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U of I Extension bird flu resources for small producers, backyard enthusiasts

U of I Extension bird flu resources for small producers, backyard enthusiasts

Although the bird flu virus has not yet been reported in Illinois, its presence in several midwestern states is close enough to home to cause concern. University of Illinois Extension specialists and educators hosted a one-hour conference call to address questions and provide information about avian influenza.

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Next Gen Extension: Extending Knowledge in the Information Age

Next Gen Extension: Extending Knowledge in the Information Age

Leia Kedem stands over a crockpot of buffalo chicken dip, wooden spoon in one hand, smartphone in the other. She’s been working on this week’s “recipe rescue” all afternoon, and her lower-fat adaptation of this party favorite came together just in time. In the morning, she’ll prepare it live for a television audience of thousands on the CBS affiliate for east-central Illinois. 

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Peoria Academy's Outdoor Education Center Gardens

Peoria Academy's Outdoor Education Center Gardens

U of I Extension Master Gardeners are involved “Helping Others Learn to Grow” at Peoria Academy in the school’s Outdoor Education Center. The Garden is used as a hands-on teaching tool to promote experiential learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as a culinary and nutrition learning laboratory.

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4-H Helps Youth Become Responsible Citizens

4-H Helps Youth Become Responsible Citizens

University of Illinois Extension prides itself on promoting positive youth development through the 4-H program. In the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, staff and volunteers promote positive youth development through the concepts of belonging, independence, generosity, and mastery.

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Master Naturalist Tour West Peoria's Rocky Glen

Master Naturalist Tour West Peoria's Rocky Glen

University of Illinois Extension River Valley Master Naturalists are volunteers from Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties who help others connect with nature. In early October, 10 Master Naturalists met with Geology Professor Ed Stermer from Illinois Central College for a tour of Rocky Glen, a hidden gem along Kickapoo Creek Road in West Peoria. The opportunity allowed Master Naturalists to explore the beautiful terrain, learn of its rich history, and connect with nature.

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Master Gardeners Sow Seeds and Smiles with DuPage Convalescent Center Program

Master Gardeners Sow Seeds and Smiles with DuPage Convalescent Center Program

DuPage County Master Gardener volunteers are helping to grow skills and cultivate a community for DuPage Convalescent Center residents. The successful Gardening Year Round horticulture therapy program at the DuPage Convalescent Center (DPCC) features a 12,000-square-foot Residents’ Garden, which is bursting with blooms, butterflies and a bounty of vegetables this time of year. On most days, residents, visitors, volunteers or center employees can be found admiring or working in the raised beds.

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Experiencing New Foods in Preschool

Experiencing New Foods in Preschool

CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) It’s Fun to Be Healthy is the monthly curriculum for preschoolers age 3-5 in Peoria County. In 2013-2014 the four-person SNAP-Ed Team from University of Illinois Extension made 21,183 contacts with preschoolers in Peoria County using these materials which emphasize healthy nutrition behaviors.

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U of I Plant Clinic: A Reliable, Non-Biased Resource for Illinois Residents

U of I Plant Clinic: A Reliable, Non-Biased Resource for Illinois Residents

The University of Illinois Plant Clinic serves as an unbiased resource for diagnostics of routine, unusual, and exotic plant problems to help manage issues of pests and disease. The Plant Clinic has a long tradition of providing diagnostic and educational support to Illinois residents, serving as a clearinghouse for plant problems since 1976.

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