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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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SAVE THE DATE: Garden Walk 2015 on July 11, 2015 will take you through North Central McHenry County, traversing both urban and rural gardens and leading guests through nine of the most beautiful properties that our Garden Walk has ever visited. Come with us to see quaint, city gardens, gardens with beautiful water views and forested, shade gardens. At each site, visitors will learn tips and tricks that have made these gardens remarkable and ways to turn their own backyards into horticulture treasures.

4-H Citizen Scientist Training College of Lake County - June 29 from 8 am-12 pm and July 27 4-8 pm. RSVP to Elizabeth Cozzi by June 24, The 4-H Citizen Scientist program provides junior and senior high youth opportunities to extend learning beyond current 4-H project work into the world of hands-on research. As a citizen scientist, 4-H members observe and record information from an environmental area close to their home. The members will collect data from samples taken at their site and contribute their data to the growing field of scientific research related to water quality. The program is open to current 4-H members and volunteers, as we well as youth and adults who aren’t current members but wish to learn how to improve their local environment. All participants will receive specialized training at no cost and receive materials toward the project. 4-H members and adult volunteers will be trained in this stream-monitoring program and, in turn, help monitor water quality of Illinois wadeable streams. Each 4-H Citizen Scientist team will be assigned a stream site in their community to monitor over the course of the summer. Upon successful completion of the Illinois RiverWatch training, each 4-H Citizen Scientist team will receive a 4-H Citizen Scientist Took Kit. The kit will contain supplies needed to conduct the monitoring over the summer. 4-H Citizen Scientists will be contributing new knowledge to the field of water quality monitoring here in Illinois. “Adults interested in environmental issues might find 4-H Citizen Scientist to their liking,” said University of Illinois 4-H Youth Development Specialist Bill Million, “especially if they like working with youth on relevant environmental issues. “Additionally, this program offers certified Master Naturalists’ an opportunity to work alongside and guide 4-H members as they study the world around them,” Million said. Master Naturalists are encouraged to contact their local Extension Office to see how they can become involved.

4-H Lake County Fair Book - July 29-August 2, 2015. Please review the rules and regulations regarding exhibiting your 4-H project for fair. "Click Below" to view and print the 4-H Fair Book.

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4-H McHenry County Fair Book - August 5-August 9,2015. Please review the rules and regulations regarding exhibiting your 4-H projects for fair. "Click Below" to view and print the 4-H Fair Book.

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