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Outdoor Dutch Oven with hot coals on the lid
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How to cook outside with a Dutch oven
A recent camping trip allowed me to explore a new way of outdoor cooking: Dutch oven cooking. Different than a home Dutch oven, which has a flat...

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Connect with natural world, become an Illinois Master Naturalist
Quincy, Ill. – Within parks, streams, and native prairies, University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalists serve as environmental stewards in their communities.  Master Naturalists in west-central Illinois volunteered over 460 hours...
all the winners pose with their catches
Illinois youth focus on outdoor fun in summer tournament
URBANA, Ill. — Youth from across Illinois headed into the great outdoors to participate in the statewide 4-H Hooks Us Together Virtual Fishing Bass Challenge in May. Youth enter pictures and measurements of their catches as many times as they wish. While competition is the focus,...


Winter Ice Safety

How can you know that ice is safe to walk on? Is old ice safer than new ice? Curt Sinclair, 4-H youth development Extension specialist, walks you through how to stay safe on the ice this winter, covering everything you need to know for winter ice safety including how to make homemade ice picks...