The 4-H Update

March 3, 2023

This Week's Events

Clover Kid Club - March 7

Children ages 5-7, and parents are invited to be a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Clover Kid Program. March programming will be about nature and making a rain stick with Katherine from the 4-H office.

Clover Kid Dates: 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

Companion Animal Question and Answer Session - March 7

4-H members and families interested in learning more about the Companion Animal Contest (formerly small pet show and cat show) are invited to attend a question and answer session. Families will learn about requirements and can get help working on their presentation for the contest.

When: March 7, 2023

Time: 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

Cooking 101 Workshop - Sign up by March 9

During this workshop, youth will learn about basic cooking science. They will learn how to make quick bread muffins, smoothies, and trail mix.

When: March 16, 2023,

Time: 9 am to noon

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

Cost: $15 per youth.

Ages 8-18 welcome, but registration space is limited.

Register by March 9 at

Email Katherine at if you have questions.

Feature of the Week

4-Her of the Week - Ava Caldwell

This week's 4-Her of the week is Ava Caldwell! Ava (front row, second from the left) walked the Omaha Fashion Week runway during the Metropolitan Community College Student Night.

Nineteen 4-H'ers from across Nebraska qualified to be in the student show. Thanks to SOHO Academy for preparing the models with professional make-up and hair styles.

Big picture

Project of the Week - Diamond Clover

It’s time to work on those Diamond Clover plans! This program encourages youth to engage in a variety of age-appropriate experiences and rewards youth for trying new things, setting goals, and keeping records. Learn more and find planning forms at

See more 2023 4-H project ideas at

Nebraska 4-H Glossary

The Nebraska 4-H Glossary provides general terminology and language used within the Nebraska 4-H program. Check it out at

Upcoming Events

4-H Rabbit Show, March 18

The 4-H Spring Rabbit Show will be held on Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m. at the Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds – Exhibit Hall. Open to all youth ages 8–18, with a Clover Kids class for youth ages 5–7. This is a great opportunity for youth to talk to other 4-H’ers about where to purchase a good rabbit for a 4-H project, to learn and practice showmanship. Rabbit Quiz and Breed Identification contests are free for youth to enter! New this year, the knowledge contests are open to adults for a minimal fee!

Check out the show flyer at

For questions, contact Kate Pulec at or 402-441-7180.

See an showmanship example at

SOAR Workshop Series - March 18

The SOAR Workshop Series provides youth and their canine companion with an opportunity to develop and practice Showmanship, Obedience, Agility, and Rally skills under the guidance of experienced clinicians. While youth will benefit from participating in each workshop in the series, it is also not required. We encourage youth to join any of the workshops even if they cannot attend them all. More information and upcoming workshop details are available at

New 4-H Member Zoom - March 21

When: March 21, 6-7 pm

Where: Zoom link will be sent after you register in advance at:

Want to know more about 4-H? Youth and parents are invited to attend this free Zoom meeting to learn about Douglas-Sarpy 4-H and the ways you can get involved. This meeting will provide you with the resources you need to start your family's 4-H story. Questions? Email Katherine at

Start a Club Informational Zoom Meeting

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


4-H Quilt Club - March 21

When: Tuesday, March 21, 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.

Communications Contest Workshop

Date: March 23

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

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

Registration Link:

Come to this FREE workshop to learn more about the Communications Contest (combined Public Speaking and Presentation Contests). We will go over the rules and guidelines for the contest, offer tips and tricks, and help youth brainstorm what they want to give their presentation or speech on. Questions? Email Katherine at Sign up by March 21.

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 -

Companion Animal Contest - April 15

When: April 15, 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). Watch future newsletters for a speech template.

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.

Sign Up for the NEW Communications Contest

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

When: April 27, 5-8 pm

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

For 4-Hers 5 and up.

Sign up at

Tips for writing a great 4-H speech can be found at

Summer Contests

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

Livestock Information

Livestock Tag Information

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

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

4-H Livestock Achievement Program

The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points.

Applications/Sign up are due June 15th through the link on the website. Plan and Reports, as well as Project Records will be due August 1st by submitting as attachments to an email sent to

Youth completing the achievement program and receiving member of excellence recognition in the various species will be recognized during the Parade of Champions, 4-H weekend at the Nebraska State Fair.

For more information about the program or the process, go to: Livestock Achievement Program | Nebraska 4-H (

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.

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:

Statewide Opportunities

Virtual Companion Animal Challenge - Due April 1

Virtual Companion Animal Challenge entries, including essays, art, photography, and demonstrations, are due by Saturday, April 1, and the online dog and cat trivia contest will be available from April 10-16. Learn more at

4-H Volunteer Recognition Awards - Due March 15

Nebraska 4-H is now accepting nominations for a new awards program to recognize the outstanding contributions of 4-H volunteers across the state.

The Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Recognition Awards honors adult and youth volunteers, as well as and multi-generational families, who have provided meaningful contributions to Nebraska 4-H. One Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award and One Emerging Adult Volunteer Award winner will be chosen for each of the state’s 11 Nebraska Extension Engagement zones. One statewide winner will be named in the each of the youth volunteer and multi-generational family categories.

Nominations can be submitted by any 4-H member, family, supporter, or Extension staff member. More information, along with the nomination form, is available online 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

Mark your calendars–Big Red Camps will be June 11-16, 2023.

Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. By participating in a camp youth get the opportunity to explore the Nebraska campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have a lot of fun!

During the week-long camps, participants will work with our university faculty to explore the topic of their particular camp, like filmmaking or crop science. After spending several fun-filled days on campus, participants' families are invited to attend a special capstone event where youth showcase their achievements.


2023 4-H Camp

Registration for the 2023 4-H camp season is open! There are a limited number of spots available this year, so we recommend that families register as soon as possible. Session information and registration can be found at

Thanks to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and our generous donors the Nebraska State 4-H Camp has scholarships available for the 2023 season!

Visit to apply.

2023 4-H Dates

  • March 7 from 6-7 pm - Clover Kid Club

  • March 7 from 7-8 pm - Companion Animal Informational Meeting
  • March 16, from 9 am- 12 pm - Cooking Basics
  • March 18 - Lancaster Rabbit Show
  • March 23* - Speech and Demonstration Contest Workshop

  • March 25 - UNL Chick Days -

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

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

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

  • May 16 -Quality Assurance

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

  • June 2 - Air Rifle Contest

  • June 3 - BB Gun Contest

  • June 6 - Quality Assurance

  • June 10 - Archery Contest

  • 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 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 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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