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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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“Cooking with Margaret: Main Meal Salads” will be given on September 8th, 6:30 PM at the Lake County Extension Auditorium, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL. Please register by calling the office at 847-223-8627. All HCE members and guests are welcome to attend.

PLANT BULBS THIS FALL FOR SPRING BLOOM - University of Illinois Extension - Lake County Master Gardeners have partnered with Flower Power Fundraising for this season's fundraiser. Flower Power offers top-quality flower bulbs for our friends and family members to purchase. All orders ship directly to our customers' homes and come with a 100% money-back guarantee. The Master Gardeners do some amazing work in Lake County and to keep doing that work, we hope to raise $2,000.

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COME TO THE FIRST ANNUAL MCHENRY COUNTY FARM STROLL!! September 27, 2015 from 12pm (noon) until 5pm. McHenry County 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.

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BECOME A MASTER GARDENER - If you enjoy gardening and like to learn and share your gardening knowledge, the Master Gardener program may be for you. All you need is an interest in gardening, an open mind, and a willingness to share knowledge with others. Attendance at all 12 Master Gardener training classes is required to complete the training. The training series is offered on Fridays, beginning in January of even numbered years. Each class begins at 9 am and concludes at 4 pm. Master Gardeners participate in more than 60 hours of training on botany, vegetables, lawn care, tree and small fruits, diseases, insects, soils, composting, pesticide safety, fertilizers, pruning, trees and flowers. The sessions are taught by Horticulture experts including University of Illinois specialists and Extension educators. Training is coordinated by area horticulture Extension educators. The emphasis of the information is practical, yet research-based. Cost of the program is approximately $295.This includes the Master Gardener manual and additional training materials used. In addition to the training, Master Gardeners give back at least 60 hours of volunteer time to Lake County Extension programs that first year. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, please click the link below for the application.

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Speaking for Illinois 4-H - Take advantage of new experiences; Join Speaking for Illinois 4-H! A fall Speaking for Illinois 4-H (SFI4-H) training, provided by the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, is being planned for Saturday, Sept. 26 in Waterloo. If you are 14 or older and wanting to give back to the 4-H program, expand your public speaking skills AND opportunities, and learn how to tell your 4-H story, then THIS training is for you!

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.

Unit 3 Lake and McHenry County Impact Report - Our quarterly newsletter is now available. Check out to see what Extension has been doing in your community.

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