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University of Illinois Extension serving Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Counties

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

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

Branch Office (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

Our team of Educators and Program Coordinators in Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Counties have reached over 52, 832 clients in 2016 with face to face contacts and other delivery methods such as newsletters and webinars.Take a look at our Impact Report from 2016 to see some of these highlighted programs.

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2017 Ready...Set...Grow... Gardening Workshop, on Saturday, March 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon. Join the Master Gardeners of Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties in cooperation with Sauk Valley Community College Corporate & Community Services for this one-day event offering participants information about various aspects of home gardening.

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Take a look at the new state 4-H looks amazing!!!

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Check out all of our programs that start in 2017!! See our latest Calendar of Events.

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Do your kids need something to do this winter?? Check out all the workshops we have available.

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Certified Livestock Manager Training will be offered in 8 locations across the state this coming February. One training will be held locally in Freeport on February 15. For more information or to register for a training click the link below

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Need Cash Rent or Lease information? Check out our Commercial Agriculture site for all your needs.

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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 March 28, 2017 • 6:30 PM
Unit 4 Extension Council
Tuesday May 9, 2017 • 6:30 PM
Unit 4 Extension Council
Tuesday September 12, 2017 • 6:30 PM
Unit 4 Extension Council
Tuesday December 5, 2017 • 6:30 PM

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