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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/McHenry County has a position open for an Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. For more information or to view the job description and for instructions to apply online "Click Below".

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It’s National 4-H Week October 4 – 11! Celebrate with 6 million 4-H members! 4-H members in the county will join the 6 million youth across the country in celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 4-10. 4-H youth development programs provide hands-on learning activities for youth in Illinois and throughout the country. 4-H youth programs focus on leadership, citizenship and life skills. Illinois is using the theme “Adventures Await” because that’s just what happens when you join 4-H… ADVENTURE! Did you know? • The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences encourages youth to experiment, innovate, and think independently. • 4-H grows confident kids who tackle issues that matter most in their communities. • For more than 100 years, 4-H has been the place where youth BELONG, youth LEAD, youth SERVE and youth LEARN. • Illinois 4-H Youth Development programs provide opportunities for the whole family to grow together. Boys and girls attend the same club events, and families are encouraged to be an active part of the club. • More than half of the Illinois 4-H members surveyed who were entering college said their 4-H project helped them choose a major. • Illinois 4-H members are more likely than other youth to want a job related to science and see science as exciting. • 4-H club members support their local community through service projects. • Illinois 4-H members are prepared for their future by studying careers related to their 4-H project.

When you buy something, you are often asked, "Will this be cash or credit?" Using a credit card has become a very common way to pay for goods and services the family needs and wants. If you don't have the cash to pay for the item, you may be tempted to use a credit card. But, you should consider the cost of using credit, as you are using future income to pay for the item. Credit Card Smarts is a series of fact sheets that provides up-to-date information about credit card topics, such as selecting the right credit card, checking your credit report, managing your debt, and credit card laws that protect the consumer. Most of the fact sheets include a hands-on activity to apply the information to your personal situation.

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Watch this year’s state 4-H Shooting Sports contest. Two great events, two great days, still one great 4-H program. As the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program grows, so does its contest. This year’s State 4-H Shoot will be held on two days in two different locations. The state contest for archery and shotgun will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at Brittany Shooting Park in Bunker Hill. The address of the facility is 11374 Prairie Dell Rd. in Bunker Hill. The state competition for rifle will be held Saturday, Oct. 17 at the new Central Illinois Precision Shooters (CIPS) indoor facility in Bloomington. The address of the facility is 6125 E 1175 North Road in Bloomington. Registration has closed for the contest, but the public is welcome to attend

SAVE THE DATE - University of Illinois Extension, Lake County Annual Banquet and Hall of Fame. Saturday, October 24, 2015, 6:00 pm, at the Holiday Inn in Gurnee, 6161 W Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL 60031. Sponsored by the Lake County Extension Foundation. If you have any questions about the event, please contact James Reaves at 847-223-8627.

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