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Read article: Real Colors training provides insights into how to work together more effectively for both youth and adults
Real Colors training provides insights into how to work together more effectively for both youth and adults
Blue, green, gold, and orange represent more than just colors in the crayon box. In the Real Colors temperament program they signify distinct...
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Read article: Making family mealtimes happen
Making family mealtimes happen
With many families in back-to-school busy mode, it can sometimes be difficult to enjoy having meals together. However, research shows that having...
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Read article: Ideas for youth to explore and connect with nature
Ideas for youth to explore and connect with nature
Spending time in nature is beneficial to our health and well-being. It can improve our mood, make us feel more relaxed, help us be more active, and...
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Read article: Tips for a fun family night in July
Tips for a fun family night in July
It’s hard to think about the 4th of July without visions of flags and fireworks appearing.  The holiday event is rich with traditions that help us...

News Releases

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Stephenson County 4-H- Brings STEM Activities to Pearl CIty Middle School
Creative thinking, hands-on problem solving, critical reasoning—these are just some of the skills seventh and eighth-grade students at Pearl City Middle School used on Friday, February 16. Staff from the University of Illinois Extension provided four different STEM activities for students to...
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Birdie Basics — Youth Birding 101
Calling all young bird enthusiasts! Join University of Illinois Extension and the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation for an exciting Birding 101 program for kids ages 8 to 18. Whether you’re a budding ornithologist or simply curious about our feathered friends, this event is for you. ...
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Youth learn about careers and life skills
University of Illinois Extension invites you to participate in the upcoming Career Explorers: An Introduction to Career Paths and Life Skills at the Graves-Hume Public Library in Mendota. This program is for youth ages 8-12 who are interested in planning their futures. Career...

Videos

School and Community Gardens Learning Module

Bring the garden into the schoolyard with our online School and Community Gardens Self-Paced Learning Modules. A school garden can be many things, from a pollinator garden, to a sensory garden, or a bulb garden. Our online learning modules focus on vegetable gardening while we take you on a...

Staff

Cindy Ogwal

Cindy Ogwal

4-H Youth Development Specialist, College and Career Readiness