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Row of blooming Callery pear trees
Six replacement trees for invasive Callery pear
URBANA, Ill. — Now considered an invasive species, Callery pear is a widely used ornamental flowering tree with negative effects on native ecosystems. The tree is still bought, sold, and planted because it has not yet made the...
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Local high schools face off in Regional 4-H Food Challenge
URBANA, Ill — Teams from five local high schools gathered in Bevier Hall on the University of Illinois Campus for the Regional 4-H Food Challenge competition on April 12. The 4-H Food Challenge is a competition that promotes teamwork, gives youth experience in public speaking, and promotes...
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Illinois Extension seeks volunteers for Cultural Day Celebration
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Get ready for a vibrant exploration of global cultures at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy! University of Illinois Extension is partnering with the school to host a spectacular Cultural Day on Friday, April 26th, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the school located at 606 E...
two morel mushrooms growing on the forest floor
Spring brings opportunity to forage wild mushrooms
URBANA, Ill. — Spring is a time of change. Migrating birds return. Ephemeral wildflowers start popping up. And morel mushrooms start appearing prompting enthusiastic mushroom hunters to scour forests across Illinois in search of the elusive and delectable fungi. Determined foragers...

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