About the 4-H Embryology School Enrichment Program

"4-H teaches science and life skills at school, home and on the Web".

About 4-H Embryology

Embryology is a 4-H School Enrichment Project supported by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County.

4-H Embryology teaches students about science and respect for life. Students hatch chicks in the classroom and witness the exciting miracle of life. Students take the responsibilities of caring for the fertilized eggs and then the chicks after they have hatched. Following each session, the hatched birds are given to local farmers.

In Lancaster County, Nebraska, Embryology is part of the Lincoln Public Schools core curriculum. Every third grade student in the school system takes part in the project. Many non-public and rural schools in the community also participate in this classroom project. Approximately 3,500 children in Lancaster County participate in Embryology each year.

Now you can take part in this interactive Embryology program with your family or classroom on-line. Watch chicks hatch, view photos of the embryos as they develop, and participate in fun activities.

If you are interested in helping support this educational program, contact Cole Meador at 402-441-7180.

Lancaster County, Nebraska
4-H Embryology Resources

Contact Information

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
in Lancaster County
Web site: lancaster.unl.edu
444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A,
Lincoln, NE 68528
| 402-441-7180


Hy-Line and Hy-Vac LogosChicken Embryo Photos: The embryo preparation, photos and text are by Dr. Gayner McDaniel, Poultry Science Department, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. These images appear on a poster that is provided to classrooms in Lancaster County, Nebraska using the 4-H School Enrichment Embryology project. Please contact G. McDaniel.

Hy-Line International and Hy-VAC for helping make the 4-H Embryology Project in Lancaster County a success by providing educational materials and supplies for classrooms.

Nebraska Poultries Industries, Lancaster County 4-H Council, and Lincoln Public Schools for supporting 4-H Embryology.