Plant Science Contests

In-Person Horticulture, Tree, Grass & Weed ID Contests

Open to all 4-H'ers from all counties, ages 9–18 (by Jan. 1 of the current year) — need not be enrolled in a horticulture project. Youth choose which contest(s) to participate in. Participants will be able to use a list of plants while identifying samples.

Date: Tuesday June 18, 2024 at 10 a.m.–Noon

Location: Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County Conference Rooms, 444 Cherrycreek Rd, Suite A, Lincoln

Registration deadline: Monday, June 17, 2024 by calling 402-441-7180.

Contest options include:

  • Tree Identification — identify tree samples. See “Tree Identification Manual” (4H332) for a list of trees that will be used.
  • Grass-Weed Identification — identify grass and weed samples.
  • Horticulture Contest — identify samples of vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs and landscape ornamentals. The plant list contains plants commonly used or sold in Nebraska.
Lancaster County 4-H Online Tree and Grass & Weed ID Contests

Open to all youth and adults. Enrollment in 4-H is not required to participate. The 2024 contests will be open from Friday, June 7, 9 a.m. through Friday, June 21, 9 a.m.

Rules and links to participate

Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest

A statewide online Horticulture Judging Contest which tests 4-H'ers knowledge in three areas: general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion. The 2024 contest will be held Friday, June 7, 8 a.m. through Friday, June 21, 8 a.m.).

Rules and link to participate

Plant Science Contest Resources

Tree ID Contest Study Resources:

Weed and Grass ID Contest Study Resources:

Horticulture Contest Study Resources:

Lancaster County Super Fair

County & State Fair Resources

4-H members and volunteers should use these resources to help prepare plant exhibits for Lancaster County Super Fair and Nebraska State Fair Contests.

Lancaster County 4-H website with  Fair Book, Resources, Forms and Fair Results/Photos

Selecting and Preparing Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruit or Exhibits at County Fairs and the Nebraska State FairNebraska Extension free online publication (pdf)

Preparing Cut Flowers for Exhibits at County Fairs and the Nebraska State Fair, Nebraska Extension free online publication (pdf)

Showing Flowers and Vegetables at the Lancaster County Super Fair, Lancaster County 4-H handout (pdf)

NebGuide G1853 "Propagating House Plants, Listing of common houseplants found in Nebraska.