The 4-H Update

Oct 28, 2022

2023 Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Ambassador Program - Applications Due Nov. 1


• Youth 14 - 18 years of age on January 1, 2023.

• Enrolled as a Douglas-Sarpy 4-H member.

• Must be an active member of 4-H, either independent or with a club for at least one full year prior to application.

• Up to FIVE 4-H Ambassadors will be selected annually.

• The program has an annual application process with an opportunity to re-apply annually if eligible.

Learn more and get the application

If you are having trouble getting the link to open, please contact Brett ( for an email copy.

Celebrating 2022

The Douglas-Sarpy 4-H program would like to announce the 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Kris Tevis

Premium checks are available for pick up at the Douglas-Sarpy central office (8015 West Center Rd, Omaha). Monday - Friday from 8-4:30 pm.

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.

Feature of the Week

4-H Project Idea - Sewing

Project Idea - Sew clothes! There are a variety of flexible sewing ideas for clothing based on sewing ability. Explore the fairbook at see what might work well for your child.

2022 Fairbook:

See more 2023 4-H project ideas at

4-Hers of the Week - Kennedy Parks

Friday feature 4-Her Kennedy Parks! At the 2022 fair, Kennedy won Reserve Champion Senior Rabbit Showmanship, Champion Senior Beef Showmanship, and Champion Senior Goat Showmanship. Great job Kennedy! Your leadership in the 4-H program is invaluable.

Learn more about showing goats from our experts at UNL at

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Mechanical Engineering Workshop

When: November 29, 2022

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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

Cost $15

In this engaging workshop, youth (ages 8 and older) will learn about mechanical engineering and apply skills learned to build cardboard automatas! Cardboard automata is a type of mechanical sculpture made of simple materials. As youth build, they can explore simple machine elements such as cams, levers, and linkages in a playful way. Join us as we bring stories and ideas to life with these cool mechanical sculptures that can be entered into fair!

Sign up

Winter Maker Day - Open to youth 5-18!

Connect, Discover, and Create this Holiday Season.

Winter Maker Day
When: Saturday, December 10, 2022

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

The first annual Maker Day, hosted by our 4-H program, will spark youth’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit! Youth will choose from three festive maker projects. This event is open to ALL Douglas and Sarpy youth ages 5-18. Youth ages 10 and under will need to bring a helper who is 16 years or older. Bring paint shirt or wear clothes that can get paint on them.

Registration and Payment due November 11, 2022
Registration Fee: $15 per youth
Pre-registration required

4-H Quilt Club

When: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 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.

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RSVP to this event at

There will be a light meal and fun prizes! Invite anyone who might be interested in becoming a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H program.

Clover Kid Club

Parents and children ages 5-7 are invited to be a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Clover Kid Program.

November's agenda - Learning about Nebraska's unique government (Unicameral) and we will start growing Avocados!

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 Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to preregister with Rachel at

Statewide Opportunities

Calling all volunteers!

Join us virtually on Sunday, November 6, to discover new opportunities for yourself and your 4-H youth, build connections with other volunteers in the area, and grow your skills working with young people! Please register at to help us plan appropriately.

Facebook Event:

More Information:

Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge - Sign up by Nov. 18

The Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge is a unique opportunity for teens to learn more about the Nebraska cattle industry and develop skills to help them lead that industry in the future. Applications are now open for youth interested in participating in 2023. Visit to learn more about this opportunity or to apply.

Nebraska Dairy Ambassador Program

The Dairy Ambassadors have the opportunity to connect with consumers and share dairy’s story while networking with their peers and industry professionals. The program is designed for college students (enrolled full-time in a Nebraska post-secondary school) and high school junior (11th grade) and senior (12th grade) students interested in promoting dairy.

Students can apply at, in the For Young Dairy Leaders tab/section, under Ambassador Programs then select Nebraska. More details can be found on the webpage plus the online application (APPLY NOW) is at the bottom of the program page. Online applications are due DECEMBER 15, 2022.

4-H Camp Update

Along with the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, Nebraska State 4-H Camp, and Nebraska 4-H Youth Development, we’d like to express our deep gratitude for the immediate response to the Bovee fire on October 2, 2022. We invite the firefighters, first responders, and all who have been friends of the Nebraska State 4-H Camp to join us on Sunday, November 6, in Dunning as we recognize the contributions of so many and honor the community that has supported the Nebraska State 4-H Camp for more than 60 years.

Please RSVP at to help us plan appropriately.

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2023-2024 Nebraska Poultry Education 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 Nebraska Poultry Education Scholarship. A total of eight $1,000 scholarships can be awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Learn more at

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.

Learn more and apply at

Nebraska Association of Fair Managers Scholarship

On Behalf of the Nebraska Association of Fair managers, we would like present the Don and Martha Romeo Scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education for the amount of $500 each. The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January.

Get your application here.

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