Nebraska Extension in the Central Sandhills

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4honline will be transitioning from 1.0 to 2.0, so 4honline will be shut down until November 8. We will send out emails letting you know when youth may again (re)enroll through the website once the Nebraska State 4-H Office makes it available. Shaniya Albertus the 4-H Assistant, will be in each county helping with enrollments.  Once enrollment has opened up, we will send out a email letting you know when she will be in your county. 

Join NFS and affiliated facilitators on the Third Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm to learn about how to better connect your students to the outdoors this school year. Each month will feature different topics that highlight various resources and activities you can use to promote environmental and STEAM education in your educational setting. Network with other passionate educators while gaining new teaching strategies for connecting youth in your life to the outdoors. This workshop series is focused on formal teachers, but is also great for afterschool educators, early childhood teachers, nonformal educators, and everything in-between.

It’s not too late to register for the Trees and Landscape Workshop planned for Central Community College in Hastings on Tuesday, October 19th from 9am to 4pm. This free workshop will explore the intersection of trees, lawns and ornamentals and how to create more resilient landscapes at campuses, parks and other public spaces. The workshop is targeted to landscape professionals, grounds managers, tree enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in landscape sustainability.

There will be a "Master Gardener Q&A" program on Tuesday, October 28th at 7:00 pm (CT) at the Extension Office in North Platte. This program is for anyone interested in joining Master Gardener, and help answer questions that they may have. Current Master Gardeners are encouraged to attend and share what each of you like about the program, and what you have gained from being a member. Also Master Gardener hours need to be turned in by the end of October for the state report.

Are you looking for high-quality STEM activities to engage upper elementary students this Fall? Nebraska 4-H Youth Development, in collaboration with Beyond School Bells and funded by the CARES Act, can provide a minimum of six (6) hours of STEM programming to childcare programs serving rural* school-age children in Grades 3-5**. STEM programs will be led by pairs of local high school students, designed and supported by University of Nebraska—Lincoln undergraduates and state-level Nebraska Extension 4-H staff.

This fall, we have three curriculum options:
The Power of the Wind
Garden Engineering
Mechanical Engineering (NEW!)

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for October in Stockville. It will be held October 23-24 at the Frontier County Fairgrounds in Stockville. The early bird deadline to register for this training is October 13th.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Six project areas will be offered at the Workshop - rifle, pistol, shotgun, coordinator, hunting skills, and archery.


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