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University of Illinois Extension serving Lake and McHenry Counties

Lake County
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

McHenry County
1102 McConnell Road
PO Box 1430
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: 815-338-3737
FAX: 815-338-4755
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

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Thank you for visiting our website, the staff and volunteers of Lake and McHenry County (Unit 3) invite you to explore our educational programs. Extension offer practical research-based education you can trust that help people solve problems, develop life skills and build a better future. Our mission is to help local residents put knowledge to work by serving as the local link to the University of Illinois. We invite you to explore how Extension can make a difference in your life, and the lives of your family and community. Please contact us at 847-223-8627 with questions or to learn more about our educational programs and volunteer leadership opportunities.


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McHenry County Farm Stroll! Sunday September 30, 2018 10:00am to 4:00pm. Farm Stroll is a self-guided tour of McHenry County’s diversified family farms. There is no beginning or end of the tour: just choose the farms you wish to visit and go during the stroll’s timeframe. There is no charge for Farm Stroll. However, bring some cash; individual farmers will be selling products and produce. Some farms will conduct tours and demonstrations. For your safety, follow the farmers’ instructions, and be respectful of the animals. These are working farms; have control over small children at all times. Wash your hands after exposure to livestock. Don’t bring pets, please.

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The Lake County Extension Foundation requests that you save the date for our Mystery & Masquerade Ball Fundraiser. This banquet is our premier event for the Lake County Extension Foundation to raise funds to support programs of the University of Illinois Extension in Lake County. This exciting event will be held on October 13, 2018. The Social will be from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm and the Dinner will be from 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm at DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein Hotel, 510 E. IL Route 83, Mundelein, IL 60060.

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Happy New 4-H Year! The first 4-H Leader's meeting will be held on September 26, at the University of Illinois Extension-Lake County at 6:00 PM. This will be the first meeting of the new year. We will be handing out important changes, opportunities and going over all documents needed to start a successful year. It’s very important that we have all the Leaders in attendance. Light dinner will be served. Please take a moment and register for the meeting by clicking on this link below.

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Four years. Free tuition. We have exciting news! Starting Fall 2019, new freshmen who are Illinois residents and whose annual family income is $61,000 or less will receive free tuition for four years. That's Illinois Commitment!

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The Lake County Extension Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The foundation’s mission is to generate resources to enhance research based educational programs of the University of Illinois Extension while serving the interest of all donors. We work together to raise funds to support our community through need-based programs offered by the staff of the Lake County University of Illinois Extension. Click the link below for more information.

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4-H Youth Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness

Extension Meetings

Annual Impact Report Unit 3 2017
Friday January 26, 2018 • 10:30 AM
Extension Council Meeting Minutes, April 24, 2018
Tuesday April 24, 2018 • 6:30 PM
Extension Council Meeting Agenda, September 25, 2018
Monday September 10, 2018 • 6:00 PM

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