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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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Master Gardeners Harvest More Than 5 Tons of Food for Food Pantries

Master Gardeners Harvest More Than 5 Tons of Food for Food Pantries

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners had a record setting growing season at the Henry White Farm near Millstadt, IL.  Over 5 tons of fresh produce was harvested from the garden this year including tomatoes, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, and watermelons.  The produce is donated to area food pantries in Belleville and O’Fallon twice a week. 

 

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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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Veterans’ Wellness Garden Builds Community through Service

Veterans’ Wellness Garden Builds Community through Service

Gardening not only provides people with access to fresh, healthy produce, but it can also serve as a therapeutic stress-relieving activity. It was this belief in the healing properties of gardening that inspired the Veterans’ Community Wellness Garden at the Hillcrest Farm in Dixon, Illinois.

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