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University of Illinois Extension serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties
Main Office (Tazewell County)
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)
Branch Office (Fulton County)
15411 N IL 100 Highway
Lewistown, IL 61542-9468
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)
Branch Office (Mason County)
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)
Branch Office (Peoria County)
4810 North Sheridan Rd
Peoria, IL 61614-5928
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)
2015 Extension Snapshot Archive
- 2015, 1 4-H Record Keepers Celebrated at Fall Festival
Forty-eight Tazewell County 4-H members were invited to the first annual Records Incentive Fall Festival. This event was held to recognize all members who completed a record book and presented it to a 4-H leader for the 2013-2014 4-H year.
- 2015, 1 From the Field to the Market Class
The Osher Life Long Learning Institute offers education opportunities in a number of different areas for individuals 50 years and older. Class topics range from art to history to manufacturing to current events.
- 2015, 1 Horticulture Programs Reaching a Larger Audience
Horticulture programs are reaching more home gardeners in Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties. In 2014, face-to-face presentations reached approximately 3% of the total population base in the four county Extension unit.
- 2015, 1 Judy Schmidt Honored at National Conference
The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents recognized the Illinois 4-H Teens as Teachers team with the Search for Excellence in Teen Programming Team Award.
- 2015, 1 Mason 4-H Federation Lights Up the Fairgrounds
Light falling snow added to the excitement at the official lighting of the 4-H Federation holiday light display at the Mason County Fairgrounds.
- 2015, 10 Extension Staff Educates 9,500+ People in One of Nation's Poorest Areas
Recently the Peoria Journal Star reported, “The 61605 zip code is listed among the 100 poorest zip codes in the country according to U. S. Census data.”
- 2015, 10 Historic District Research Project Continues in Washington
Creating a local historic commercial district is the focus of a UIUC Department of Urban and Regional Planning Capstone project being conducted by graduate student Marcia Klopf.
- 2015, 10 Master Gardeners Awarded for Positive Impact
Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Master Gardeners were recognized at the Illinois Master Gardener Conference recently held in O’Fallon, Illinois.
- 2015, 10 Mayor Surprises Mason County Staff with Special Recognition
During the 2015 Mason County 4-H Show and Jr. Fair, University of Illinois Extension staff received a special surprise during the 4-H awards presentations.
- 2015, 10 Peoria Extension Office Participates in Illinois Green Office Challenge
The first Illinois Green Office Challenge was a great success for the Greater Peoria Region!
- 2015, 10 Salute to Jubilee College Historic Site
A special event took place this summer at Jubilee College Historic Site to mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of Jubilee College.
- 2015, 11 Canton Residential Housing Survey Conducted
The Residential Housing Committee of The Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development was created in 2014 to serve as a clearinghouse for thoughtful and attainable solutions to the housing challenges facing current and future residents of Canton, Illinois.
- 2015, 11 Fulton County 4-H Shooting Sports Aims for Success
Shooting Sports began in Fulton County during the spring of 2013. To date, it has instructed over 45 youth in firearm safety and shooting skills.
- 2015, 11 Mason 4-H Members Master the Art of Cake Decorating
Interest grew quickly in the new 4-H visual arts project area of cake decorating, where 18 members were enrolled in Mason County this past 4-H year.
- 2015, 11 Multiple Programs Educate Youth Through a Focus on Nature
University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist volunteers have a passion to help youth experience nature.
- 2015, 11 SNAP-Ed Includes Hand Washing Lessons
According to the Center for Disease Control, proper hand washing is one of the most important and easiest ways to prevent the spread of disease. With cold and flu season fast approaching, it is time to pay more attention to germs and viruses.
- 2015, 11 Tree Plantings at Havana's Riverfront Park Provide Many Benefits
University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit volunteers and staff worked with Trees Forever to strengthen Havana’s Riverfront Park’s floodplain.
- 2015, 12 4-H Program Recognizes Accomplishments at a Variety of Levels
Peoria County 4-H members and volunteers were honored and recognized for their outstanding achievements at the 2015 Recognition of Excellence Awards Program on November 14.
- 2015, 12 Bradley Dietetic Students Gain Experience by Interning with Extension
Bradley University began its Dietetic Internship program in 2010. Every year University of Illinois Extension has provided a group of Bradley students the opportunity to work alongside Illinois Nutrition Education Program (INEP) staff in Peoria County.
- 2015, 12 Master Volunteers Enjoy Learning at Starved Rock with Dr. Michael Wiant
University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit Master Naturalist volunteers worked with Dr. Michael Wiant, director of Dickson Mounds Museum, to plan a one-day bus trip to Starved Rock State park and other local attractions.
- 2015, 12 New Makers 4-H SPIN Club Started from Makers in Motion Camp
The idea of building 3D printers came from club leader and East Peoria High School Community Education Coordinator Lorie Becraft. This summer Lorie attended the Makers in Motion camp as a teacher and learner.
- 2015, 12 Petra Eberle Recognized for Excellence in Programming
Awards are presented each year to University of Illinois staff at the Illinois Nutrition Education Program conference in Champaign, Illinois. This year Petra Eberle was awarded the Individual Excellence in Outstanding Programming Award.
- 2015, 12 The Giving Garden in Morton Donates Produce for Residents
Donations and countless hours of service by dedicated volunteers helped The Giving Garden in Morton grow 1,372 pounds of produce for area residents in 2015.
- 2015, 2 EFNEP Education Continues to Positively Impact Peoria County
The Expanded Family Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit has once again delivered a positive impact for the 2014 programming year.
- 2015, 2 Livestock Judging Is Focus of New 4-H Club
One area of 4-H that teaches members about livestock selection and evaluation is livestock judging. Livestock judges can often trace their beginnings in livestock judging back to county 4-H livestock judging programs.
- 2015, 2 Master Gardeners Help Others Learn to Grow on Gravel
Young people ages four to twelve are discovering they love being outdoors, making new friends, and learning about flowers and plants.
- 2015, 2 New Adventure Day Program Was a
When you mix children, adventure, and the outdoors, you have a natural recipe for fun and learning. The first annual Adventure Day at Lakeland Park was held this past fall with over 100 fourth grade students, teachers, and parent volunteers from Eastview Elementary School in Canton.
- 2015, 2 Volunteers Make 4-H Program Successful
Volunteers play an integral role in University of Illinois Extension. In the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, there are 386 registered volunteers that help make the 4-H program successful.
- 2015, 3 4-H Members Assist with State Presentation
Mason County 4-H member, Loren Harp, worked with a group of 4-H members from across Illinois, and the Illinois 4-H office to present results of the Economic Impact of Illinois Agricultural Fairs survey at the IAAF Convention.
- 2015, 3 Garden Helpline Helps Hundreds of Gardeners Each Year
For over 25 years, the Peoria County Master Gardeners have answered home garden questions through their Garden Helpline.
- 2015, 3 Learning to Eat Healthy Can Be Fun
Pre-school and Head Start students in Mason County love learning how to be healthy. They are always excited when “Gus Good Food” and “Jumping Jacki” visit their classrooms.
- 2015, 3 Master Naturalist Learning and Returning
Master Naturalists are never done learning. They are voracious learners, taking every opportunity to expand their knowledge in a number of areas.
- 2015, 3 New Economic Development Tools for Fulton County
University of Illinois Extension recently released two new economic development publications for use by Fulton County: Fulton County Economic Assessment and a Guide to International Economic Development Council Site Selection Data Standards.
- 2015, 3 Special Interest Clubs Lead to Growth in 4-H Membership
Statewide, the numbers of youth engaged in 4-H is growing, both in community clubs and in SPIN (Special Interest) clubs. In the 2013-2014 program year 24,011 Illinois youth participated in some type of 4-H club experience.
- 2015, 4 Astoria and VIT High School Students Gain Insights into the Real World
Workforce preparation is an area where youth can use help and guidance as they make real world decisions. As youth go through high school, they are trying to figure out the course to take that will lead them to the career they are passionate about, as well as balance their wants and needs with the income they earn.
- 2015, 4 La lección en español
University of Illinois Extension currently serves about 95,000 Hispanics. In the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, Margaret Cover, Extension educator and Petra Eberle, program instructor work together to provide the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program to the Hispanic population in Peoria County.
- 2015, 4 Master Gardeners Educate Attendees at Peoria Home Show
Thousands of people visited the Peoria Home Show, and those who stopped by the Master Gardener booth had the opportunity to ask gardening questions, meet and greet area Master Gardeners, and get gardening information resources.
- 2015, 4 Master Naturalist Volunteer Involved in Biochar Project
Douglas McCarty completed Master Naturalist training in October of 2014 and by January 2015 he had fulfilled and surpassed his required 60 intern hours to become an Active Master Naturalist. Doug, having a love of the outdoors, concern for the environment, and a long career as an engineer, took an interest in biochar research and experimentation happening in central Illinois.
- 2015, 4 Multi County Clover Clinic Gives Youth a Taste of 4-H
Clover Clinic workshops this year included Programming LEGO Mindstorm Robots, Dog Care and Grooming, Bridge Construction Challenge, and Mad Scientist.
- 2015, 5 Ferree Published in Journal of Extension
University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit Horticulture Educator Rhonda Ferree’s article “Facebook Groups Improve Volunteer Communications” was published in the February 2015 issue of Journal of Extension.
- 2015, 5 Fulton County Extension Volunteers Are Thanked
University of Illinois Extension relies on many volunteers and supporters to accomplish its educational mission. Most Extension programs would be impossible without them! Many of these volunteers were recently honored in Fulton County.
- 2015, 5 Master Composter Class Teaches Making Black Gold
Compost has a number of names: black Gold, hummus, organic material or organic fertilizer. Some people feel like making compost is a difficult, messy, and mysterious thing. Composting is not a complex process .
- 2015, 5 New Foods Adventures with Special Needs Students
Peoria Public School District 150 serves approximately 3,600 special needs students every year. While special services are provided on site, the goal is to place these students in general education classrooms whenever possible.
- 2015, 5 New SNAP Ed Extension Educator Joins Unit
Michelle Hartke recently joined the staff at the University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit as the new SNAP-Ed Extension educator.
- 2015, 5 Peoria 4-H Clubs Receive Community Improvement Grant
New Directions 4-H Club and Bountiful City Kids 4-H Garden Club were recently recognized for their outstanding work in the area of community improvement.
- 2015, 6 4-H Legislative Connection
Kylie Byrd of Mason County was one of over forty Illinois 4-H members who recently attended the 4-H Legislative Connection at the Illinois State Capitol.
- 2015, 6 A Night at the Museum 4-H Boys' Adventure Camp
Fifteen 4th-6th grade boys learned more about science careers by attending 4-H Boys’ Adventure Camp at Dickson Mounds Museum.
- 2015, 6 Clean Water Celebration & Extension Volunteers
Master Naturalist and master Gardener volunteers took part in the 2015 Clean Water Celebration at the Peoria Civic Center.
- 2015, 6 Gardeners' BIG Day Yields Big Impact
Fulton and Mason County master Gardeners partnered with Spoon River Garden Club, University of Illinois Extension Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, and Dickson Mounds Museum for Gardeners’ BIG Day.
- 2015, 6 Local Foods Resource Guide 2015
EAT HERE guide to local foods is designed to help people find farmers and markets selling local bounty.
- 2015, 7 Correcting Garden Myths Using Social Media
Garden myths are easily spread through websites, magazines, and television shows. Rhonda Ferree uses her social media tools to correct the myths with researched based information.
- 2015, 7 Downtown Success Indicators in Small Cities
Small cities are working to bring more people to their downtown. "Downtown Success Indicators" report gives insights into ten categories that provide communities of all sizes an opportunity for making community assessments, identifying benchmarks, and establishing new directions to strengthen their downtown.
- 2015, 7 Preschoolers Excited for SNAP-Ed Programs
Kathy Ellis, SNAP-Ed staff, received some great thank you cards from preschoolers. They love to learn about nutrition, cooking, and exercise.
- 2015, 7 Talks and Demonstrations Help 4-H Members Learn Skills for Living
Talks and demonstrations are a 4-H tradition that enables youth to develop public speaking skills.
- 2015, 8 Confidence Is the Prize Won in 4-H Presentations and Performing Arts
4-H provides a framework for youth to gain confidence. There are many opportunities for this, both in mastering skills of all kinds and in public presentations.
- 2015, 8 Creating an Entrepreneurial Community
If you are thinking of starting a business or you want to grow your small business in the Canton area, the Small Business Toolkit can help guide you through the necessary steps to start and grow your business.
- 2015, 8 Elevating Teachers' Understanding of the Natural World
For two weeks in June, University of Illinois Extension Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit held a Master Naturalist Training that was geared toward educators.
- 2015, 8 First Butterfly Detective SPIN Club is Full of Learning, Service, and Fun
This year through the collaboration of Peoria County Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists, 4-H, and Wildlife Prairie Park, the first Butterfly Detective SPIN Club took place at Wildlife Prairie Park.
- 2015, 8 First Kids in the Kitchen Held in Lewistown
Cooking and kids is a joyous combination! What child does not enjoy combining ingredients to make a delicious, nutritious snack?
- 2015, 8 Master Gardeners Teach and Showcase Miniature Gardens
Folks of all ages and gardening stages are fascinated with miniature gardening. Plants selected for use in miniature gardens often have tiny detail.
- 2015, 9 4G STEM Camp Engages Girls and Community Partners
In its second year,4G STEM Camp (Girls + Games + Gadgets = Genius!) doubled the number of girls attending and expanded to include teen teachers and community partners (librarians and teachers).
- 2015, 9 4-H Seasoned Chef Program Expands Nutrition and Mentoring Skills
This summer, 367 youth from the Peoria area participated in the 4-H Seasoned Chef program put on by the University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit.
- 2015, 9 4-Hers Get a Taste of Sweet Art
When the word art is mentioned, cake decorating is not the first thing that generally comes to mind.
- 2015, 9 Extensiion Staff Educate at Local Food Pantries
Imagine there is a new cooking show called Pantry Style. It consists of real people, a home kitchen, a bag of groceries from a local food pantry and a hungry family.
- 2015, 9 Fulton County Family Receives 4-H Family Spirit Award
There are 19 members of the Sharon and Bruce Spangler family; 18 of them are 4-H members or volunteers. The Fulton County family has been selected as the 2015 Illinois 4-H Foundation Family Spirit Award winner.
- 2015, 9 University of Illinois Extension Uses Local Experts to Teach Master Naturalists
Master Naturalists are serious about learning.To become a Master Naturalist, you must participate in 40 hours of education and required to do ten hours of continuing education each year.