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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)
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127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)
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4810 North Sheridan Rd
Peoria, IL 61614-5928
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)
2016 Extension Snapshot Archive
- 2016 9 SNAP-Ed Staff Work to Improve School Breakfast Programs
University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit SNAP-Ed educator Michelle Fombelle has been reaching out to school administration and food service directors to provide information and assistance in improving local school breakfast programs.
- 2016, 1 Invasive Plant Webinar Series is Positively Changing the Illinois Landscape
University of Illinois Extension horticulture educators addressed garden biodiversity with a free webinar series called “The Good, the Bad and the Lovely Plants.”
- 2016, 1 Mason County 4-H Federation Enjoys Fun Holiday Team Building Challenge
Mason County 4-H Federation turned their fun holiday party into a great learning experience. The group held a team building competition for building the best gingerbread house.
- 2016, 1 Master Naturalist Volunteers Report Nearly 5000 Hours in 2015
The mission of the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist program is to “Help others connect with nature.” This is done in many different ways from physically improving and enhancing habitats, to educating the public on why nature is so important.
- 2016, 1 Promoting Excellence in Local Government
Each year, hundreds of elected and appointed government officials and administrators work to improve their knowledge and skills through professional development opportunities offered by the University of Illinois Extension.
- 2016, 1 Sheila Bolliger Recognized with Office Support Excellence Award
Sheila Bolliger, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Office Support specialist, received the 2015 Office Support Excellence Award at the University of Illinois Extension statewide conference held in November.
- 2016, 10 4-H Youth and Families Participate in International Youth Exchange
While the States’ 4-H International youth Exchange program is not limited to 4-H members, 4-H plays a huge part in the success of the program, especially in Peoria County.
- 2016, 10 Extension Welcomes New Staff to INEP Team
The Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit has welcomed three new staff members to the Illinois Nutrition Education Program (INEP) team during the month of September.
- 2016, 10 Peoria Named Finalist in Play Everywhere Challenge
In July, City of Peoria was selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award outside-the-box ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S.
- 2016, 10 Tazewell 4-H Contributes to Increased Exhibitors at Illinois State Fair
Tazewell 4-H members had the opportunity to take part in the Illinois State Fair on August 20. Nearly 3,400 general 4-H exhibits from across the state were judged and displayed during the four days of 4-H general project judging.
- 2016, 10 Youth Gain in Ability to Select, Cook, and Eat Healthy Foods Thanks to Junior Chef School
Throughout the summer, University of Illinois Extension staff conducted Junior Chef Schools in Fulton, Mason, and Peoria counties that reached a total of 406 youth.
- 2016, 11 4-H Volunteers Receive Training To Build Youth Development Skills
University of Illinois Extension staff provide annual trainings to volunteer 4-H leaders to build and refine their positive youth development skills.
- 2016, 11 Designing Healthy Communities Initiative Reports on Peoria's East Bluff Neighborhood
Walking and biking to school, once dominant methods of transportation, have seen a sharp decline in the past several decades. A new movement called Safe Routes to School (SRTS) aims at increasing safe walking and biking to school.
- 2016, 11 EFNEP Staff See Increase in Families Reached
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program at University of Illinois Extension reached their goal of serving more adults for the 2015-2016 program year.
- 2016, 11 Horticulture Therapy Programs Aimed to Reach Underserved Audience
Rhonda Ferree, University of Illinois Extension educator and her team of horticulture staff and volunteers have made horticulture therapy one of the top goals for the new year.
- 2016, 11 University of Illinois Reaches Youth Through Nature Education
University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalists are working hard to address what researchers have labeled Nature Deficit Disorder in youth.
- 2016, 11 Youth Learn About Conservation at Mason County Discovery Day
The 15th annual Mason County Discovery Day was held on Friday, September 16, 2016. Discovery Day is a collaborative effort by Mason County Soil & Water Conservation District and University of Illinois Extension.
- 2016, 12 Local Schools Join in the Great Apple Crunch Special Event
The Great Apple Crunch was Thursday, October 13 and was celebrated by thousands of students across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.
- 2016, 12 Mason County 4-H Federation Provides Safe Trick or Treat Night Event
On October 28, 2016 a line of ghouls, goblins, super heroes, and princesses formed outside the doors of Havana Jr. High School; all waiting to get inside Mason County 4-H Federation’s Safe Trick-or-Treat Night Event.
- 2016, 12 Master Naturalists Recognized for Accomplishments and Service
Master Naturalists Volunteers recognized at annual end of the year volunteer recognition and potluck.
- 2016, 12 Tazewell 4-H Members Learn Life Skills through Horse Project
Tazewell 4-H has a rich history with its horse program. Superintendents, Jenna and Sue Walker, have a combined 44 years of service to the 4-H Show Horse Department and are passionate about teaching the members valuable life skills and positive character traits.
- 2016, 12 U of I Extension Master Gardeners Receive State Awards
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners from Peoria and Tazewell Counties were recognized and awarded at the 2016 Illinois Master Gardener Conference in Champaign
- 2016, 12 Washington Historic Preservation Project Wins State Award
When first year Master of Urban Planning student Marcia Klopf began her search early for a master’s capstone project, she was looking for a project which would combine her interest in historic preservation and urban design.
- 2016, 2 4-H Alum Does Internship at Fulton Extension Office
University of Illinois Extension’s Fulton county office had the opportunity to host a volunteer intern this past January. Bella Boyer of Maquon, was an eleven year Fulton County 4-H Member, graduating from the program when she was 19.
- 2016, 2 Data Collected on Community Walk for Safe Routes to Learn and Play Project
New programming was brought to University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit in 2015, arising from a two-year cross campus-based initiative launched in the summer of 2014
- 2016, 2 EFNEP Delivers Positive Impact for 2015 Program Year
The Expanded Family Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit delivered a positive impact for the 201 programming year.
- 2016, 2 Impressive Rate for Unit Master Gardener Program
The Illinois Master Gardener program introduced distance delivery for its training in 2013. The Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit was part of that pilot program, with 16 people attending from the satellite sites in Canton and Peoria and three online.
- 2016, 2 Master Naturalist Volunteers Recognized for Outstanding Work
Master Naturalist volunteers joined together on October 31 at Wildlife Prairie Park for the 2nd annual Master Naturalist recognition and potluck. It has become a tradition to recognize, promote, and honor our Master Naturalist volunteers for helping others connect with nature.
- 2016, 2 Tazewell 4-H Club Works as Citizen Scientists
The Shamrocks 4-H Club in Tazewell County is part of a state wide program called 4-H Citizen Scientist.
- 2016, 3 Extension and Outreach Initiative Project Addresses Peoria's CSO Problem
The River City and Wet Weather Management project is one of the Extension and Outreach Initiative projects Kathleen Brown, community economic development Extension educator, is involved with.
- 2016, 3 Four Seasons Gardening Programs Reach Thousands Each Year
Since 2001 the University of Illinois Extension horticulture team has provided horticultural education to thousands of Illinois residents using distance technology.
- 2016, 3 Greenhaven Animal Clinic Assists with 4-H Beef Weigh-in and Tattooing
Mason County 4-H members are very fortunate to have Greenhaven Animal Clinic as a supporter of the Mason County 4-H livestock program.
- 2016, 3 INEP Staff Provide Resources at Food Pantry in Canton
Illinois Nutrition Education Programs (INEP) are part of University of Illinois Extension and provide nutrition education to individuals and families in their own communities.
- 2016, 3 New INEP Staff Joins Unit Team
Three new staff members have joined the Illinois Nutrition Education Program team at the University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit.
- 2016, 4 Farm Women Empowered by Annie's Project
Many farm and ranch women in the United States are hearing about an educational program called Annie’s Project.
- 2016, 4 Fulton County Master Gardener Team Provides 281 Years of Volunteer Impact
Thirty people currently involved with the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program in Fulton County have contributed a combined total of 281 years as Master Gardener volunteers.
- 2016, 4 Peoria South Side Teens Join New 4-H Spark Tank Program
As Margaret Mead once said, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”
- 2016, 4 Students Enjoy Taste Testing Fresh Veggies in Lunchroom
The Peoria County Illinois Nutrition Education Program (INEP) staff kicked off their spring lunchroom taste tastings in March at two elementary schools.
- 2016, 4 Tazewell Federation Members Engaged in Many Leadership Roles
Tazewell 4-H teens have many opportunities to grow their leadership skills. 4-H leaders engage teens in club roles that provide leadership development and mentoring opportunities.
- 2016, 5 EFNEP Program Now Teaching Adults in Tazewell County
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program staff members, LaNeena Close and Cheryl Russell, are now delivering services in Tazewell County that provide nutrition education to eligible clients.
- 2016, 5 Ferree Interviewed by Associated Press Writer about Edible Landscaping
University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit horticulture educator Rhonda Ferree was interviewed by Associate Press writer Dean Fosdick on February 10, 2016 for an article he wrote about edible landscaping.
- 2016, 5 Filmmaking 4-H Club Develops Skills in Technology, Art, Communication
An exciting combination of art and technology is what the Peoria County 4-H Video Filmmaking club is all about.
- 2016, 5 Fulton 4-H Members Learn Lessons Helping with Tornado Cleanup
A recent tornado near Avon caused the Avondale 4-H Club to convert their previously scheduled bowling and pizza party into a cleanup effort, teaching members important lessons about community and helping other.
- 2016, 6 Area Schools Complete Smarter Lunchrooms Assessment
Since joining Extension in 2015, SNAP-Ed educator Michelle Fombelle has been working with lunchroom directors and school administrators to bring the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement to Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell counties.
- 2016, 6 Illinois 4-H Prepares Youth for Future Employment
When you think of 4-H, you might not initially think of workforce preparation; however the connection between 4-H and preparation for future careers is strong.
- 2016, 6 Master Naturalists Work to Remove Invasive Plants at Area Parks
Local and state parks are fighting a never ending battle of invasive plant removal. To help manage the problem, University of Illinois Extension Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Master Naturalists volunteer to identify and properly remove non-native invasive plants.
- 2016, 6 Peoria Club Competes in Illinois 4-H Robotics Challenge
Eight members of the Peoria Spirits 4-H Club decided to work together to learn more about robotics and put their skills to the test.
- 2016, 6 University of Illinois Students Share Ideas to Improve Peoria's Southside Neighborhoods
Every minute of every day, our health is affected by the physical design of our homes, schools, workplaces, and indoor and outdoor community spaces.
- 2016, 7 An Illinois River Almanac Blog Reaches 10,000 Views
University of Illinois Extension is using social and traditional media to inform the public about the threat of the Jumping Worm.
- 2016, 7 Farm Safety Day Taught Over 200 Youth about Farm and Personal Safety
The Spoon River Valley Farm Safety For Just Kids Chapter recently held its annual day camp at the Mason County Fairgrounds in Havana. Over two hundred people attended.
- 2016, 7 Garden Calendar Reaches Thousands Annually
Since 2013, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit horticulture educator Rhonda Ferree’s annual garden calendar has reached thousands of gardeners with monthly garden tips. The 2015 calendar was downloaded 1013 times, and the 2016 version already reached 559 downloads.
- 2016, 7 Kaitlyn Streitmatter Hired in New SNAP-Ed Position
Kaitlyn Streitmatter recently joined the nutrition education staff at University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit.
- 2016, 7 Trees Forever Recognizes U of I Extension with Partnering Award
University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit was one of the Partner Award winners at Trees Forever’s Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner.
- 2016, 8 4-H Beef Workshop Designed to Increase Interest and Knowledge of Livestock Projects
The Mason County 4-H Federation group recently sponsored a beef project workshop. The group invited the Mason County 4-H & Jr. Show Beef Superintendents to share information that would help both seasoned livestock show participants and new 4-H members.
- 2016, 8 4-H Teen Teachers Visit Digital Innovation Sites in Chicago
This spring, 20 teens and 12 adults took a three-day trip to downtown Chicago and Urbana-Champaign, where they engaged in hands-on learning and career exploration related to digital literacy and innovation.
- 2016, 8 Master Naturalist Training Gives Teachers Professional Development Credits
Master Naturalist training offered during the summer months allows school teachers to attend a 10-day training and accumulate professional development credits.
- 2016, 8 Revitalized Jubilee College Butterfly Garden Used to Educate Public About Pollinators
In 2013, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners in the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit took on the project of revitalizing the Butterfly Garden at Jubilee College Historic Site.
- 2016, 9 Fulton County Becomes Site for USDA Crowdfunding Research Project
Fulton County has been selected to become a Demonstration Site for a new, locally-focused crowdfunding platform, as part of a research project funded by USDA.
- 2016, 9 Novel Program Teaches Newer Generations How to Grow Their Own Food
Horticulture educator Rhonda Ferree launched a new educational effort this summer that focuses on teaching those in our newer generations how to grow their own food.
- 2016, 9 Space to Ground 4-H Club Talks to Astronaut on International Space Station
Members of the Space to Ground 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Club spent several weeks of their summer learning about amateur radio - the history of the technology, how it works, and how it is used on the International Space Station.
- 2016, 9 Volunteers Inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame
The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes 4-H volunteers nominated by their county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as Hall of Fame winners. Locally, Cindy Chaffin of Fulton County, Randy Bell of Mason County, and Sue Walker of Tazewell County were selected for this honor.
- 2016,1 4-H and Master Gardener Volunteers Lend Their Expertise to Nutrition Programs
At times, it may seem like University of Illinois Extension programs work independently of each other, especially when it concerns the Illinois Nutrition Education Programs (INEP). Fortunately, this is not always the case.