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University of Illinois Extension serving Lake and McHenry Counties

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

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, the staff and volunteers of Lake and McHenry County (Unit 3) invite you to explore our educational programs. Extension offer practical research-based education you can trust that help people solve problems, develop life skills and build a better future. Our mission is to help local residents put knowledge to work by serving as the local link to the University of Illinois. We invite you to explore how Extension can make a difference in your life, and the lives of your family and community. Please contact us at 847-223-8627 with questions or to learn more about our educational programs and volunteer leadership opportunities.


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2018 UCCI • University of Illinois Extension Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy was developed by University of Illinois Extension in partnership with United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) to provide leadership training on issues important to elected and appointed county officials. For anyone seeking to manage and lead more effectively, the Academy offers a learning network and a connection to cutting edge information. Click "Learn More" for more information and application.

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Caregiver Self-Care - We all know someone who is providing care for someone else. It is a rewarding experience for most, but caregivers experience many difficult emotions and losses along their journey. This workshop will focus on overcoming the challenges of care giving and will examine caregiver stress and burnout - how to recognize them and how to prevent it with techniques for self-care. Lake County Association for Home Community Education (LCAHCE) will be sponsoring this Educator-taught lesson, March 20, 2018, at 10:00 AM, at the University of Illinois Extension Office, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. Please call the Office to register at: 847-223-8627. The public is welcome!

American Heart Month. Since 1964, February has been known as American Heart Month. The purpose of American Heart Month is to raise awareness about heart disease while educating the public about preventive measures they can take to reduce their risk of developing heart disease.

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Stay Healthy in Extreme Cold! Extreme cold temperatures pose a substantial danger during the winter months. Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause frostbite, hypothermia, or even death. Persons most susceptible to extreme cold are infants and the elderly.

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A Taste of Gardening. Make the Most of Your Space. A well-planned garden is easier to care for. It saves time in the garden and is more productive than an unplanned garden. Start planning your garden well in advance so you will be ready to get to work when planting time arrives. If the soil was not tilled in the fall, that must be done early in the spring. Fertilizer should be added as described in the section titled 'Planting.'

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The Lake County Extension Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The foundation’s mission is to generate resources to enhance research based educational programs of the University of Illinois Extension while serving the interest of all donors. We work together to raise funds to support our community through need-based programs offered by the staff of the Lake County University of Illinois Extension. Click the link below for more information.

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

Extension Meetings

Spring Impact Report 2017
Friday October 6, 2017 • 11:00 AM
Extension Council Meeting Minutes, December 5, 2017
Tuesday December 5, 2017 • 6:30 PM
Annual Impact Report Unit 3 2017
Friday January 26, 2018 • 10:30 AM
Monday February 12, 2018 • 6:00 PM
Extension Council Agenda, February 27, 2018
Tuesday February 27, 2018 • 6:00 PM

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