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University of Illinois Extension Welcomes New Master Gardener & Master Naturalist Extra Help Program Coordinator

University of Illinois Extension would like to welcome a new Master Gardener & Master Naturalist Extra Help Program Coordinator for Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam Counties. Please help us welcome Bettyann Harrison to this position! She is here to assist and coordinate activities for the Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists in our unit and is looking forward to meeting the volunteers and hearing about community Extension programs.

A Spring Valley native, Bettyann has resided in the Henry area for thirty years.  During that time, she has made a home with her husband John, with whom they have raised four children.  She obtained a B.S Degree in Biology, Psychology and Education from Eureka College and has served professionally as a Developmental Therapist in Early Intervention as well as a Science Teacher at Hall High School. She and her children were very involved in 4-H, as participants, a Club Leader, Superintendent and Judge from time to time. She was also involved in Bible School and Conservation Gardening at both DePue and Hall High Schools.

Bettyann has a deep appreciation for the natural world and enjoys spending time in nature. Gardening and nature have always been a passion, and she is driven to understand the interactions and balance of the living things around us.  Serving in this capacity will be a wonderful opportunity to partner with others who share common interests and continue to learn more each day.

Bettyann’s contact email is To contact Bettyann via telephone, please call your local University of Illinois Extension office. She looks forward to meeting with, and working with, all communities in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam Counties!

For more information about the Master Gardener and/ or Master Naturalist programs in our unit, visit our website at

The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.   If you have questions or need more information, please call the University of Illinois Extension- Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-224-0889.