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University of Illinois Extension serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson Counties

Main Office (Jackson County)
402 Ava Rd.
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Phone: 618-687-1727
FAX: 618-687-1612
Email: uie-fjprw@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Franklin County)
1212 Route 14 West
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: 618-439-3178
FAX: 618-439-2953
Hours: M–F, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Branch Office (Perry County)
3764 State Rte 13/127
Room 110
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Phone: 618-357-2126
FAX: 618-357-3934
Hours: Mon - Wed, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Randolph County)
313 West Belmont Street
Sparta, IL 62286
Phone: 618-443-4364
FAX: 618-443-1922
Hours: M–Th, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Branch Office (Williamson County)
201-B W Main
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-993-3304
FAX: 618-997-1542
Hours: Mon - Thu, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)

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Welcome!

Welcome to University of Illinois Extension, serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson counties! Our Extension Educators bring you practical research-based information in horticulture, local food systems and small farms, youth development, and community and economic development. These programs are geared toward enabling people to improve their lives and communities through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work. Call us at (618)687-1727 for more information.

Tip of the Week

Did you know coloring has some great benefits for adults?

  • It can be social! This can be an easy way to engage kids into talking while you both are sitting at a table coloring.
  • Stimulates the brain in a fun and engaging way
  • Stress Relief – Coloring provides relaxation to our amygdala, the part of our brain affected by stress.
  • Increases focus and creativity – short coloring sessions can help improve focus and spark creativity
  • Releases tension and stabilizes mood
  • Helps express feelings in a healthy way
  • Exercises fine motor skills
  • An alternative to meditation – coloring is a hands-on form of active meditation. It allows the brain to switch off from other thoughts and focus on the task at hand.
  • Helps you sleep – coloring may help you get a better night sleep. It can help you wind down from a stressful day and help you settle in for a good night's sleep.

Questions? Contact Susan Sloop, Extension Educator, Family Life at ssloop@illinois.edu

Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Community and Economic Development Consumer Economics Horticulture Leadership and Local Government Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness Schools Online

Extension Meetings

Extension Council Meeting
Monday May 16, 2016 • 7:00 PM

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