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University of Illinois Extension serving Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Counties

Whiteside County
12923 Lawrence Road
Sterling, IL 61081
Phone: 815-632-3611
FAX: 815-716-8922

Carroll County
807D S Clay St
Mt. Carroll, IL 61053
Phone: 815-244-9444
FAX: 815-244-3708

Lee County
280 W Wasson Rd
Amboy, IL 61310
Phone: 815-857-3525
FAX: 815-857-3527

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Thank you for visiting our website. University of Illinois Extension is the link between the U of I and all of our friends and neighbors in Carroll, Lee and Whiteside counties. Our programs are research-based and practical. Browse our site for the latest in news, tips, programs and volunteer opportunities!  Our unit emphasis is on Home Horticulture, Family Living and Wellness, and Youth Development.  We invite you to explore our program offerings and join us for incredible programs.  If you have a child between 5 and 18 our 4-H program is an advetnure waiting for you.  Young people in 4-H learn valuable skills for a lifetime while exploring projects that interest them. 

If you have an interest in volunteering consider becoming a 4-H Volunteer, a Master Gardener or a Master is a great way to put your passion to work and help others learn.  Our goal is to "Extend Knowledge and Change Lives." 

Today's Features

Science Siesta is once again being offered this year for both boys and girls.Both of these events are open to youth in 4th to 6th grades.

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Join Family Life Educator Karla Belzer for many interactive series including: life story writing, wits fitness, and lets live well.

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Heritage Arts Make and Take Workshop is an event sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and the Home Community Education Associations of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Lee Counties. This workshop promotes the continuation of skills and arts once passed down from generation to generation. This workshop will take place at Stephenson County Farm Bureau in Freeport on Saturday, March 24 from 9-1:30pm.

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Interested in becoming a Master Naturalist? Classes will begin March 20. Register now!

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Find a commercial agriculture workshop in your area this winter.

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Interested in becoming a Master Gardener in 2018. Please fill out this survey.

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PSEP Training and Testing Dates are available for 2018. Register for Dixon or Mt. Carroll under register online on the right side of this page. To see more locations click learn more.

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Don't miss out on all of our youth programs...Public Presentations, Livestock Judging, and new SPIN Clubs. Check it out!!

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See our latest Calendar of Events for Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Counties.

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SOIL and WATER Management Webinar for Certified Crop Advisers will be held on February 20, 2018 at the Lee County Office. The webinar is from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Earn up to 4.5 CEU-hours in Soil & Water Management.

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Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Community and Economic Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Nutrition and Wellness

Extension Meetings

Unit 4 Extension Council
Tuesday April 24, 2018 • 6:30 PM
Unit 4 Extension Council
Tuesday September 18, 2018 • 6:30 PM
Unit 4 Extension Council
Monday November 5, 2018 • 6:30 PM

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