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University of Illinois Extension serving Boone, DeKalb and Ogle Counties

Ogle County
421 W Pines Rd, Ste 10
Oregon, IL 61061
Phone: 815-732-2191
FAX: 815-732-4007
Email: uie-bdo@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Boone County
205 Cadillac Court
Unit 3
Belvidere, IL 61008-1733
Phone: 815-544-3710
FAX: 815-544-4606
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

DeKalb County
1350 West Prairie Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178-3166
Phone: 815-758-8194
FAX: 815-758-8199
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

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Welcome!

Thank you for visiting our website. University of Illinois Extension's Boone-DeKalb-Ogle Unit is the link between University of Illinois and all of our friends and neighbors in Boone, DeKalb and Ogle counties. U of I Extension offers practical, research-based education to help people improve their lives and communities through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work. Please contact us at any of our offices with questions or to learn more about these educational or leadership opportunities. We also encourage you to add our site to your favorites list.

U of I Extension is based in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and works with all colleges and units of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Land Grant University system was instituted in 1862 to provide practical education to state residents, to help them use and apply knowledge. The mission of the land grant, often summarized as the triad of teaching – research – extension, aims to engage researchers, community members, and University students in generating and sharing knowledge. However, it is through Extension that the university extends knowledge, and demonstrates how knowledge is applied as practical solutions beyond the classroom. Extension is often described as engagement or outreach, but Extension goes beyond dissemination by collaborating with stakeholders across the state to share information and gather input that also informs research.

Today's Features

There are a variety of severe weather hazards that affect Illinois, including floods, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Are you prepared should you experience one of these natural disasters? Here are some helpful tips and information to get you ready.

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Have you ever wanted to learn more about horticulture? Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer in your community? If you answered "yes" to both of these questions, you should consider joining University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. This years in-person Master Gardener training will take place on Tuesdays from 9:00am to 3:30pm starting August 28 thru November 13 in Dixon, IL (go.illinois.edu/CLWmgtraining) Or Mondays from 9:00am to 3:30pm starting September 24 thru December 10 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

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Four Seasons Gardening webinars have been recorded and saved on YouTube. These webinars provide a great way to brush up on horticulture topics that may interest you. Each webinar is presented by a U of I Extension Horticulture Educator with program material based off of current research information. Check out the archived recordings. You just might learn something new!

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Spring has arrived and many of us are thinking about planting. Container gardens are a great option for small spaces. Follow the link for a great guide for choosing a container, selecting soil mixes, as well as choosing and combining plants.

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Learn how to make healthier choices on a budget.

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FREE Educational Materials Available! University of Illinois Extension is offering "touchable" museum artifacts and lessons in kits that are available for check out to area educators and organizations. An Artifact Speaks program examines a variety of ancient cultures such as Rome, Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and India.

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Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Local Food Systems and Small Farms Environment and Energy Stewardship Nutrition and Wellness Commercial Agriculture Community and Economic Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Leadership and Local Government Schools Online

Extension Meetings

March 8, 2018
Thursday March 8, 2018 • 6:00 PM
Boone / DeKalb / Ogle Extension Council Meeting
Thursday May 24, 2018 • 6:00 PM
Boone / DeKalb / Ogle Extension Council Meeting
Thursday September 20, 2018 • 6:00 PM

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