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Building a strong and connected community

Illinois Extension building a strong and connected community


As we move forward in 2024, let our hands continue to sow the seeds of knowledge and our hearts beat in unison, fostering a sense of belonging and connectedness. Together, we'll continue to shape a future where individuals and families in Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside Counties thrive.

Announcements and Highlights

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Summer Youth Programs

Learn, do and have fun this summer! Youth program topics include forensic science, nature exploration, sewing, gardening, cooking, dance and animal care workshops. Check back for new classes as the summer progresses.

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Gardeners Corner

Get advice and inspiration to make your garden, landscape or houseplants shine in any season. Subscribe to Gardeners Corner, a quarterly newsletter from the Illinois Extension team of horticulture experts.


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SVCC Child Fair: Travel Around the World!

Families are welcome to travel the world through interactive activities, booths and displays. Discover more about 4-H, visit a petting zoo, explore emergency vehicles and much more. June 1, from 9am-Noon. FREE.

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Illinois Extension at the Dixon City Market

Join Illinois Extension staff at the Dixon City Market each Wednesday evening this summer to learn something new, explore useful resources, or do a kid’s activity. Staff from our Master Gardeners, Family Life and 4-H program areas will rotate engaging visitors each week.

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Whiteside 4-H Federation Pork Chop BBQ

Join us for a delicious fresh-grilled BBQ meal and help support the work 4-H Federation does in our communities. Each $10 meal comes with a pork chop sandwich, baked beans, apple sauce, chips, cookie and water. Order your meals today (payment by credit card) with the link below. Pre-sales will continue through July 7.

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News Releases
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Recognizing heat-related warning signs for gardeners and landscapers
URBANA, Ill. — Landscaping and gardening are great physical exercises, and studies show they are good for emotional well-being. But those working outside must remain aware of the dangers associated with heat stress on their bodies. “When I was working as a landscaper, we had to sod a...
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Outdoor Adventure with Illinois Extension's Cloverbud Safari!
PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. — Get ready for an adventure! Illinois Extension is excited to announce the Cloverbud Outdoor Safari, a fun and educational program designed for children ages 5-7. This engaging event will occur on Tuesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 6, from 9:00 AM to 11:00...
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Homegrown Healthy: A Horticultural Journey from Garden to Table
OREGON, Ill. - As the warmth of summer approaches, the Oregon Public Library and Morrison Community Hospital, along with University of Illinois Extension, are proud to announce a unique educational initiative designed to cultivate healthier lifestyles through the Homegrown...
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Savor the Season: Carroll County Libraries Offer Exciting Cooking Classes
Thomson, Mt. Carroll, and Savanna Libraries are thrilled to announce the dates for May’s cooking classes led by Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro. Get set for a flavorful exploration of cooking with vegetables, highlighting the deliciousness of kale and Swiss chard.Join us for these...

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