Core Program Areas

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Through our Agriculture and Natural Resources programs, Illinois Extension supports the economic viability and environmental sustainability of natural and managed landscapes and productive lands in Illinois. Learn more

Family and Consumer Sciences

The Family and Consumer Sciences team provides educational programs and resources for all ages, whether you are a parent with a new baby or you're making decisions as you care for an older adult. We work closely with families and community partners to address issues and challenges in the areas of food, family, and finance. We provide information when and where you need it through in-person classes, online resources, videos, and social media.

Youth Development

4-H helps young people see themselves as unique, resilient, lifelong learners who actively participate in their own future while improving the communities in which they live. 4-H makes learning fun while it builds skills today's youth need for long-term success. Choose your own path to 4-H: join a local 4-H club, participate in an educational program, attend a 4-H event, or learn new things online.

Community and Economic Development

Our programs help individuals and organizations access the tools, training, and planning they need to strengthen and improve their businesses and their communities.

Outreach and Innovation Initiatives

Illinois Extension focuses on creating multidisciplinary teams to tackle challenges facing Illinois residents, businesses, and communities.