Serving DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties

PLEASE NOTE: Starting Sept. 14, our local offices are open to visitors Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Appointments are recommended to ensure appropriate staff members are available.

  • When visiting our offices, face masks or face coverings (that cover both the nose and mouth) will be required.
  • All visitors must sign in and stay in the appropriate visitor/entry area. (Sign-in information will only be referenced if the health department requests the information for contact tracing.)
  • While visiting our offices, we ask that you practice social distancing, and wash or sanitize your hands before and after your visit.
  • The Master Gardener Help Desks will continue to be staffed virtually with each county available via email. Learn more here.

For more about visitor guidelines, new office schedules, and contact information, please click your local county below: DUPAGE – KANE – KENDALL

As you know, in-person events and meetings are very limited at this time. However, there is a variety of online programming available, and you can learn more on our Events page.

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