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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)
101-B East DeYoung
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

Plan a Summer Family Night In!

What is a "family night in?" It's doing something together at home that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Here are some ideas:

  • Have a water balloon catching contest. How many times can you toss and catch it before it breaks?
  • Compare footprints in a mud puddle.
  • Make red, white, and blue T-shirts by carving designs in potatoes to create a paint stamp. Dip the potato stamps into red or blue fabric paint and press the paint onto a white T-shirt.
  • Create your own paintings on the sidewalk using plain water and paintbrushes. Watch the designs disappear when the water evaporates.
  • If you have a chain link or picket fence, create your own artwork - weave colored paper through the spaces, or stuff tissue paper or brightly colored paper cups in the holes to make designs.
  • Exercise together - walk, bike, or play active games (hide and seek, tag, hopscotch, etc.)
  • Build a sand castle if you have sand available.


For more information, check out the Family Files Blog at go.illinois.edu/familyfiles

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 Family Life Horticulture Leadership and Local Government Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness Schools Online

Extension Meetings

Extension Council Meeting
Monday September 19, 2016 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday November 21, 2016 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday January 23, 2017 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday March 20, 2017 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday May 15, 2017 • 7:00 PM

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