The 4-H Update

Oct 14, 2022

2023 Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Ambassador Program


• 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.

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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. No RSVP needed.

Tractor Supply's Paper Clover

Fall is here, and Paper Clover season is in full swing! Now through October 16, head to your nearest Tractor Supply Co. store to get your #4HPaperClover at checkout. 100% of funds raised through the Paper Clover campaign directly benefit 4-H youth. In fact, 90% of donations directly support 4-H youth in the state where the funds were raised, and the remaining 10% supports the overall mission and growth of 4-H nationally. Learn more about 4-H’s partnership with Tractor Supply at

Upcoming Deadlines

Mechanical Engineering Workshop

When: November 29 from 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!

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Feature of the Week

4-H Project Idea - Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship exhibits help participants learn more about starting a business, developing, products, and marketing strategies. Participation in this category will give 4-H'ers experience in the entrepreneurial world. The purpose of entrepreneurship exhibits is to help 4-H'ers prepare for the business world.

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4-Hers of the Week - Grant Meister

Grant Meister is pictured with his Sunflower, which was selected for State Fair.

Exhibitors whose exhibits are selected for State Fair may exhibit vegetables, fruits, flowers or herbs as a substitute from ANY class unless it is designated *The following classes are not eligible for State Fair consideration*. For example, if your State Fair selection was sunflowers, you may substitute Zinnias if you need to.

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Recycled Art Workshop - Sign up by Oct. 21

When: November 4, 5:30-7:30 PM

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

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

Explorers of the Deep 4-H STEM Challenge Workshop

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

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

Winter Maker Day - Open to youth 5-18!

Connect, Discover, and Create this Holiday Season.

Winter Maker Day
When: Saturday, December 10, 2022 / 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

Nebraska Young Artist Awards

The Hixson Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts is now accepting applications for Nebraska Young Artist Awards! This program recognizes high school juniors who demonstrate talent in arts, music, dance, theatre, film, or emerging media. Award recipients are invited to a special campus visit that includes an awards ceremony, activities, career exploration, and networking. Learn more at

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.

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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.

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

Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Certified Leader

Interested in becoming a Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Certified Leader? All 4-H volunteers leading a Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports program must attend a Leader Certification Workshop, and there happens to be some coming up this fall! Visit to see all the upcoming workshops. Learn more about leader certification 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.

The selection of the scholarship recipients will be made by the NAFM Scholarship

Committee whose members will consider the following:

1. Each applicant must have exhibited his/her 4-H projects in a County Fair or at the State Fair within the last four years.

2. Each applicant must hold a 2.5 high school grade point average (based on a 4.0 system). Each applicant must also maintain a 2.5 grade point average for the first semester in college and carry at least 12 credit hours.

3. Each applicant must agree to apply the scholarship funds for tuition or fees at a two or four year college or its equivalent, to be judged by the committee.

4. Each applicant must have demonstrated support for his/her school and community.

5. Each applicant must exhibit during the application process a desire to achieve the goals of which he/she is capable.

6. Financial need will not be considered in the selection process.

7. One male and/or female finalist will be selected by the 4-H award committee in each local Extension Office.

8. Recipients are requested to personally accept the award at the Nebraska Fair Managers Convention.

Get your application here.

2023 Youth Leadership Ambassadors App Due Today

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