The invasive insect spotted lanternfly has been found in Illinois for the first time. Residents are being warned to watch out for and report sightings of this pest which can damage trees. Send photos of spotted lanternflies to email@example.com and include detailed information such as time, location, and number of insects.
We are inviting everyone to join staff and 4-H families for this free event with carnival games, putt-putt golf, bozo buckets, kite making, and face painting. Gather information to join a 4-H club and have your questions answered on Oct. 8 from 4-6 PM.
Are you a highly resilient person? Join Family Life Educator, Kara Schweitzer, at the Rock River Center in Oregon on Oct. 11 as she discusses the characteristics of resilient people and how you can nurture and strengthen your resilience. This program is free and open to the public, registration is required.
Free, family-friendly event on Oct. 15 from 11 AM-4 PM for a self-guided tour of some of Ogle County's diversified family farms. There is no beginning or end, just choose which farms to visit and hit the road! Farm tours, demonstrations and fresh local sales of produce and more. Dress for the weather, event will take place rain or shine.
Are you a 7th-12th grader thinking about career choices and your future? Join us Oct. 21 to discover various careers and experience a "Real World" simulation. Register by October 10! Lunch is provided.
Extension Family Life Educator, Kara Schweitzer, will be speaking on Nov. 6 at the Rock River Center in Oregon about how humor is good for you for its physical and psychological benefits. This program is free and open to the public, registration is required.
DeKalb County 4-H is excited to name Carl Heide as their recipient of the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. Carl has been a judge for the general projects show for over 32 years. He is known for being friendly and encouraging. He also does an exceptional job of talking to the 4-H members about their projects and guiding and leading youth. Congratulations, Carl, on your induction to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame.
Boone County 4-H is excited to name Amy Hildebrandt as their recipient of the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. Amy has served as a 4-H leader of the Manchester Mavericks 4-H club for nearly 20 years. In addition, she served as an Illinois 4-H chaperone to 4-H Club Congress. Currently, Amy is a member of the Expansion and Review Committee and she is serving as a founding member of the Boone County 4-H Foundation. Amy is always a cheerleader for the 4-H program, encouraging youth and families to join. Congratulations!
Ogle County 4-H is excited to name Gretchen Johnson as their recipient of the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. Gretchen has been a dedicated volunteer for over 12 years. She has coached the horse bowl and hippology team for 12 years and has led them to qualify at state and national levels. Gretchen took on the role of managing the children's farm during the 4-H fair. She recently joined the Ogle DeKalb County 4-H Horse Committee. Thank you for your service, Gretchen, and congratulations!
Congratulations, John Prendergast on being the recipient of the 2023 State Sustained Excellence Award. This award recognizes previous State Outstanding Master Gardener Award winners who have continued to develop in their Master Gardener career with new responsibilities and initiatives. Not only is John the lead grower for the Engh Farm Garden, he also participates in many other Master Gardener projects within the county. His commitment to the Master Gardener program and his passion for educating others about gardening is exemplary. Thank you for all that you do, John!
Congratulations, Christine Scholl on receiving the 2023 State Outstanding Master Gardener Award! Only 1-2% of active Master Gardeners in the state are recognized with this award annually. Christine has been involved in the DeKalb Master Gardener program for over 11 years and is a key volunteer. She has been the project lead for the Hallgren Park Gardens since joining the group and has increased her responsibilities over the years with multiple DeKalb County Master Gardener projects. Thank you for your time and hard work, Christine!