Other Clinics & Workshops

Other Camps, Clinics & Workshops

6/4/21-6/21/21 - Online State Entomology ContestThe Nebraska 4-H Online Insect Identification Contest provides an opportunity for participants to put their entomological knowledge to the test. The contest consists of insect identification and multiple-choice questions. Participants will gain knowledge about insects and entomology through this competition. This contest can serve as practice for county contests and the state fair 4-H insect identification contests, or for a county fair contest.

The contest is open to all youth, as well as adults. Youth do not need to be enrolled 4-H members to participate. The contest will be available from Friday, June 4th through Monday, June 21st, 2021Flyer

6/24/2021 -  4-H Plant & Insect Identification Contests - Agricultural Park Exhibit Hall Club Room, Fairgrounds , Columbus, NE

6/7 -6/11/21 -  Tractor Safety Training -Teens 14 or 15 years of age who work on farms, or others who are interested in learning about safe farming practices, are encouraged to register for the Course.

Anyone under age 14 is not eligible to take the class, however, students who are 13 now and turn 14 before driving day may proceed with the online class.  Federal law prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. However, certification received through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with certain mechanized equipment. 

The online course will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, including quizzes which students must pass to attend the driving portion of training. Once a student is registered, they will be sent a training manual, course paperwork and a link to the online course. 

The onsite driving training and exam will include a driving test and equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. Students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. Instructors will also offer education about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and utility-task vehicles (UTVs). 

In order to protect students and trainers, the number of students on site will be limited to allow proper physical distancing.  Coordinators will schedule three per hour to drive.  All students and trainers will be required to wear a mask at all times during instruction and driving. Masks will be provided along with instructions for proper use. Equipment, steering wheels, control knobs, and hitches will be disinfected before and after each student completes his or her testing. Students who have had a fever or persistent cough within 14 days of testing will be required to reschedule their driving test. Additional driving tests may be added in August to accommodate students who are unable to attend the 5 scheduled trainings. 

Instructors for the course are members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, Ellen Duysen; UNMC graduate student Alyssa Damke; and Nebraska Extension Educators Troy Ingram, Randy Saner, and John Thomas. 

Cost of the modified course is $40 and includes educational materials, online learning, onsite learning, and supplies. More information on the 2020 Tractor Safety Course, as well as a registration form, can be found at kearney.unl.edu.

Driving dates, site locations, and site coordinator contact information is below: 

  • July 27 – Akrs Equipment, 49110 US Hwy 20 in O’Neill, contact Debra Walnofer, 402.336.2760, dwalnofer2@unl.edu 
  • July 28 – Legacy of the Plains Museum, 2930 Old Oregon Trail #8500 in Gering, contact Stacy Brown, 308.632.1480, sbrown7@unl.edu
  • July 29 - West Central Research & Extension Center, 402 West State Farm Rd., North Platte, contact Randy Saner or Vicki Neidhardt 308.532.2683, randy.saner@unl.edu or vicki.neidhardt@unl.edu
  • July 30 – Hall County Extension, 3180 W. Hwy 34, Grand Island, contact Nancy Usasz, 308.754.5422, nancy.usasz@unl.edu
  • July 31 – Cass County Fairgrounds, 8420 144th St, Weeping Water, contact Sandy Prall, 402.267.2205, sprall2@unl.edu 

For more information, contact the appropriate Extension staff member above.  Not every location is doing their own registrations, so please pay attention to contacts for each one.  Thank you!  Print version

6/9/21 - 4-H Plant Science Contest - Online Horticulture Contest

 7/1-7/3/21Youth Leadership Conference - Develop & Practice Leadership Skills, Explore Traditional Camp Activities High School Youth (age 14-18) - Nebraska State 4-H Camp- Halsey, NE - Schedule

7/7/21 -  5th Annual Agronomy Youth Field Day - See crop management & weed control DRONE demonstrations! FLY a drone thru an obstacle course! Learn if your soil is healthy.  Do your plants have diseases? These hands-on activities for both younger & older youth from across the state will happen at the 5th Annual Agronomy Youth Field Day in Curtis, NE on July 7, 2021. The youth field day will focus on drone weed control, planter technology, using drones for crop management, creating healthy soil, & plant disease ID.

11/12/21 - Understanding Annimal Behavior - Dr. Temple Grandin - Buffalo County Fairgrounds - In August 2018, the Kids & Dreams Foundation brought Dr. Temple Grandin to Kearney, and we had an amazing turnout of over 2,000 in attendance. However, we know the timing of this presentation was not ideal for many at the beginning of a school year.  By popular demand, we are bringing Dr. Grandin back so your group can have another chance to attend!  This presentation will be different from her talk in 2018, so you are welcome to attend a second time.  

Please share this information with your school FFA group, local 4-H groups, and any other youth or adults that are interested in knowing more about animal behaviors, humane treatment of animals, and practical methods for improving farm and ranch animal welfare.  This event is free of charge for all participants; a free will donation will be available.  

Please let us know if you have any questions.  If you will be bringing your group to this event, please RSVP to kerri@kidsanddreams.org by October 1st so we can plan seating accordingly