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University of Illinois Extension


Lake County

Focus Areas:

  • Youth Education
  • Workforce development
  • Gardening Education
  • Nutrition/Food Education
  • School Program

Organization Mission:

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.

Extension provides practical education you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. U of I Extension offers educational programs in five broad areas:

  • Energy and environmental stewardship
  • Food safety and security
  • Economic development and workforce preparedness
  • Family health, financial security, and wellness
  • Youth development

While most Extension programs are offered on an informal, non-credit basis, U of I Extension does offer continuing education credits in some fields of study. Extension programs may be offered as hands-on workshops, field days, online self-paced tutorials, or in other formats that are suitable for the audience and subject-matter.

More than 1.5 million Illinois residents take part in Extension programs each year, including nearly 200,000 who participate in 4-H youth programs. Each month, U of I Extension web pages draw more than 5 million page views, and people in more than 200 countries access Extension’s web-based information.

Communities are directly served by Extension staff in 27 units located throughout Illinois. Extension educators in local offices and specialists located on the U of I campus develop and deliver in-depth programming locally, in regional venues, and through distance-learning technologies.

As part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System, U of I Extension also is able to draw on research-based expertise from land-grant universities all across the country. Volunteers who serve on local advisory councils provide direction for U of I Extension programming, ensuring that programs continue to meet critical needs.

U of I Extension is based in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and works with all colleges and units of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Food access is a key component of our unit working with schools, farms, and community gardens to help all residents with healthier food options.

Our 4-H youth works with all aspects of life skills to include food related, gardening, robotics and more.


All schools, food pantries, community gardens, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Lake County Health Department, and other agencies that want to partner with evidence- based tools.

Volunteer Needs:

Adults who have a passion for working with youth are needed for our 4-H program.

Adults who want to support community gardens after attending a 40-hour program are also needed. Please contact the office at 847-223-8627 and let us know how you want to volunteer.


Addition Information:


Contact information:

James E. Reaves, County Director
[email protected]
100 S. US. Highway 45
Grayslake, IL, 60030