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University of Illinois Extension serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties

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)

Upcoming Events

The Great 4-H Learning Garden at Wildlife Prairie Park Meeting

February 24, 2018 (10:00 AM )

Wildlife Prairie Park -Forest Hall lower level
3826 Taylor Rd
Hanna City, IL 61536 (Peoria County)

The Great 4-H Learning Garden is located at Wildlife Prairie Park. Master Gardeners May Bach and Rebecca Knight are the new leaders of this 4-H Special Interest club. 

Join this group and learn to create some beautiful examples of garden artwork, experience new and interesting gardening methods, make some new friends, and grow a wonderful variety of plant foods to feed the animal residents of Wildlife Prairie Park.  Over the next few months, we will plan, educate, and design our various garden elements with interested persons of all ages.  Our work and creative adventures will begin in January, and with at least 1 scheduled meeting each month, we will grow in our knowledge and have a lot of fun too.

February 24:            

  • Meet to create decorative plant markers, and bees and butterflies to fly in our garden.
  • Learn which plants are required to feed which butterfly, and how to start seedlings.
  • Play a matching game that will connect our goals to our knowledge.

 Future Meeting plans include (dates, times, and locations will be scheduled as weather and availability permit)


  • Meet to create a painted fence, and a see-through compost vertical display.
  • Learn the elements of proper watering methods and drainage.  Learn how to compost and create soil.
  • Play a guessing game with famous names.


  • Meet to view our garden site, and see the elements of design.  Weather permitting.  There may be some actual work in the garden during this meeting.
  • Learn which vegetables feed which animal at the park, and how their diet, like ours, gives them the quality of life.
  • Play a game in identifying animals.


  • Meet to plant, mark beds, and create the “footsteps” into our garden.
  • Learn the depth of soil for transplants, how to heat a garden bed, how to sow seeds, and how to plant beds in session plantings.
  • Play hopscotch on our newly created hopscotch play area                                                            


  • More planting, path maintenance, painting tool handles, and other garden elements on site.
  • Learn how raised bed create a new garden fast. 
  • Learn about straw bales, barrels, and bag planting methods in our garden.

 July – September            

  • Maintaining the garden and paths, some harvesting; perhaps visit the animal kitchen
  • Creating more art projects as time, and ideas arise.

October – November    

  • Continued harvest, learning how to put the garden to bed for the winter, and reviewing what succeeded, and what needs to be improved for next year.                            

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