ITHACA – With summer right around the corner, the University of Nebraska Extension is getting ready to host a batch of summer learning opportunities in the county.

4-H Extension Assistant Melisa Konecky said the Eastern Nebraska Research and Education Center near Ithaca will be working with partners to teach a variety of topics this summer.

“Overall we want to give the kid the opportunities to look into many different things,” Konecky said.

Some workshops are favorites that were brought back by their popularity last year, while others are new.

“We have a lot of returns from last year,” Konecky said.

One of the first returns is the Outdoor Recreation Day May 31. On this day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids from ages eight to 18 will be able to enjoy a fun day outside at Lake Wanahoo. Activities like fishing, boating and kayaking will be available for all attendees.

One of the new activities will be June 7, when from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., youth from grades seven through 12 can participate in the Saunders County Ag Tour, Participants will take a look at what agriculture looks like in Saunders County and the different job opportunities that are available.

Konecky said the Ceresco Summer Workshop Series would be returning this summer.

On June 12, 19 and 26, the Ceresco Public Library would be hosting discussions about the basics of food, nutrition and where food comes from. Each session will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

New workshops added to this summer’s schedule have the hope that they may prove popular enough to be used again in the future.

“Trying to add a few new ones every year is the goal,” Konecky said.

New workshops include the Basic Photography, Advanced Photography, Sewing and Home Environment.

Both the photography classes will be held at the ENREC on July 9 and be taught by Kate Decoste, owner of Kate Decoste Photography in Wahoo. The basic photography, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., will focus on teaching the basics of photography and taking pictures.

The advanced photography, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., will teach the advanced concepts of photography and how to take photos.

The sewing workshop for ages eight to 18 will be held on June 18 at the ENREC. The morning session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and the afternoon session would be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sewing machines and materials will be provided for the classes.

The Home Environment workshop will be held June 25 at the ENREC for ages 10 to 18 and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Working with the Mattson family, attendees will create custom wooden welcome signs.

Konecky said a number of other workshops will be available throughout the months of June and July as well.

The Cake Decorating workshop June 4 at ENREC will go from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each participant will learn cake decorating tips, tricks and frosting techniques.

The Baking workshop will be held on June 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ENREC. Each participate will lean how to make homemade rye bread, raspberry rolls, pies and homemade monkey bread.

The Livestock Showmanship workshop, held on June 8 at the Wahoo Fairgrounds, will go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Practice animals will include pigs, sheep and goats.

A Clover Kid workshop on June 11 will be at the ENREC. This workshop will cover baking basics from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and have a Farm Animal Palooza from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Knitting workshop will be on June 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the ENREC. Attendees will be provided yarn and needles to learn the basics of knit-ting.

The June 25 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workshop, at ENREC from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., help kids excel in the future. Hands on activities will be held to help show attendees the importance of these things in everyday life.

The Clover Kid workshop at Lake Wanahoo on June 27 will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a fun day outdoors, experiencing the lake and learning how to fish. The Rabbit workshop, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., on June 30 will be held at the Open Air Pavilion of the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo. Attendees will learn how better to show rabbits in a competition show setting.

The Barn Quilt workshop, scheduled for July 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., will be held at the ENREC. The attendees will be creating wood barn quilts.

“The summer workshops are a good time to try new things and meet new people, a fun way to do cool projects and make new friends,” Konecky said.

For more information, contact the ENREC at 402-624-8030. Register for workshops by filling out sign-up sheet available at ENREC. Once finished, return sheet to ENREC. Sign-up sheets are due at least one week prior to chosen workshop.

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