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Read article: New survey shows Illinois Residents are eager for more renewable energy
New survey shows Illinois Residents are eager for more renewable energy
Support for climate action, and renewable energy in particular, seem to be on the rise in Illinois and around the country. A recent survey of...
Dr. Shelly Nickols-Richardson shaking hands with a 4-H teen
Read article: College of ACES dean and extension director connect with staff and stakeholders
College of ACES dean and extension director connect with staff and stakeholders
The work being done through University of Illinois Extension programs and partnerships in Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties is recognized...

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Energy & Our Environment for Youth
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Calling all young environmental enthusiasts! The University of Illinois Extension Office in McLean County is thrilled to announce Energy & Our Environment, a captivating three-day summer program tailored for ages 9 to 13, focused on the fascinating...
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New Extension environmental educator takes root in central Illinois
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — When it comes to coexisting with nature, the solutions aren’t always straightforward. What do you do if your native plant landscaping attracts a family of groundhogs? How do you work with your neighbors to remove encroaching invasive species? Where can you go in town to find...
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Fall session of Naturalist Core Edcuation Training open for applications
LEWISTOWN, Ill. - University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit will be offering Naturalist Core Education (Master Naturalist) hybrid training this fall October 2-6, Monday – Friday, 9am to 3pm. Space is limited. To begin the application process, visit...

Videos

Electrical Hazards During and After a Storm

It is important to prepare in advance for a severe storm or natural disaster. Gathering emergency kit items, having a communication plan in place and knowing when, how and where to take shelter saves lives. It is easy to be complacent about storms or think that they won’t strike close to home....

Downed Power Line Safety: The Mary Gehrig Story

Seventeen-year-old Mary Gehrig was driving home from a friend’s house on a stormy June night. Around 25 minutes into her 30-minute drive, Gehrig turned onto the county road that would take her home. Although there was near-zero visibility due to the storm that turned much more severe than...

Staff

Duane Friend

Duane Friend

State Master Naturalist Coordinator and Climate Change Specialist
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Shiba 'Shibu' Kar

Assistant Dean: Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy Program Leader. Associate Director of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant