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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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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

With winter upon us and the snow falling, it is time to make sure you are ready for the season. From travel information and snow shoveling to heating your house and having fun in the snow, the Winter Storm Resource Center will give you tips on how to stay safe during the winter.

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When you think of a Christmas flower, what comes to mind? The poinsettia is the most popular Christmas plant that is seen during the holidays. There are more than 100 different kinds available. This Christmas flower has become a household tradition. To learn more about this flower and how to care for it, check out Extension's website; the Poinsettia Pages.

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There are many different types of Christmas trees found in the United States. But what makes the perfect Christmas Tree? Learn more about how to select that perfect tree and the traditions behind the tree decorating by checking out Extension's website of Christmas Trees & More.

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The holidays are right around the corner. Have you started thinking about what you will fix for your family when they come over? For many, turkey tends to be the main dish for the holidays. Check out our Turkey for the Holiday website to get some recipe ideas and safety tips for preparing the bird.

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2017 Impact Report University of Illinois Extension Serving Boone, DeKalb, & Ogle Counties

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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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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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Extension Council Meeting
Thursday November 1, 2018 • 6:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Thursday March 7, 2019 • 6:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Thursday May 2, 2019 • 6:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Thursday September 5, 2019 • 6:00 PM

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