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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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4-H Lake County Fair Book - July 29-August 2, 2015. Please review the rules and regulations regarding exhibiting your 4-H project for fair. "Click Below" to view and print the 4-H Fair Book.

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4-H Citizen Scientist Training College of Lake County - June 29 from 8 am-12 pm and July 27 4-8 pm. RSVP to Elizabeth Cozzi: The 4-H Citizen Scientist program provides junior and senior high youth opportunities to extend learning beyond current 4-H project work into the world of hands-on research. As a citizen scientist, 4-H members observe and record information from an environmental area close to their home. The members will collect data from samples taken at their site and contribute their data to the growing field of scientific research related to water quality. The program is open to current 4-H members and volunteers, as we well as youth and adults who aren’t current members but wish to learn how to improve their local environment. All participants will receive specialized training at no cost and receive materials toward the project. 4-H members and adult volunteers will be trained in this stream-monitoring program and, in turn, help monitor water quality of Illinois wadeable streams. Each 4-H Citizen Scientist team will be assigned a stream site in their community to monitor over the course of the summer. Upon successful completion of the Illinois RiverWatch training, each 4-H Citizen Scientist team will receive a 4-H Citizen Scientist Took Kit. The kit will contain supplies needed to conduct the monitoring over the summer. 4-H Citizen Scientists will be contributing new knowledge to the field of water quality monitoring here in Illinois. “Adults interested in environmental issues might find 4-H Citizen Scientist to their liking,” said University of Illinois 4-H Youth Development Specialist Bill Million, “especially if they like working with youth on relevant environmental issues. “Additionally, this program offers certified Master Naturalists’ an opportunity to work alongside and guide 4-H members as they study the world around them,” Million said. Master Naturalists are encouraged to contact their local Extension Office to see how they can become involved.

4-H McHenry County Fair Book - August 5-August 9,2015. Please review the rules and regulations regarding exhibiting your 4-H projects for fair. "Click Below" to view and print the 4-H Fair Book.

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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!

2015 Illinois 4-H State Fair - Judges Assistants. Will you help us at state fair? Each day we’ll need about 75 volunteers to help with the state fair general project judging. There are many ways to help? • Judge’s assistants help monitor project exhibits, call up exhibitors for judging, apply ribbons to exhibits and record official grades. There are two different shifts we need workers … 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM and Noon to 5 PM. Pick one or both shifts to help! If you wish to be reimbursed for your time, we can offer up to $35 per day for judge’s assistants. You can even select the project area you wish to assist. REGISTER ONLINE @ . Mention “paid” or “volunteer” in the notes section to let us know if you’ll be requesting payment.

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