Spring is upon us and Lyon County 4-H clubs & members have been busy doing some exciting things!


  • Fernley 4-H Lego club members will be using their creativity and Legos to create elaborate traps to see if they can catch themselves a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day! The Fernley Lego club has over 39 members who participate in the Lego building meetings weekly and recently they participated in the Fernley STEM education days, Legos were on site for the public to show off their Lego engineering skills.


  • Yerington 4-H Sewing club has been hard at work on their sewing machines; the youth have been learning how to make pillow cases,  PJ bottoms and blankets. They have also been working with Right of Passage to make bags for the students when they graduate.


  • The Mason Valley 4-H Livestock club started an Adopt-a-Senior program last month. They completed their first visit on March 6th where they visited a local senior who had recently gotten home from the hospital. During their visit, they cared for her horses, stacked wood, pulled weeds, and took out garbage. The clubs goal is to visit local seniors who are in need, who have property &/or livestock and assist them in any way they can. The club is also preparing its members for the Lyon County Jr. Livestock Show and the Nevada Junior Livestock Show, both of which are in May.

All the clubs have been working extremely hard to prepare for the Nevada Junior Livestock Show. This is a show in which the youth exhibit their market and breeding animals.

We are proud to announce our February Leader of the Month is Megan Hunewill.

Megan is a Smith Valley 4-H Leader who has been volunteering with 4-H for the past 24 years. Megan became involved in 4-H as a youth member  where she showed cattle. After graduating from college, Megan became involved with 4-H again, this time as a leader. Megan has been the beef club, and the ski club leader for Smith Valley 4-H.

It is clear to anyone watching that Megan truly enjoys working with her club members and the youth respect and admire Megan. “I love the kids and doing things in a hands on way with them.  They are often learning skills that they will carry on into their adult life” explained Megan.

Lyon County 4-H is extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated beef and ski leader, we are very thankful for Megan and all her years as a 4-H volunteer leader.


4-H Beef Club Workout

4-H Beef Club Workout

Interested in joining 4-H? Please visit https://www.unce.unr.edu/4H/counties/lyon/ for more information about 4-H in your county.


The 2016 Lyon County Jr. Livestock Show is set for Sunday May 1st

LCJrLS is a qualifying livestock show for the Nevada Junior Livestock Show (NJLS). Lyon County Youth who plan on showing a market steer, swine, lamb, goat or rabbit at NJLS must attend the LCJrLS qualifier. All animals to be shown at LCJrLS must be tagged with a NJLS tagged and weighed by March 1st.

At LCJrLS youth gain valuable market showing experience and have the option to brush up their showmanship skills too with 4-H, FFA and Grange youth from across Lyon County.

Entry forms are now available and can be found at: https://www.unce.unr.edu/4H/counties/lyon/ LCJrLS entry forms are to be postmarked by April 1st , NJLS entries must accompany LCJrLS entry forms. Please mail entries to: 504 S. Main St. Yerington, NV 89447 or email to schnoork@unce.unr.edu

For more information about the Nevada Junior Livestock Show, which will be held May 11-15 at the Reno Livestock Events Center, please visit: http://agri.nv.gov/Administration/NJLSB/NJLSB/

Further questions? Please call 775-463-6541 or email Kate at schnoork@unce.unr.edu



Preparations are underway for the 2016 Central/Northern Nevada 4-H Camp!

2015 4-H Camp Group Photo

2015 4-H Camp Group Photo


Never heard of 4-H Camp? 4-H camp is held annually at the University of Nevada Reno 4-H Camp in beautiful South Lake Tahoe, NV. 4-Hers from Lyon, Pershing, White Pine, Esmeralda, Mineral, Churchill, & Lander counties attend a week long, all inclusive summer camp offering “great adventure, friendship and fun, and all seek to develop the camper’s Head, Heart, Hands and Health to make him or her a better person”.



What are the dates? July 17-23, 2016

How much does it cost?  The Fee is $270 per camper, $170 for teen counselors, chaperones are FREE!

What ages can attend?  Youth campers are ages 9-13 (as of January 1st), Teen Counselors are 14-18 (as of January 1st), Chaperones are 19+

What do teen counselors do? 4-H camp teen counselors assist chaperones and camp staff in many ways, they help or run workshops, organize campers for activities, dinner, camp schedules and provide a fun theme for their assigned cabin!

How do I sign up to be a teen counselor?  If you or  someone you know is interested in being a teen counselor, there is an application and interview process. Applications can be found here: https://www.unce.unr.edu/4H/programs/camps/central/ and are to be postmarked by March 8th. Interviews will take place in June.

How do I sign up to be a chaperone?  If you are interested in becoming a chaperone, firstly.. Thank you! Second, please fill out a chaperone packet, and if you have not been fingerprinted through UNCE, please come by the Lyon County Extension office to receive finger print cards and a volunteer packet. Chaperone packets can be found at: https://www.unce.unr.edu/4H/programs/camps/central/

How do youth campers sign up?  Youth can sign up for camp by filling out a camper application, found here: https://www.unce.unr.edu/4H/programs/camps/central/

Youth also need to be currently enrolled in Lyon County 4-H. Not a 4-H member? Call 775-463-6541 or visit https://www.4honline.com/ to enroll today! It only costs $8

Can I make Payments, are there scholarships? Payments are accepted, in  two$135 installments (for one camper) or Four $135 installments (for two campers) with a final payment due on or before June 1st. A $50 late fee will apply to any payments received after June 1st. Registration is first come, first served.

There is a $100 scholarship opportunity available for Lyon County 4-H members that is provided by the Lyon County Leaders Council. Applications are to be handwritten and postmarked by April 28th, you can find applications here: https://www.unce.unr.edu/4H/counties/lyon/

Want more information? Visit the UNCE website and click on “General Central Area Camp Information”

Further Questions? Call 775-463-6541 or email schnoork@unce.unr.edu



We are pleased to announce our January leader of the month is Windi Altemeyer!

Windi started her leadership in 4-H as the Fernley Community Club co-leader in 1997 and has been involved ever since. Windi has also had leadership roles in other clubs; including, sports/ fitness, speed stacking, and cooking club.  She has also been a chaperone for 4-H camp, volunteered at numerous community events with 4-H; including, Night in the Country, Lyon County Fair, Angel Tree, Jessica Davis Scholarship fundraising, portfolio workshops, community clean-ups, boxes for servicemen and much, much more in the last 18 years.


We asked Windi why she became a 4-H leader: “I have always been very busy but involved in my children’s lives. Additionally I love teaching, volunteering and sharing my experiences; therefore, becoming a 4-H leader was a natural way to accomplish all of the above”. Windi loves giving back and making a difference in her community. The various volunteer opportunities with 4-H are very rewarding to Windi, “We help many others, we beautify our community, not to mention-its fun!”


We asked Windi what her most memorable 4-H experience was, she told us of her first year at 4-H camp. Windi had her cabin following the rules, lights out by 10:00pm and that’s what they did, as her cabin was trying to sleep all they could hear was the banging and booming of music from the cabin next door. She marched over to this neighboring cabin, swung open the door and demanded to know where their chaperone was; only to find their fearless leader with a sucker in her mouth and creating a strobe light effect with her flashlight for the dance party. If you’ve been to camp, you learn quickly that the “lights out rule” really only means the party doesn’t leave your cabin; youth, teens and adults create so many wonderful memories at camp and years later Windi speaks of this memory as if it was yesterday.


Windi told us that 4-H is important to youth because of the pledge, youth not only recite it but they live by it. 4-H offers opportunities for youth in the community to grow and learn; it teaches life skills, leadership, independence, teamwork, self worth, compassion, confidence, finance and record keeping-just to name a few. “I have watched many children become respected teens, mature college students and accomplished adults. Its a privilege and honor to be considered a role model to the youth of our future. It takes a village.. raising children into mature, productive members of society, I’m glad to be a part of such an amazing village. Thank you to my husband and many friends who have lead along with me”.


Lyon County 4-H if fortunate to have such wonderful leaders and parents. We greatly appreciate the 18 years Windi has volunteered her time and the impact she has made on so many youth. Thank you Windi!