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As a proponent of outdoor and STEM education, I also advocate for toys that provide appropriate and beneficial learning experiences for children while fostering their developing brains.  … more
February is finally here, after what seems like a never-ending January.  Many of us are looking forward to Valentine’s Day as we think about people or things we love. Have you ever … more
The American volunteer rates are amongst the highest in the world.   It’s true that fire departments, libraries, museums, schools, and many other organizations could not function without … more
​Happy New Year and 2024! I hope your new year is off to a great start, other than the cold temperatures and snow. It is one of our favorite times of year at Nebraska Extension in Wayne … more
Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” has been recognized for decades as an essential partner with calcium in promoting bone health. Only 10-15% of the calcium that we ingest is absorbed … more
Conflict in any part of our lives can be the pits, but conflict at work? That can get especially complicated. On top of the work we already must do, sometimes it can feel like it would take a … more
How is your Christmas shopping going? I have to admit I’m a little bit behind this year, but I still have a few days right? No matter where you are in your gift journey, don’t be too … more
According to the National Institutes of Health, the term dementia describes a collection of symptoms that can be caused by various disorders affecting the brain. Symptoms may include impairment of … more
You might be familiar with Nebraska Extension’s Early Childhood STEM Imagination Guides that are developed each year to accompany the Collaborative Summer Reading Program hosted by public … more
Antioxidants are like warriors in your body, fighting against free radicals and oxidative stress. While not a new topic, antioxidants are often misunderstood and under-appreciated. This time of … more
Soda pop has been around since the early 1700’s, and became popular in the United States around 1902. That’s when people discovered its bubbly, refreshing, and sweet syrup taste. Yet, in … more
By Julie Schultz, Wayne County and   Tayler Wickham, Washington County     4-H provides youth with the opportunity to learn by doing; but that opportunity is not only … more
Reading with children is one of the most effective and educational activities you can engage in.    Children learn concepts of print, letter and word recognition, comprehension, and … more
Thank you. Two simple words that are often underused. As we wrap up the county fair season we are reminded of everyone who had a hand in making it such a great experience. There is value in writing … more
Fall is quickly approaching, but there are still some great activities happening around Northeast Nebraska to finish out your summer.  Namely, the University of Nebraska and Nebraska Extension are … more
Summer is in full swing and with it brings 4-H fair season.   We all know that one of the most exciting parts about fair is receiving ribbons for all of the hard work that was put into a … more
Cooking outdoors on the grill is a favorite activity in the summer months. Grilling is a great way to cook and enjoy favorite foods in a new way. Quick, easy nutrition is always a plus when you can … more
  The Wayne County Fair, along with every county fair, provides 4-H youth across the state with an opportunity to showcase the project work that they have completed throughout the year and to … more
Summer days are here! Follow these helpful tips from the Nebraska Regional Poison Center for a safe and fun 4th. Fireworks have toxic chemicals and can be dangerous if swallowed. Sparklers are … more
By Denise Ryan - Firestar   There is no better time to work on your mental health than during the supposedly lazy days of summer.   The weather is warm, the sun is shining, … more
Summer is here!   School is out, kids are running around everywhere, and the local DQ is packed!   What’s there to worry about?   Despite all the fun and games that summer … more
Studies conducted by the Search Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the past 25 years, of more than 6 million young people in the United States and around the world to understand: how young … more
  Sparks! Not the dangerous kind, but the kind that ignite the fire within our youth! Peter Benson defines sparks as “hidden flames in your kids that light their proverbial fire, get … more
Does your family enjoy the great outdoors? Summer is fast approaching   — a time when many Americans will be venturing outside for adventures.   Before heading out, think about … more
Farmers market season is fast approaching. Across Nebraska, farmers markets have become integral to the economies and social fabric of dozens of rural communities. To help create more successful … more
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