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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, Unit 3, Lake County has 3 positions opened for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). Extra Help-Community Worker; Extra Help-Program Coordinator; and Extra Help-School Gardens. To view the job descriptions and qualifications click on the link below. For more information about the positions contact Dale Kehr at: or call the Extension Office, 847-223-8627, ext. 18.

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UNIT 3 LAKE/MCHENRY COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT 2014 - Dearest Friends, As we wrap up our 100 year celebration, we begin to reflect on the great strides we have taken over the past century to bring us to where we are today. This past year has been no exception. We have continued to forge relationships and partnerships throughout the community to put knowledge to work throughout Lake and McHenry Counties. Backed by the research based information and knowledge from one of the worlds most accomplished and respected public research universities, University of Illinois Extension in Lake and McHenry counties has helped make life better, healthier, safer and more profitable for individuals and their communities. Thanks to the investments of our supporters, our outreach efforts have reached over 125,000 people throughout both Lake and McHenry counties participating in 4 educational program areas. We would like to thank you all for your support and hope to continue lasting relationships long into the future. As we look forward to not only a new year, but our next 100 years, we continue to keep the needs and interests of our local communities at the heart of our programming. We invite you on our journey to work with us in the community to make a difference in the lives of our residents. Visit our website at: James Reaves, Unit 3, County Director. To view the 2014 Annual Report, click on the link below.

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Join the 2015 McHenry County "Human Race"! This is a unique 5K that supports charities serving McHenry County. Register at and choose "University of Illinois Extension McHenry County" as your charity. The race is on April 26 at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake.

BOWLING PARTY & FUNDRAISER-Please join the University of Illinois, Lake County Extension Foundation in our first fundraiser of the year. The event will take place Saturday May 2, 2015, from 2-4 pm at Brunzwick, 350 McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. Includes: 2 Hours of Bowling, Shoe Rental, Pizza, Salad, and Soda. Tickets are $25. Supports Local 4-H Clubs and Afterschool Programs! You can support by attending yourself or sponsoring youth. Please remember your contributions to Extension are tax deductible. To show your support or sponsor youth click on the link below.

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SPEAKING FOR ILLINOIS 4-H - The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team has designed SFI4-H to train 4-H members in advanced public speaking skills and business etiquette to effectively promote the University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. The ultimate goal is to offer a cadre of polished teen speakers across the state that are available to speak to civic groups, potential donors (county or state), and elected officials on the local, state, and federal level. Whether the topic is recruitment of potential 4-H volunteers, fund-raising, or budgets, we need 4-H members who are trained and qualified to share the 4-H vision and get the job done! Current 4-H members ages 14-19 must have the approval of their Extension office in order to participate in this program. Training will focus on increasing one-day training and bi-annual teleconference follow-up training in order to continue on the SFI4-H roster. Youth must register on-line for training by Friday, April 10, 2015 for the April 25 training. Applications must be completed and forwarded to the State 4-H Office at that time. Registration for the training is $10.00. (Any adults attending training for youth support are asked to register also and pay the fee to help cover the cost of lunch.) Registration is currently open. To complete registration "click" on the link below.

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2015 BBQ FAMILY FESTIVAL & VENDOR FAIR -Saturday, June 20,2015, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The event will be held at the University of Illinois Extension, Lake County, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. HIGHLIGHTS: Great BBQ Items to Purchase; Great Vendors to Shop; Great Fun; Great Music and Dancing; Great Fathers of Lake County Cook-Off. Event is sponsored by the Lake County Extension Foundation. For more BBQ Family Festival information contact James Reaves at:; or call the Extension Office, 847-223-8627, ext.15. If you would like to participate in the BBQ Festival as a Vendor, click on the link below for the Vendor Application and Guidelines.

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Judging Opportunity for Community Service with 4-H Youth in Lake County-The 4-H program is a youth program for ages 8-18 supervised by the University of Illinois Extension. Every year the 4-H members prepare projects to be judged by adult volunteers knowledgeable in a specific 4-H project area. The program is always in need of judges to help 4-H members master their learning by doing. We are seeking volunteers to judge Saturday, July 25th or Sunday, July 26th depending on which project area you judge. Judging is held on Saturday and Sunday prior to the fair opening giving the staff and other volunteers time to set up the project display for the public. This year’s Lake County Fair is July 29-August 2, 2015. Judges will be given a short training and materials to reference. If this is something you would be interested in volunteering for please contact any of the following: Jodie Ells at; Jen Daniels at Please feel free to email any questions about this opportunity before you make a decision. Or call the Extension Office at: 847-223-8627.

Information and Resources for You

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

Extension Meetings

Extension Council Meeting Schedule 2014-2015
Tuesday September 23, 2014 • 6:00 PM
University of Illinois Extension Minutes
Tuesday January 27, 2015 • 6:30 PM

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