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Enhancing life's journey

Illinois Extension helping to enhance life's journey


Paths lead and guide us to our destination, whether a well-trodden path to a familiar place or an exciting journey to a new destination, following a path presents an opportunity for growth and learning. It is a great honor to serve our communities in the journey of learning, growth, and development.  Illinois Extension remains committed to providing impactful education that has the power to change your path!

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Year in Review

Each year we take time to celebrate the impact our Extension staff, volunteers, and partners have made in our communities.
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Volunteer With Us

Volunteer with 4-H, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, or Extension Council and help us extend our reach.
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Join Our Team

Our staffing needs are diverse, learn more about Extension and come grow with us.
News Releases
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Four Seasons Gardening series ushers in the fall season with care
URBANA, Ill. — As seasons shift, take care and fall into gardening with ease. Find healing, growth, and how adding a little planning keeps the mind going and growing. Explore how to keep the season alive with tips for dividing perennials, continuing self-growth, and healing with time...
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4-H officers ignite their potential during training
Isn’t it exciting to discover new strategies for leading others?  Current and prospective 4-H officers in Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside counties will do just that during 2023-24 Officer Training.  On Monday, October 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, 4-Hers will participate in activities to further...
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Silver Award for First Christian Church Food Pantry
A group of volunteers from the First Christian Church Food Pantry in Rock Falls, IL. accepted a Nutrition Environment Food Pantry Assessment Tool (NEFPAT) silver award. The NEFPAT is implemented by University of Illinois Extension.  The award signifies that the pantry offers nutritious foods to...
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Wet noses, wagging tails, friendly competition greet 4-H dog exhibitors
DIXON, Ill. — It was a day filled with wet noses and wagging tails as more than 150 dog owners competed for championship honors in the 2023 Illinois 4-H State Dog Show held Aug. 26 at the Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Dog facility in Dixon. 4-H members who excel in the 4-H dog project are...

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