University of Illinois Extension: Cook County

University of Illinois Extension: Cook County University of Illinois Extension's Cook County Unit offers practical, research-based education to improve people's lives and communities through learning

University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois' 102 counties – and far beyond.

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Washington State University’s Ask Dr. Universe allows kids to explore various STEM topics and get answers to common ques...
04/02/2021

Washington State University’s Ask Dr. Universe allows kids to explore various STEM topics and get answers to common questions. https://bit.ly/34jcI4R

Ever wonder what to do with all your garden produce or perhaps you bought too many items at the Farmers Market? Don't wo...
04/02/2021

Ever wonder what to do with all your garden produce or perhaps you bought too many items at the Farmers Market? Don't worry, University of Illinois Extension will guide you in how to safely preserve and store your fresh fruits and vegetables. https://bit.ly/389Jt5e

The Wits Workout Curriculum is a peer-reviewed, pilot tested, brain health resource tool developed to assist leaders who...
04/02/2021

The Wits Workout Curriculum is a peer-reviewed, pilot tested, brain health resource tool developed to assist leaders who provide programming to older adults in community settings. https://bit.ly/3r0gs3C

Check out the 2020 Impacts of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) https://bit.ly/2Oehrjv
04/02/2021

Check out the 2020 Impacts of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) https://bit.ly/2Oehrjv

SNAP-Ed Success Stories: Learning the Alphabet through Edible ABC’s  https://bit.ly/31E9SFZ
04/02/2021
Learning the Alphabet through Edible ABC’s

SNAP-Ed Success Stories: Learning the Alphabet through Edible ABC’s https://bit.ly/31E9SFZ

Preschools and other early learning centers are critical settings for obesity prevention efforts. The preschool years are an important time when young children are learning to develop healthy habits. In FY19, Maryland SNAP-Ed partnered with over 213 early education sites and reached 9,561 preschool-...

Fiesta de Sabores: Esta es una colección de recetas Hispanas recomendadas para gente con diabetes.https://bit.ly/3mlCZrj
04/01/2021

Fiesta de Sabores: Esta es una colección de recetas Hispanas recomendadas para gente con diabetes.https://bit.ly/3mlCZrj

Worried you're forgetting things lately? Cheri Burcham offers these helpful tips! You've got this! https://bit.ly/39u3aX...
04/01/2021
Improving brain health and memory

Worried you're forgetting things lately? Cheri Burcham offers these helpful tips! You've got this! https://bit.ly/39u3aXd

When someone asks you to think about health, wellness and fitness, you usually think about physical health, exercise or nutrition. Throughout a person’s lifetime, they should not only concentrate on improving and maintaining their physical health, but also be working on their cognitive or brain he...

Upcoming University of Illinois Extension Webinars: We believe in the state of Illinois and we are committed to our miss...
04/01/2021

Upcoming University of Illinois Extension Webinars: We believe in the state of Illinois and we are committed to our mission, linking local communities to the University and developing programs, tools, and knowledge that will support needed change. These webinars help us fulfill our mission: to align research to needs and translate research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. https://bit.ly/3ubuLVk

Check out these tips on Getting a good night's sleep by University of Illinois Extension Cook County Community Health Ed...
04/01/2021

Check out these tips on Getting a good night's sleep by University of Illinois Extension Cook County Community Health Educator, Veronica Aranda https://bit.ly/3tMOgDp

Join the University of Illinois Extension Community Health Team for Wellness Wednesday, April 7: Self-Compassion: Treat ...
04/01/2021

Join the University of Illinois Extension Community Health Team for Wellness Wednesday, April 7: Self-Compassion: Treat Yourself with Kindness will be offered from 9:15am-10:00 am https://bit.ly/3ucSvs8

We are so proud to share this story 4-H Nationals featured on the Kane County "got robot?" club and the big impact they ...
04/01/2021
4-H and Invisalign® ChangeMakers: 3-D Printed PPE | 4-H

We are so proud to share this story 4-H Nationals featured on the Kane County "got robot?" club and the big impact they made in keeping frontline workers safe during the pandemic. https://bit.ly/3rGpFhS

When COVID-19 shut down their STEM competitions, a 4-H robotics team rose to the challenge, using 3D printing to create face shields for frontline workers.

04/01/2021
Gnome Management in the Garden

Gnome Management in the Garden: Current weather trends have made for optimal conditions of this invasive species. Follow these best tips of how to control this pest. http://bit.ly/1MYF1Jx

Current weather trends have made for optimal conditions of invasive species. Follow these best tips of how to control this pest.While this is a satire video...

National Vietnam Veterans Day: A Short Tribute: Monday was the the 4th anniversary of this national memorial day to hono...
04/01/2021
National Vietnam Veterans Day: A Short Tribute

National Vietnam Veterans Day: A Short Tribute: Monday was the the 4th anniversary of this national memorial day to honor those who served in Vietnam and in other locations during the Vietnam War period. https://bit.ly/39uTKLc

It took nearly 50 years for Vietnam veterans to get the kind of recognition they deserve.

You may be ready for spring gardening, but are your seeds? Download this handy guide on Seed Viability and Germination t...
04/01/2021

You may be ready for spring gardening, but are your seeds? Download this handy guide on Seed Viability and Germination to find out if your seeds from last season (or a few seasons ago) are likely to grow strong healthy plants. go.illinois.edu/SeedViability

The Morton Arboretum
04/01/2021

The Morton Arboretum

Gardeners get ready! The Arboretum’s Arbor Day Plant Sale is April 29-May 2. Members have first access to tickets April 1-7. General public tickets go on sale April 8. Choose from thousands of carefully chosen plants and get expert advice from Plant Geniuses. For tickets and FAQs visit bit.ly/39sKSFS. #ArborDay #MortonArboretum

Beverly Area Planning Association
04/01/2021

Beverly Area Planning Association

Do you have used gardening supplies, pots, seeds, soil or compost you won't be using this season? Old planters piling up in your garage? Bring them to BAPA!
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BAPA is collecting donations for "Free Seeds & Garden Supplies" taking place Saturday, April 10th at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church. Neighbors can drop-off their donated items to BAPA next week or the day of the event. Items will be used to create a Free Garden Supplies space for neighbors to pick from, giving these items new life and keeping them out of the landfill.

Forest Preserve District of Cook County
04/01/2021
Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Forest Preserve District of Cook County

As the weather warms and the snow melts, a special type of wetland forms in low spots in the woodlands and fields. Called vernal or ephemeral ponds, these temporary pools are small, shallow, and have no inlets or outlets—they are filled only by snowmelt and rain. They will dry out in a few weeks or months; but when they have water, they are teeming with life!

Check out this #WildWednesday blog to learn more: https://fpdcc.com/vernal-ponds-natures-nurseries/

Everyone's Mental Health Matters: This new website sheds light on mental health and provides resources, tools, and strat...
03/31/2021

Everyone's Mental Health Matters: This new website sheds light on mental health and provides resources, tools, and strategies to address challenges that individuals might be facing https://bit.ly/2OHD9N8

More For Your Money: Having enough money to pay bills and everyday living expenses is always a challenge. That's why eac...
03/31/2021

More For Your Money: Having enough money to pay bills and everyday living expenses is always a challenge. That's why each decision you make about your money and how you spend or save it is so important. https://bit.ly/3svrRu7

Sistas in STEM wants to make sure that Black women and women of color, who are too often marginalized and underrepresent...
03/31/2021
Empowering Women of Color in STEM - Sistas in STEM

Sistas in STEM wants to make sure that Black women and women of color, who are too often marginalized and underrepresented within the STEM field, never feel alone. https://bit.ly/3mabOiP

Sistas in STEM is an online community and resource for women of color to share stories about their experiences, learn about prominent women in the field, and engage in opportunities for STEM outreach. Overall, our goal is to empower women in their daily lives and their passion for STEM.

Check out University of Illinois Extension Community Health Educator Michele Crawford's latest blog post: Nourishing you...
03/31/2021

Check out University of Illinois Extension Community Health Educator Michele Crawford's latest blog post: Nourishing yourself https://bit.ly/3w7EsWB

Meet Lynora Jensen, one the featured “People of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.”
03/31/2021

Meet Lynora Jensen, one the featured “People of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.”

Meet Lynora Jensen, one of our featured “People of the Preserves.”

“My friend who knew I loved being out in the woods told me that there was a sign at the Des Plaines library for stewardship workdays at Kloempken Prairie. That was about 12 years ago. I showed up and have been coming back ever since. I love coming here and I talk about it all the time so everybody I know, knows, that I’m the person to talk to about the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

“I feel like I take a lot from the Earth and there is kind of a guilt from taking and taking and taking. It’s kind of an empty feeling after a while if you keep taking. When I contribute, when I give back, when I come and do something for this natural area, it helps restore balance.”

“People of the Preserves” shares the stories of dedicated volunteers and individuals working in conservation across the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The project recognizes volunteers’ important efforts with a goal of inspiring readers to take action and get involved. Learn more about volunteering in the Forest Preserves at fpdcc.com/volunteer.

#volunteer #nature #forestpreserve #conservation

University of Illinois Extension
03/31/2021

University of Illinois Extension

Grab your compass (or your smart phone) and start exploring off the beaten path! 🧭

Learn to navigate off trail with a map and compass or smart device applications with University of Illinois Extension Forestry on April 7 in the free, interactive webinar - Get Lost: How to Navigate in the Backcountry.

🔗 go.illinois.edu/SpringForestry

Native #PlantSale Order now - May 18Pickup June 3 - 5 in Maywood or Lemont wild-ones-west-cook.myshopify.com
03/30/2021

Native #PlantSale
Order now - May 18
Pickup June 3 - 5 in Maywood or Lemont
wild-ones-west-cook.myshopify.com

Native #PlantSale
Order now - May 18
Pickup June 3 - 5 in Maywood or Lemont

wild-ones-west-cook.myshopify.com

Registration ends tomorrow! Share your vision and strengthen your leadership at the 2021 Food Action Summit.Share your i...
03/30/2021

Registration ends tomorrow!
Share your vision and strengthen your leadership at the 2021 Food Action Summit.
Share your ideas, vision and passion while you network with Food Advocacy Professionals on a shared vision for future food security, food access and food justice with a keynote address by Dr. Bobby Smith II.
Registration is now open for this May 15th Zoom event. Head to: https://go.illinois.edu/FoodAction2021 before March 31st. This event is open to youth ages 13+.

Share your vision and strengthen your leadership at the 2021 Food Action Summit.

Share your ideas, vision and passion while you network with Food Advocacy Professionals on a shared vision for future food security, food access and food justice with a keynote address by Dr. Bobby Smith II.

Registration is now open for this May 15th Zoom event. Head to: https://go.illinois.edu/FoodAction2021 before April 16th. This event is open to youth ages 13+.

The Wits Workout Curriculum is a peer-reviewed, pilot tested, brain health resource tool developed to assist leaders who...
03/30/2021

The Wits Workout Curriculum is a peer-reviewed, pilot tested, brain health resource tool developed to assist leaders who provide programming to older adults in community settings. https://bit.ly/3r0gs3C

03/30/2021
Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences at Illinois

This is the sound of spring at Deer Grove East (Forest Preserve District of Cook County. NRES online M.S. alum, Mark Krivchenia, is the site steward there. The frogs approve of the work you and your volunteers have done, Mark!

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Hello! Would this be a good page to ask gardening questions? thanks!
Join Chicago Master Gardeners program partner: Grace Seeds Ministry in a Thanksgiving Celebration: Stories from the Field and Table! And feel free to invite others, too! (Flyer is attached!) There’s room at the table for everyone! Here are some details about the celebration: Share the Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration! Stories from the Field and Table Saturday, Oct. 19 ~ 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 10400 S. Kostner Ave., Oak Lawn, IL Part 1 ~ Come be inspired by Stories from the Field and Table — told by several of our Share the Harvest partners, who are growing and sharing in new and delicious ways! Come share your own growing stories as we celebrate ALL of our partners and a wonderful season of sharing God’s love and abundance! Part 2 ~ A call to action re: SNAP, as millions of our neighbors face the risk of more food insecurity and hunger. Our presenter is Kimberly Drew, Legislative Advocacy Director for Heartland Alliance. Kimberly will help us understand how SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) works and how we can take action to stand with neighbors who will be impacted by proposed funding cuts. As Kimberly notes: “SNAP is our nation’s most effective and efficient anti-hunger program – it helps make sure that people who are struggling to make ends meet are able to put food on the table.” Quick facts: benefits average only about $1.40 per meal. Two-thirds of SNAP recipients are children, elderly or disabled. Part 3 (Noon) ~ We’ll FEAST as we give thanks to God and each of our Share the Harvest partners! You are welcome to bring a side dish to share. Let us know you’ll be joining us! To RSVP call 773-495-7865 or email us at [email protected]. See you on Saturday, Oct. 19th! Peace, Rev. Linda Wygant
Seen up close, the anatomy of a mosquito bite is terrifying. The most dangerous animal in the world uses six needle-like mouthparts to saw into our skin, tap a blood vessel and sometimes leave a dangerous parting gift.
Bright fall fountain grass stands out against the dark wild quinine stems in the Lurie Garden