DECATUR, Ill. – The COVID-19 pandemic brought a whole new appreciation to nature and the world around us. While at home, you probably noticed some interesting birds, insects, or flowers. Join the University of Illinois Extension Glacier’s Edge Master Naturalists to identify and learn more about them.

The annual Carolyn Mason Education Day, Out Your Back Door, will be 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 17 at the Macon County Extension Office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd., Decatur. Hear from three speakers on birds at home, gardening with natives, and attracting attractive insects to your yard.

“This past year has shown us that we can find nature right out our back door in our yards and local parks,” says Doug Gucker, local foods and small farms Extension educator. “For many of us, it has been an eye-opening experience of finding beautiful natural wonders so close to home.”

The cost for the day is $10, which includes breakfast. For an additional $5, attendees can make a toad house to take home.

Register in advance by April 13 or call the Macon County Extension Office at 217-877-6042. For more information, contact Doug Gucker via email or call the Extension office.

The Glacier’s Edge Master Naturalists are environmental volunteers trained by Illinois Extension. Master Naturalists volunteer their time and talents with community projects and educational outreach. Find them on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call 217-877-6042.                                                                         

Source: Doug Gucker, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms, University of Illinois Extension

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

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