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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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University of Illinois Extension Foundation. 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala and “Hall of Fame” Program. Honoring Donors, Volunteers, Sponsors and Staff. Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 Place: Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center,4555 W. Yorkhouse Road, Wadsworth, Illinois 60083,Time: Reception 6:00 pm, Dinner 7:00 pm, Tickets $50.00 per person. Raffle and gift items and 50/50 Raffle.

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"Cooking with Margaret: Cheap Eats", Tuesday, August 30th, 6:00 pm at the University of Illinois Extension Auditorium, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. Public is welcome! Please call the Extension Office to register: 847-223-8627.

Sure, bring the whole family to camp Registrations are now being accepted for the Sept. 16-18 Family Camp Program at 4-H Memorial Camp! We hope you come out and enjoy all that camp has to offer! Come experience rock climbing, zip lining, archery, fishing, camp fires, crafts, cardboard boat racing, and many other fun activities. Special this year will be a Cooking Challenge where families can engage in a little friendly competition! Also, firefighters from the Mid Piatt Fire District will be doing demonstrations and letting participants try out their equipment! Let us manage the stress of planning a camping adventure while allowing you, your family and your friends the opportunity to enjoy a weekend together at camp! Your family will sleep in a cabin, have meals provided (starting Friday dinner and ending with Sunday Lunch), and enjoy A LOT of fun activities! Many of the same staff that run our summer camp programs volunteer to make this an enjoyable experience for your family. Expect to have fun, eat heartily, and make memories which will last a lifetime! At least one youth attending must be 8 to 16 years old, and children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The fee for participants 8 years and up is $75/person; 4-7 years old is $35/person. Register@ . Please contact Andy Davis at (217) 762-2741 or with any questions or if you need special accommodations.

The 2016 McHenry County 2nd Annual Farm Stroll will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11am-5pm. Farm Stroll is a self-guided tour of McHenry County’s diversified family farms. There is no beginning or end of the tour:just choose the farms you wish to visit and go during the stroll’s timeframe.There is no charge for Farm Stroll. However, bring some cash; individual farmers will be selling products and produce.

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Registration is open for fall shooting sports contests; Register online and compete in 1, 2 or all 3 State Shoots. Registration is now open for the 2016 Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports State Shoots. This year, three separate events will be held, allowing 4-H members to compete in one, two or all three state shooting sports events. • State 4-H Archery Shoot will be held September 10 at the Panther Creek Archery Club, Springfield. Register online @; • State 4-H Rifle Shoot Rifle be held September 24 at the Central Illinois Precision Shooting (CIPS), Bloomington. Register;• State 4-H Shotgun Shoot will be held October 1 at the Brittany Shooting Park, Bunker Hill. Register The state shoot is open to 4-H members who will be least 14 years old by Jan. 1, 2017 and are members of a verified 4-H Shooting Sports Club. To be eligible for the national team, members must not have turned 19 by Jan. 1, 2017. Youth in their last year of 4-H who turn 19 in September, October, November, or December of 2016 may participate in the state contest but cannot be selected for the national contest. Remember, all participants must be active members of an authorized 4-H Shooting Sports Club. 4-H members are not allowed to enroll in a shooting sports project unless they are members of a shooting sports club.

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Extension Meetings

Extension Council May Meeting Minutes
Tuesday May 24, 2016 • 6:30 PM
2015 Annual Report
Wednesday July 13, 2016 • 12:00 PM

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