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University of Illinois Extension serving Lake and McHenry Counties

Main Office (Lake County)
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Branch Office (McHenry County)
1102 McConnell Road
PO Box 1430
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: 815-338-3737
FAX: 815-338-4755
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

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Thank you for visiting our website! Unit 3 Vision is to become “Highly Visible and The Leading Local Institution” in Lake and McHenry County where people come to hear and receive research-based education and information in the following areas to make a difference in their lives, homes and communities: 4-H Youth Development Program--Nutrition (SNAP- Ed) Program--Horticulture (Master Gardeners) Program--Local Foods/Small Farms Program

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Lake County Association for Home Community Education (LCAHCE) is sponsoring a program titled "Migrating Birds that Visit Lake County". This Presentation will be held on March 27, 2017, 3:00 PM, at the University of Illinois Extension, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. The public is welcome! Please call the Extension Office to register at: 847-223-8627.

University of Illinois Extension of Lake County has a part-time position open for a 4-H Community Worker. Click on the link below for the job description and qualifications. To apply: Contact Unit 3 Director, James E. Reaves at 847-223-8627 ext. 15 or

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Get Healthy; is your robot up to the challenge? The theme for the 2017 Illinois State 4-H Robotics Competition has been announced, and we think your robots will be jumping for joy. … if they do, they might earn points for it! HEALTH BOT 2017 will have a “Healthy Living” theme. You’ll compete as a team of up to 10 members while you design a course and program your robots to complete tasks related to healthy living: jogging, weight lifting, playing soccer, cheering, visiting the library, filling a plate, getting vaccines and helping the needy. We can’t wait to see all the ways your promote HEALTH. All the fun happens Saturday, May 6. The contest has a new location—The Orr Building on the state fairgrounds in Springfield. Find out all the details and WATCH THE VIDEO describing the challenge!

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4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training. The spring training for those adults interested in joining the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program as a volunteer leader will be held May 5-7, 2017. Adult volunteers are an important part of the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program. All 4-H shooting sports clubs must be led by adults who have completed the training and passed the certification test. Instructors are needed in all disciplines of pistol, shotgun, rifle, archery and wildlife, as well as coordinator positions. Cost is $125, and registration is handled through the local office by mid April.

NEW ACADEMIES, MODERN DORMS, EXTRA NIGHT Experience college life at 4-H Illini Summer Academies Registration is now open for the 2017 4-H Illini Summer Academies. Dates this year are Sunday June 25 through Thursday June 29. You’ll stay in the newer living quarters on campus, Bousefield Hall. We have new academies including Agricultural Communication, Journalism and Filmmaking, Theatre Arts HIP HOP, Theater Arts Costuming, as well as an advanced session in Human Development/ Family Studies. Imagine getting to work alongside university professors while you’re still in HIGH SCHOOL! Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus. Imagine spending five days with kids your age from all across Illinois. That’s what happens at Illini Summer Academies, so stop imagining it and just do it! This program offers teens the opportunity to explore the University of Illinois campus and many degree programs and careers. The cost of the Conference varies depending on which Academy of study you choose. Payment is requested at the time of registration via credit card. Payments made by check must be received within 1 week of registration or the registration will be canceled. Registration closes May 15. Financial need scholarships will be available from Illinois 4-H Foundation donors. The conference is open to youth who have completed 8th grade by the conference and and will be at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2017. Cancellations & Refunds must be sent in writing to us @ . Requests received before April 1 will receive a full refund. Requests received from April 1 to May 1 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be permitted after May 1.

Scholarship Opportunities High school senior should check out the Taco Bell scholarship program. Tell your story in a 2-minute video. The scholarship is not based on your grades or how well you play sports. There’s no essays, no test scores, and no right or wrong answers. Taco Bell is looking for the next generation of innovators, creators, and dreamers. Its foundation will award $1 million to 100 young adults this year.

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Become part of the solution to hunger in Illinois. Join the 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities team. It is estimated one in five Illinois children, almost 745,300 children under the age of 18, face hunger and food insecurity on a recurring basis. To respond to this sad reality, Illinois 4-H is continuing to address this hunger challenge through the 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities program. Last year, with generous funding from Evelyn Brant Thomas, over 2,050 youth and adult volunteers provided 6,529 hours of service reaching 1,439 families with 2,315 pounds of fresh produce valued at over $4,860. In addition to gardening efforts, Illinois 4-H members partnered with Illini Fighting Hunger and packaged and distributed over 249,168 soy-rice casserole meals within communities where they were packaged. Additionally over $11,375 was received by local counties to support 4-H’s fight against hunger in Illinois communities. Illinois 4-H club members are encouraged to accept the challenge of addressing hunger in their community. We want 4-H members, volunteers, families and whole communities to be part of the solution for alleviating hunger where you live.

SAVE THE DATE! Gardenfest 2017, Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 AM - 4 PM, 1102 McConnell Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098. Hosted by the McHenry County Master Gardeners. Who should attend? If you're looking to improve your "green" thumb, or you're a seasoned gardener, you'll benefit from Gardenfest workshops. What will I learn? Enjoy the keynote address "Garden Renovations for Any Size Landscape" with Melinda Myers plus choose from over 30 other breakout sessions to fill your day with education, information and new ideas. Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books. Melinda is a dynamic presenter, appearing at many of the major flower shows and home and garden events throughout the country each year. Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist, and was a horticulture instructor with tenure.

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4-H Youth Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness