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Cook County Extension Science Volunteer

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Cook County Master Gardeners:

Would you like to branch out into another area of science?

The Cook County Extension science team is recruiting volunteers, and Dr. Oliver, our NE Region Director, and Dean of Urban Affairs suggested they look among the talented Master Gardeners for additional help. I know that will be of interest to a few special people. It is a great team of Educators, and I think you would enjoy the program.The application is on the Cook County Science and Tech team website at If you have questions, give me a call or one of the Educators listed on the website.

Extension Science Volunteers


Studies have shown that U.S. students are falling behind the rest of the world in science and math. One of the most significant reasons for this declining performance is that students lack exposure to scientific fields. The most affected individuals are from underserved communities who are typically not encouraged to explore the sciences and as a result are not prepared to pursue scientific careers.

To bridge this gap the University of Illinois Extension has developed a Science Volunteer Program aimed at providing scientific education to underrepresented populations in Cook County. The goal of this program is to provide supplemental, experiential learning for primary and secondary students, as well as adults and teachers.

Science Volunteers use their scientific background to provide enhanced, appropriate, personal, academic, and scientific education to help individuals achieve their future goals and to influence career choices in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

We hope that you find this project worthwhile and seize this opportunity to become a force for positive change in your community by joining the Science Volunteers. By doing so you can make a meaningful contribution to the lives of others.

Nancy Pollard
Horticulture Educator
Cook County / South Suburban Unit
5527 Miller Circle Drive, Suite A, Matteson, Illinois 60443
phone (708) 720-7500. fax (708) 720-7509

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