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Does your child love nature and wildlife? Jr. Naturalist may be for them

DECATUR, Ill.—Children and teens are natural explorers. Encourage that curiosity while also giving them an opportunity to rejuvenate, alleviate stress, exercise, and socialize as they explore nature and wildlife.

In a joint effort between Macon County 4-H and the Macon County Conservation District, the Junior Naturalist 4-H Club will meet for six weeks from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, and May 27 at Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane. “This will be a great opportunity for youth in the community to not only learn about different aspects of nature but to get out and explore our local natural areas and learn hands-on about different plants, animals, etc. that exist here in our own backyard,” says Jenna Ward, 4-H youth development coordinator.

Current 4-H members attend for free; everyone else will have a $20 fee. The $20 fee includes a 4-H membership, which unlocks limitless opportunities. Fee waivers are available. Register online by April 19. Please email Jenna Ward at for further information.

The 4-H program is provided through University of Illinois Extension and is open to youth ages 8 to 18. Youth learn skills for living by participating in individual or group learning experiences related to more than 200 project areas. Find Macon County 4-H on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact (217) 877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Jenna Ward, 4-H Youth Development Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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