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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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The Leadership Academy was developed by the University of Illinois in partnership with United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) to provide leadership training on issues important to elected and appointed county officials. For anyone seeking to manage and lead more effectively, the academy offers a learning network and a connection to cutting edge information. The application deadline is April 1, 2016. Apply by mail, fax, or email (preferred, to Anne H. Silvis.

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Superfoods to the Rescue - You've probably heard of "superfoods" but what does that actually mean? Nutrition professionals describe the healthiest foods as ones which provide the best benefits and may reduce the risk of disease. Nutrient-dense foods, fiber, probiotics and functional foods will be explored and health benefits revealed. Join us to learn more about putting meals together that are both delicious and wholesome to build healthy bodies and sharp minds. Lake County Association for Home Community Education (LCAHCE) is sponsoring this Educator taught lesson, Thursday, February 11, 2016, 10:00 - 11:00 am, at the University of Illinois Extension Office, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. To register please call the Extension Office at: 847-223-8627. Public is welcome!

Join the 2016 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 24 at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake.

Live Webinar - Join us online for... Professor J. Giertz with the Institute of Government & Public Affairs who will share his analysis of the current state budget crisis looking both at current and future impacts on local government budgets. Thursday, February 18th, Noon - 1:00 PM, CST.

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Illinois Nutrition Education Programs (INEP): 2016 School Wellness Webinar Series. January 6: Recess Before Lunch: Order is More Important than You Think! February 3: USDA Smarter Lunchrooms: Optimizing Your Lunchroom to Promote (& Sell!) Health. March 9: Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Grant: Everything You Need to Know! April 6: Backpack Nutrition Programs: How to Get Started for Success. May 4: USDA Team Nutrition 101: Navigating & Using Materials Like an Expert! All Webinars Scheduled 3 - 3:30 p.m. Includes Live Q&A. Register today by clicking on the link below!

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Message From Your County Director: As 2015 comes to an end, we begin to reflect on the many accomplishments that the unit has achieved. We have spearheaded projects to bring community gardens to local food deserts, nutrition education to SNAP eligible residents and provided leadership opportunities for local teen mentors. We have forged relationships with local leaders and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors to bring research based information to our residents in an effort to improve the lives and communities of those we serve. Our accomplishments are made possible by the investments of our supporters through their financial donations and time spent volunteering within the community. We would like to thank you all for your support and look forward to continuing our lasting relationships throughout our communities. To view the 2015 Annual Report click the link "Below".

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Save the Date – 2016 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference. The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team is starting to make plans for the 13th Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference scheduled for February 27-28 at the Hawthorne Suites in Champaign. Planned specifically for 7th and 8th grade 4-H members, the weekend will be full of fun, hands-on workshops and team-building activities that help develop skills in young leaders.

Information and Resources for You

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