do not need to be enrolled 4-H members. Applications are due by Friday, October 14. Learn more at

Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee!

Are you a parent, 4-H leader, horse trainer, or volunteer that would like to be more involved in the 4-H Horse program? Check out the Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee!

We are looking for passionate and involved people to add to our committee. The Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee serves as a group of representatives who provide guidance, solicit support, and assist in carrying out program activities in the interest of the 4-H youth development and horse program.

Read more about the Horse Advisory Committee at:

Applications are open from October 3rd to October 31st at 5pm central time.

2023 4-H Dates

  • 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*

  • 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
  • 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