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Master Volunteer points to a tree in the woods
Read article: Expert guides lead educational hikes for local Extension volunteers
Expert guides lead educational hikes for local Extension volunteers
Education isn’t just in a text book, in a classroom, or on a Zoom call. University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners...
American Badger out in the wild
Read article: In search of the American badger
In search of the American badger
By Carla Rich Montez, Extension Master Naturalist serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell countiesIt’s not easy to examine the life of...
Honey Suckle
Read article: Tackling invasives, restoring natives
Tackling invasives, restoring natives
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Eliminating honeysuckle from Hedge Apple Woods has been a persistent challenge. However, this invasive shrub is not the only...
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Read article: Join the fight against invasive species in America's wild places with Wild Spotter
Join the fight against invasive species in America's wild places with Wild Spotter
Invasive Species   Invasive species refer to any harmful non-native plant, animal, or organism that can negatively impact the environment,...

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Expert guides lead educational hikes for local Extension volunteers
LEWISTOWN, Ill. - Education isn’t just in a text book, in a classroom, or on a Zoom call. University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners enjoy taking educational hikes and learning about the history of the natural areas around them. The educational hikes with local...
A bee stuffing itself into a flower to pollinate it.
Local team of volunteers take on pollinator decline crisis
Beyond filling our plates, pollinators play a hard-to-detect but crucial role on a global scale. While it’s easy to focus on their contribution to our food supply, with 35% globally relying directly or indirectly on their work, their impact stretches far wider.Across the United States,...
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Martens Center hosts resource-rich Extension Day with Illinois Extension
CHAMPAIGN, Ill — University of Illinois Extension and the Champaign Parks District threw open the doors to the Martens Center on Saturday, May 11, for Extension Day. Nearly 300 people attended the event and got to take advantage of the wonderful resources from Extension, the Park District,...
Butterfly
Fly on over to the Butterfly Festival on June 1
 This summer, our Illinois backyards and gardens will play host to over 150 distinct butterfly species. Among them reigns the monarch, cherished as Illinois' state butterfly. Embrace the enchantment of these delicate creatures and discover ways to nurture their habitats for continued...

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