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Tazewell County
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Fulton County
15411 N IL 100 Highway
Lewistown, IL 61542-9468
Phone: 309-547-3711
FAX: 309-547-3713
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Mason County
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Peoria County
4810 North Sheridan Rd
Peoria, IL 61614-5928
Phone: 309-685-3140
FAX: 309-685-3397
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Extension Snapshots

Extension Snapshots

2014 Extension Snapshot Archive

  • 2014 Annual Recap for Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Extension PDF
    The 2014 Annual Recap provides a glimpse into the efforts and impact the University of Illinois Extension has made in the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit.

  • 2014 Annual Report for Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Extension PDF
    Through partnerships, innovative programming, grants, and pilot programs, Extension has made a tremendous impact throughout our four-county unit during the past year. The Annual Report shares stories, data, and photos showcasing many of the programs.

  • 2014, 1 Ferree Wins Technology Excellence Award PDF
    Rhonda J. Ferree, U of I Extension horticulture educator, was awarded the U of I Extension Technology Excellence Award at Extension’s annual conference in November 2013.

  • 2014, 1 Giving Spirit of 4-Her's Help Warm the Hearts of Tornado Affected Families PDF
    “I pledge my hands to larger service” is part of the 4-H pledge that 4-H members say at every club meeting or event. Last month, those 4-H members and their families put that pledge into action by working together to make 24 blankets for families affected by the tornados.

  • 2014, 1 Keeping an "I" on Diabetes PDF
    Patients who are diagnosed with diabetes soon find out that managing their disease isn’t as simple as “eating less sugar.” Changes in knowledge, skills, and habits are needed to increase the odds of leading a long and healthy life.

  • 2014, 1 University of Illinois Engagement with Communities PDF
    During the fall semester, our unit engaged UIUC students in a number of different community and economic development initiatives. A new partnership for our region brings together the College of Business, College of Engineering, and the Specialized Manufacturing Group.

  • 2014, 10 Cathy Ludolph Honored With 25 Women in Leadership PDF
    U of I Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, is pleased to announce that Cathy Ludolph, Peoria County 4-H Program Coordinator, was honored with the prestigious WEEK 25 Women in Leadership Award.

  • 2014, 10 Hummingbird Banding Helps Others Learn to Grow PDF
    When Janis Blout invited the Fulton County 4-H members to a hummingbird banding at Lois White’s Hummingbird Haven near Bernadotte, Master Gardener Program Coordinator Julia Pryor jumped on the bandwagon and shared the invitation with the Master Gardeners in Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell counties.

  • 2014, 10 Learning Cooking Skills While Using Creativity and Teamwork in Peoria PDF
    4-H Special Interest Clubs, (SPIN), have grown in Peoria County over the last few years. The 4-H Food Challenge SPIN Club was added to the line-up this summer and was a success. Twelve young ladies ranging from eight to eighteen took part in the club.

  • 2014, 10 Three Local 4-H Volunteers Inducted into Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame PDF
    The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner. This year, over 1,000 supporters watched the induction of 66 new members into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. Charlotte Ann Myers of Fulton County, Morris Bell of Mason County, and Becky Hoerr of Tazewell County were three of the Hall of Fame winners this year.

  • 2014, 10 U of I Extension Working to Help Communities Prepare for the Emerald Ash Borer PDF
    On July 25th the Illinois Department of Ag announced that the Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in Peoria and Tazewell counties.

  • 2014, 11 4-H Science Sleepover Held at Wildlife Prairie Park PDF
    Wildlife Prairie Park was the location for this year's Girls 4-H Science Sleepover, held in September. Forty-four young ladies spent the night at the park doing hands-on activities.

  • 2014, 11 A New Vision for Regional Transit in Peoria PDF
    There is growing interest in regional transit solutions to facilitate urban redevelopment while managing automobile congestion.

  • 2014, 11 Experiencing New Foods in Preschool PDF
    In 2013-2014 the four-person SNAP-Ed Team from U of I Extension made 21,183 contacts with preschoolers in Peoria.

  • 2014, 11 Extension Helps 16 Communities Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer PDF
    U of I Extension helped 16 communities prepare for the emerald ash borer at an EAB Community Preparedness Planning Workshop on October 2nd in East Peoria.

  • 2014, 11 Junior Master Gardeners - Producing an Abundant Crop PDF
    There was no shortfall of beautiful blooms and produce in the Mason County Jr. Master Gardener gardens this year.

  • 2014, 11 Master Naturalists Tour West Peoria's Rocky Glen PDF
    ICC Geology Professor, Ed Stermer led a tour of Rocky Glen for the Master Naturalists.

  • 2014, 12 4-H Helps Youth Become Responsible Citizens PDF
    Ginger Schnecker, 4-H Youth Development Educator, recently had the opportunity to sit down with Kristi Smith, an 11-year 4-H member from the Laura Winners 4-H Club in Peoria County, and speak with her about how 4-H helped shape her life.

  • 2014, 12 Community Vision for Havana Made Clear by Survey PDF
    The City of Havana Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee partnered with Univwersity of Illinois Extension to gain a better understanding of the community vision for the future of Havana.

  • 2014, 12 Julann Schierer Awarded Office Support Excellence Award PDF
    Julann Schierer, Peoria County office support associate, was recognized with U of I Extension's Office Support Excellence Award at this year's statewide Annual Conference in Champaign.

  • 2014, 12 Peoria Academy's Outdoor Edcation Center Gardens PDF
    U of I Extension Master Gardeners are involved "Helping Others Learn to Grow" at Peoria Academy in the school's Outdoor Educatin Center.

  • 2014, 12 Teen Teachers: Making a Lasting Impact on Youth They Teach PDF
    This summer, 20 teens from Peoria and Tazewell counties participated in the 4-H Teens as Teachers program.

  • 2014, 2 Community Service Is a 4-H Tradition PDF
    Many 4-H clubs do community service projects throughout the year, but at holiday time, they were especially busy with community service.

  • 2014, 2 Extension Reaches Out To Community PDF
    University of Illinois Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Units serving low income families in Illinois have received grants to fund special projects which will run through October of 2014.

  • 2014, 2 Extension Spreading Warmth this Winer PDF
    The outpouring of support for the victims of the November tornados has been extraordinary with volunteers coming from as far away as Alaska. The University of Illinois Extension has been providing support in a number of ways including setting up a website to distribute information and working with the Long Term Recovery Committee.

  • 2014, 2 Gardening Friends! PDF
    University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener involvement cultivates friendships that grow closer in each season of life.

  • 2014, 2 Mapping Brilliant Minds for the Future PDF
    Each October there is a different National Youth Science Experiment that is revealed by the University of Illinois Extension for the 4-H year that runs from September to August. This year's experiment is Maps and Apps.

  • 2014, 3 Seeds2Success PDF
    Through the HUD Sustainability Grant, Peoria County engaged the University of Illinois Extension to help create a business plan and feasibility study to build a local foods economy. This program has become known as Seeds2Success.

  • 2014, 3 2013 Horticulture Program Summary PDF
    In 2013, Horticulture programming achieved media success, grew a stronger Master Gardener program, expanded and strengthened Master Naturalist program, delivered community and home vegetable gardening education and provided horticultural outreach.

  • 2014, 3 4-H Federation Offers Many Leadership Opportunities PDF
    The youth leadership team in Tazewell County is commonly known as 4-H Federation. The group of teens is comprised of 4-H members from throughout the county. Federation members meet once a month for their regular business meeting in addition to special events and service projects.

  • 2014, 3 Celebrating Heart Month: Meals for a Healthy Heart PDF
    Each February, the American Heart Association shines a spotlight on the number one killer of all Americans – heart disease – through a variety of awareness event. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease.

  • 2014, 3 Trewyn 4-H Cooking Club-where kids learn healthy food can be fun! PDF
    What could be more fun than getting to eat healthy snacks as part of a 4-H Afterschool program? While learning about healthy eating and physical fitness, youth at Trewyn’s 4-H Cooking Club are also learning valuable life skills, too.

  • 2014, 4 Fulton County Launches New Website PDF
    Over the past year, Fulton County Board has been working with the Illinois Association of Electric Cooperatives, Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development, Dickson Mounds Museum, county staff, and University of Illinois Extension to develop a new online presence. All governments face growth in demand for services while confronting a strained economy, coupled with the belief that it is appropriate to explore new opportunities where technology innovation is essential.

  • 2014, 4 I Pledge....My Hands to Larger Service PDF
    “I pledge…. my hands to larger service…” This familiar phrase is heard each month at local 4-H club/group meetings. 4-H members are encouraged to develop and practice skills to become helpful or useful in their club/group, community, country, and world.

  • 2014, 4 Learning New Skills Through Fun Hands-On Workshops PDF
    There was lots of chatter, laughter, and flowing thoughts at this year’s Clover Clinic. There were 185 youth from Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Counties who signed up for the exciting day of hands-on learning.

  • 2014, 4 Spring is Coming...Or Nature Thinks So PDF
    It has been a very long and cold winter this year. Records were set for the most snow fall in a single season across much of Illinois. This year in Chicago a total of 79.8 inches of snow fell and Peoria received 54.4 inches.

  • 2014, 4 The Silent Killer PDF
    February was American Heart Month. Peoria County’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) staff and a local dietetic intern brought this topic to the table for a local EFNEP agency group. This group was comprised of about thirty women who championed a three week series on steps they can take to improve their heart health and decrease their risk of heart disease.

  • 2014, 4 Valuable Volunteer Impact PDF
    In 2013 Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell County Master Gardeners combined to provide over 14,200 hours of volunteer service to area residents. Area Master Gardeners are involved in “Helping Others Learn to Grow” and sharing information to assist with various projects.

  • 2014, 5 4-H Federation Does Service Project For the Troops PDF
    At a recent Fulton County 4-H Federation meeting, seventeen members and guests met to work on a community service project for the troops overseas.

  • 2014, 5 Connecting Master Naturalist With New Partners PDF
    The River Valley Master Naturalists with the U of I Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell unit, is a volunteer group who helps others connect with nature. Most recently the MN volunteers held a much overdue meeting at the Chautauqua U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuge.

  • 2014, 5 EFNEP Improves Healthy Food Practices PDF
    EFNEP in the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit currently has seven staff members who are teaching nutrition programs in local agencies, schools, and other community sites to improve the health of low-income adults with young children in their homes.

  • 2014, 5 Greater Peoria Regional Food Summit PDF
    Government officials, farmers and others gathered on Saturday, March 29 at the RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center to discuss how locally grown foods can contribute to our local economy.

  • 2014, 5The Darn Stitch (SPIN) Club Learns to Stick Weave! PDF
    The Darn Stitch Club in Mason County recently began series two of lessons on stitching disciplines. The club name plays off the stitching tool that members learned to use right away, the darning needle.

  • 2014, 6 Boys Learn Natural Sciences at Extension's First Adventure Camp PDF
    Last month U of I Extension embarked on a new adventure – an adventure camp for boys to be exact. The camp was the first offering of this type for boys in our multi-county unit. The event was made possible by a grant from the Peoria Academy of Science.

  • 2014, 6 Earth Day Event Plants Seeds of Hope PDF
    Earth Day is a time when energy is channeled into creating a clean, healthy environment for future generations.

  • 2014, 6 Money Smart Week Meets Nutrition PDF
    During the week of April 7, local organizations helped area residents improve their money management skills with Peoria’s annual Money Smart Week. More than 4,200 Money Smart Week events took place throughout 49 states this year as well as Washington D.C.

  • 2014, 6 Nurturing Skills and Science Are Learned Through 4-H Embryology PDF
    Life, in all its diverse forms, is a wonder that students can learn to appreciate and understand. In the 4-H Incubation and Embryology Project, students ranging from pre-school to high school seniors learn about embryonic development as they care for developing chicken eggs.

  • 2014, 7 U of I Extension's Dandelion News Article Goes Viral PDF
    Horticulture Educator Rhonda Ferree’s article on dandelions reached thousands through various media sources.

  • 2014, 7 Dog Agility and Obedience SPIN Club Off To a Good Start PDF
    Tazewell 4-H Member, Danielle Stuber, has a passion for training dogs. She trains them in obedience, agility, and to become service dogs.

  • 2014, 7 Mason County Takes Aim at the IL 4-H State Shooting Competition PDF
    Mason County was well represented at the first ever, Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports Competition. Members competed on May 31, 2014 at the Brittany Shooting Park in Bunker Hill, Illinois.

  • 2014, 7 Washington eCommerce Project Engages Business with Graduate Students PDF
    Four businesses in Washington, IL teamed with U of I Extension and a U of I Department of Business Administration graduate class to explore application of technology to their local business.

  • 2014, 8 Canton Main Street PDF

  • 2014, 8 Fulton County Farm Safety Day Camp PDF

  • 2014, 8 Master Naturalist Making a Difference PDF

  • 2014, 8 Teens and Children have fun at Summer Cooking School PDF

  • 2014, 8 Village of Mackinaw PDF
    By definition a bud holds the promise of future growth. U of I Extension Tazewell County Master Gardener C. B. “Bud” Potts’ life cast a vision of excellence that impacted future generations. He is fondly remembered as a person who made a difference while he “Helped Others Learn to Grow”.

  • 2014, 9 4G STEM Camp (Girls + Games + Gadgets = Genius) PDF
    What do you get when you put 28 seventh and eighth grade girls together with engineers, architects, web designers and medical professionals for a week-long camp? You get a once in a life-time experience that engaged the girls in experiences they will never forget. From seeing a state of the art medical training facility to driving an excavator, each day was filled with experiences unlike any the girls had experienced previously.

  • 2014, 9 4-H Camp Clover From Chefs to Superheroes PDF
    “Zumba!” “Inside out pizzas!” “Fruit kabobs!” “Trying on the Fireman’s Gear!” and “Baby Shark song!” were just a few of the responses from over 100 youth when asked what their favorite experience at Camp Clover was this year.

  • 2014, 9 Extension Responds Quickly to Emerald Ash Borer Discovery PDF
    University of Illinois Extension responded quickly to the recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Peoria and Tazewell counties. On July 25th the Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the detections occurred in residential areas of the two central Illinois counties. Rhonda Ferree, Extension Educator in Horticulture, created simple instructions for Extension staff and Master volunteers on how to handle emerald ash borer questions.

  • 2014, 9 Growing Food, Kids & Community PDF
    4-H Garden Special Interest, or SPIN Clubs provide new areas of exploration, awareness, enjoyment, amazement and learning for youth. Gardening provides different forms of engagement for youth, including designing, planting, and maintaining gardens; harvesting, preparing, and sharing food; working cooperatively in groups; learning about science and nutrition; and increasing awareness of the environment, natural resources, ecology, conservation, composting and recycling.

  • 2014, 9 Kids in the Kitchen in Mason County PDF
    Kids in the Kitchen cooking classes took off with a bang this summer at two community sites in Havana. Twenty three youth between the ages of 6 and 13 learned nutrition basics, food preparation, and food safety from University of Illinois Extension SNAP-Ed staff. The curriculum emphasized the importance of physical activity. All involved in the program had plenty of fun, while learning, too!

  • 2014, 9 New 4-H Coordinator Joins Tazewell County PDF
    Erin Barrow recently joined the team of staff at the University of Illinois Extension. She is the new 4-H Program Coordinator for Tazewell County.