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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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Helpful Hydration Tips! Make half the plate fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have a high water content. These foods contribute 20% of fluids recommended, and a great way to help meet hydration needs with extra nutrients. Keep a water bottle handy. A water bottle is a continuous reminder to drink throughout the day. Try adding lemon, cucumber, or other fruits for an extra zip. Remember other sources. Smoothies, soups, yogurt, milk, 100% juices, coffee and tea are additional sources to stay hydrated all summer long!

I Didn’t Know That! Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States. Swimming is an ideal way for children and adults to stay physically active, and just two and a half hours of swimming per week can decrease the risk of chronic illness. Here are a few tips to remember and keep in mind before and while children are around pools, lakes, and beaches. Everyone should know the basics of swimming which includes: floating, moving through the water and (CPR) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Make life jackets a must. Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties”. Have children ask permission prior to going near the water. Make sure your pool is fenced in on all four sides. It is encouraged that pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool. Make sure there is a self-closing or self-locking gate. Be on the lookout. Closely supervise children at all times while they are near the water. Adults need to avoid distracting activities while children are in the pool. Use a secure pool cover when the pool is not in use. Door alarms: some people recommend placing an alarm that sounds when the pool door is opened. Install anti-entrapment drain covers. Be aware of electrical issues can be detrimental. Stay hydrated. Don’t drink the pool or ocean water. Don’t dive into water before someone has determined it is safe. Be aware of fast-moving water and rip currents. Source: Adapted by Tessa Hobbs-Curley, Family Life Educator from “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”2016.

McHenry County Farm Stroll! 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. Don’t bring pets, please. 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. Follow the farmers’ instructions, respect the animals, and watch your children. Wash your hands after exposure to livestock. Visit McHenry County Farm Bureau at or or call 815-338-1520. Visit University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners at, call 815-338-3737, or visit or northernilfarmstroll.

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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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Extension Council Meeting Minutes, April 23, 2019
Tuesday April 23, 2019 • 6:00 PM
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Tuesday June 11, 2019 • 6:00 PM

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