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Ogle County 4-H Horse Drill Team

Ogle County 4-H Horse Drill Team

The Ogle County 4-H Horse Drill Team rode in the Chicago McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They had a very early start to Thanksgiving Day as they met at 4:00 A.M. in Rochelle. From Rochelle, they caravanned to Chicago and were there before daybreak. The horses were dressed as Santa’s eight reindeer, including Rudolph with his blinking red nose!

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Peoria Academy's Outdoor Education Center Gardens

Peoria Academy's Outdoor Education Center Gardens

U of I Extension Master Gardeners are involved “Helping Others Learn to Grow” at Peoria Academy in the school’s Outdoor Education Center. The Garden is used as a hands-on teaching tool to promote experiential learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as a culinary and nutrition learning laboratory.

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Money Mentors Celebrates One Year!

Money Mentors Celebrates One Year!

Money Mentors recently gathered in Champaign to celebrate the first annual Money Mentor Volunteer Recognition Event. One year ago, 23 Money Mentors completed training and began providing money management education and financial coaching to people requesting help with budgeting, managing debt, and saving towards financial goals. Since then an additional 26 Mentors have joined the program that is currently active in Champaign, McLean, and Vermilion counties. In 2015, the program will expand to Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, and Woodford counties.

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4-H Helps Youth Become Responsible Citizens

4-H Helps Youth Become Responsible Citizens

University of Illinois Extension prides itself on promoting positive youth development through the 4-H program. In the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, staff and volunteers promote positive youth development through the concepts of belonging, independence, generosity, and mastery.

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Master Naturalist Tour West Peoria's Rocky Glen

Master Naturalist Tour West Peoria's Rocky Glen

University of Illinois Extension River Valley Master Naturalists are volunteers from Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties who help others connect with nature. In early October, 10 Master Naturalists met with Geology Professor Ed Stermer from Illinois Central College for a tour of Rocky Glen, a hidden gem along Kickapoo Creek Road in West Peoria. The opportunity allowed Master Naturalists to explore the beautiful terrain, learn of its rich history, and connect with nature.

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Master Gardeners Sow Seeds and Smiles with DuPage Convalescent Center Program

Master Gardeners Sow Seeds and Smiles with DuPage Convalescent Center Program

DuPage County Master Gardener volunteers are helping to grow skills and cultivate a community for DuPage Convalescent Center residents. The successful Gardening Year Round horticulture therapy program at the DuPage Convalescent Center (DPCC) features a 12,000-square-foot Residents’ Garden, which is bursting with blooms, butterflies and a bounty of vegetables this time of year. On most days, residents, visitors, volunteers or center employees can be found admiring or working in the raised beds.

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Experiencing New Foods in Preschool

Experiencing New Foods in Preschool

CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) It’s Fun to Be Healthy is the monthly curriculum for preschoolers age 3-5 in Peoria County. In 2013-2014 the four-person SNAP-Ed Team from University of Illinois Extension made 21,183 contacts with preschoolers in Peoria County using these materials which emphasize healthy nutrition behaviors.

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U of I Plant Clinic: A Reliable, Non-Biased Resource for Illinois Residents

U of I Plant Clinic: A Reliable, Non-Biased Resource for Illinois Residents

The University of Illinois Plant Clinic serves as an unbiased resource for diagnostics of routine, unusual, and exotic plant problems to help manage issues of pests and disease. The Plant Clinic has a long tradition of providing diagnostic and educational support to Illinois residents, serving as a clearinghouse for plant problems since 1976.

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Camp Corral: Where Military Kids Can Just Be Kids, Have Fun, and Form Lasting Friendships

Camp Corral: Where Military Kids Can Just Be Kids, Have Fun, and Form Lasting Friendships

It is a beautiful day at 4-H Memorial Camp, and Camp Corral’s “Hero Day” is fully underway. Campers are scattered throughout the campgrounds participating in activities lead by members of the National Guard, including camouflage face-painting, MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) tasting, paracord bracelet-making, code breaking, and exploring a parked Humvee. This is clearly no ordinary day at summer camp, and no ordinary group of campers.

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