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University of Illinois Extension serving Boone, DeKalb and Ogle Counties

Main Office (Ogle County)
421 W Pines Rd, Ste 10
Oregon, IL 61061
Phone: 815-732-2191
FAX: 815-732-4007
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Boone County)
205 Cadillac Court
Unit 3
Belvidere, IL 61008-1733
Phone: 815-544-3710
FAX: 815-544-4606
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (DeKalb County)
1350 West Prairie Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178-3166
Phone: 815-758-8194
FAX: 815-758-8199
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

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Vines: Climbers and Twiners includes a directory of 33 perennial, annual and honeysuckle vines as well as a discussion of how to select a vine for the home landscape. It includes information about support structures, vines on buildings, planting, maintenance, and methods of attachment.

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University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Garden Walk and Plant Sale on Saturday, July 12. The gardens chosen for this year's event are all in the DeKalb-Sycamore area. The BIG plant sale will include a Garden Boutique and a Master Gardener Help Desk. Tickets for the Garden Walk, as always, will be $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the event. Admittance to the Plant Sale is free and will be held at the DeKalb County Center for Agriculture, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore, IL. For more information call the Extension office at 815-758-8194.

Science Siesta is a very special pajama party for girls completing grades 4-6 where the focus is on educating girls about careers in the field of science. This event will be held on April 11 & 12 and again on April 25 & 26 at the Discovery Center Children's Museum and the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford.

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Check out Extension's newest website, BEYOND IMPATIENS & PETUNIAS, which focuses on helping gardeners select the right plant for a given growing condition. The site was developed by Greg Stack, Extension Horticulturist.

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CAMP RUSSELL 2014! Register your child now for summer day camp! Choose from 6 different week-long programs, each with a different theme. Camp will run from 9am-3pm each day. Children will have fun learning about nature through hands-on activities, games and nature awareness. Camps fill quickly and space is limited, so register now! Camp fee is $100 for each week of camp, and advance payment is required to reserve your space.

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Summer Ag Institute--This course is designed for pre-school through high school educators who wish to expand their curriculum to include topics related to agriculture–the world's food and fiber system. The course focuses on how to integrate agriculture and the environment into classroom curriculum meeting Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

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Looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer? Registration is now open for 2014's 4-H Camp! This camp is open to ALL youth ages 8 to 14; you do not have to be in 4-H to attend. This year's camp will be June 9-13, 2014 at Camp Benson in Mt. Carroll. Learn new skills, make new friends, and have loads of fun!

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