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Master Gardener Volunteer Training
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4-H Achievement Celebration Awards
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Nit Kits Program About Head Lice in Early Childhood Settings

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Arbor Day – Let’s Celebrate Trees

“In 2024, National Arbor Day will be celebrated April 26. Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton's great love for trees and his conviction that planting trees could help develop Nebraska were great factors in the holiday's observance in Nebraska,” says Extension Educator Sarah Browning. Read more in Horticulture News.

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No Periodical Cicadas in Nebraska Until 2032

While there is a lot of attention on the mass emergence of many 17-year cicadas this year, there will not be any periodical cicadas in Nebraska until 2032. We will still get to enjoy our “annual” cicadas. Extension Entomologist Kait Chapman explains more in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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Watch Chicks Hatch on 4-H EGG Cam

Witness the amazing process of chicks hatching on 4-H EGG Cam! Pipping (pecking through the shell) will take place for 1–6 hours before the chick emerges from the shell. Upcoming hatch dates are April 15–16. Watch on the EGG Cam web page.

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March/April Recipe of the Month — Crunchy Kohlrabi Salad

Extension Educator Emily Gratopp says, “March is National Nutrition Month. This recipe calls for a unique combination of a lesser-known vegetable — kohlrabi — along with apples and dried cranberries.” See recipe in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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Be Part of Something Big! Join 4-H!

4-H — America’s largest youth development organization — is a community of youth learning in partnership with caring adults! The Nebraska Extension 4-H youth development program is open to all youth ages 5–18. Adults — help youth grow by volunteering! Learn more about joining 4-H!

Monthly Heart of 4-H Award Winner

Kim Bowen

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Lancaster County 4-H is proud to announce Kim Bowen as winner of the April “Heart of 4-H Award” in recognition of outstanding volunteer service. Read about her contributions to 4-H!

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Meet One of Your Local Extension Experts

Hannah Schielke, Extension Assistant

Nutrition Education Program in Lancaster County

Hannah works with our Nutrition Education Program in Lancaster County. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health and Fitness and is pursuing a Master of Science in Youth Development. Hannah is funded by a grant known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed) that focuses on reaching limited-resource populations through direct education and Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) approaches. Hannah spends most of her time teaching 3rd-5th grade students and loves being around the youth. Double Up Food Bucks is a PSE approach that she promotes as well.

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