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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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University of Illinois Extension of Lake County has a full-time position open for a SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) Program Coordinator. Click on the link below for the job description and qualifications. For more information please contact the Extension Office at: 847-223-8627.

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4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training. The Spring training for those adults interested in joining the Certified Instructors of the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program will be held May 6-8, 2016. The State Instructors will be conducting the training in Archery, Coordinator, Rifle, Hunting and Outdoor Skills, and Shotgun for those interested in becoming certified. The weekend training will be held at the Memorial 4-H Camp, Monticello, Ill. Illinois has trained over 800 adults at these Certification trainings. These adults are scattered throughout 96 of Illinois’ 102 counties, offering local 4-H Shooting Sports programs to youth aged 8-18. All those interested in attending the training must complete a background check. For additional information visit our 4-H Shooting Sports website.

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Lake County Association for Home Community Education (LCAHCE) will be having a special Program on May 10th, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, "History of the Chain O' Lakes Boating, presented by David Lester. This Program will be held at the University Of Illinois Extension Office, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake. Presentation will take place over the lunch hour, so bring a sack lunch and beverage. Dessert will be provided. This will be an interesting Program, please invite friends, family, neighbors and the men in your life. To register call the Extension Office at: 847-223-8627.

MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE - "From Our Gardens to Yours." At the University of Illinois Extension-Lake County. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9am to 3pm, Rain or Shine, 100 South U.S. Highway 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. Large selection of favorite perennials, vegetables, herbs and house plants. Master Gardeners available to answer questions about plants, gardening and lawn care. Garden Treasures Tent with gently-used garden tools and books, containers, yard art and more! Payment is cash or check only. Enjoy treats from the 4-H Bake Sale! Click the link below for the Sample Plant List.

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Lake County Extension Foundation will be hosting the Annual BBQ Festival and Double K Productions Car Show. Being held at the University of Illinois Extension, Saturday, June 25, 2016, 10am to 5pm. Located at 100 S Highway 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information, please call the Extension Office at: 847-223-8627.

NEW ACADEMIES confirmed for Illini Summer Academies ‘16. The 2016 Illini Summer Academies will be held on the University of Illinois campus on Sunday, June 26 through Wednesday, June 29. Registration will open March 1. NEW ACADEMIES CONFIRMED SO FAR… AstroGeoBiology (the Origins of Life), Entomology (Bees & such), and Animal Science, along with all 13 Academies from 2015. Illini Summer Academies is open to youth who will be in high school in the fall of 2016 or graduating seniors Spring 2016. This exciting 4-day overnight event lets students experience U of I college life while learning with university professors about exciting college majors and careers.

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Tell your story through photography! Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs encourages young photographers to submit photographs for the 4th annual Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. The contest encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in our state. Enter online by July 7. Winners will be picked in three age categories: 8-10, 11-14 and 15-18. You may submit up to two entries. Learn more @ and look under the Resource Center on the right side of the screen. The photo contest is part of the Ag Invest program and offers an opportunity for Illinois students to submit photos that depict their vision of agriculture in our state. Contest winners will be featured in the Ag Invest marketing materials and at the 2016 Illinois State Fair.

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