May 22, 2022

Calendar: Worm invaders

The online program Jumping Worms: A New Invader will be at 1:30 p.m. April 26.

Jumping worms are a recent discovery in Illinois, being first found in 2015. Since then, this invasive species has been discovered in many counties across the state, impacting gardens, lawns, and natural areas. Chris Evans, Extension forestry and research specialist and interim Master Naturalist coordinator, will cover ecology, distribution and impact of jumping worms in Illinois as well as discuss management options and spread.

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Litter pickup

CARLINVILLE, Ill. — 4-H members will pick up litter across Carlinville from 1 to 3 p.m. April 24 as part of the National 4-H Day of Service.

Participants will meet in the Carlinville Moose Parking Lot, 801 Pine St., Carlinville.

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Herbal desserts

THOMSON, Ill. — Learn the basics about herbs and create herbal desserts from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25 at the Thomson Public library, 1005 W. Main St., Thomson.

Register by calling the library at at 815-259-2480.

Seed Library kickoff

GALESBURG, Ill. — Help celebrate the kickoff of Galesburg Public Library’s seed library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 25 at the library, 410 E. Simmons St., Galesburg.

Learn about the new seed library and about planning your garden from Extension Horticulture Educator Chris Enroth, plus receive supplies to get a few plants started.

The event is open to all ages. Register by calling the library at 309-343-6118.

Protect your farm

Learn how to protect your farm from legals risks during an online program at 7 p.m. April 25. The program will be presented by Farm Commons, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering farmers to solve their own business law challenges in a community of support.

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Carbon storage, xeriscaping

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension educators will share tips on carbon storage and xeriscaping from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Holiday Inn, 226 17th St., Rock Island.

Cost is $10. Register at

Edible Walk

ST. ANNE, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension and Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District are offering an interactive Edible Walk at 10 a.m. April 27 at the Aroma Land and Water Reserve, 1578 S. Heiland Road, St. Anne.

Dr. Jason Robinson will point out early-season edible flowers and greens, and possibly morel mushrooms.

Register for this free program at

Cat Workshop

CORYDON, Ind. — The 4-H Cat Workshop will be at 6 p.m. ET April 27 at the Harrison County Extension office, 247 Atwood St., Corydon. Make a cat toy to take home to your cat and to enter in the Harrison County 4-H Fair as a Cat Care project.

Register by calling 812-738-4236.

Vegetable Gardening 101

ROCKFORD, Ill. — The program Vegetable Gardening 101 will be from 6 to 7 p.m. April 28 at the Winnebago County Extension office, 1040 N. 2nd St., Rockford.

Planning, planting, care of garden, harvesting and taking care of tools are some of the topics that will be covered by Extension Master Gardeners Jeff and Judy White.

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Achievement Day

ANGOLA, Ind. — The Steuben County Extension Homemakers Achievement Day will be from 6 to 8 p.m. ET April 28 at the Steuben County Extension office, 317 S. Wayne St., Suite 1A, Angola.

For more information, contact Dana Stanley at 260-668-1000, ext. 1400, or

Livestock ID Day

LOOGOOTEE, Ind. — 4-H Livestock Identification Day will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ET April 28 at the Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2666 US Hwy. 50, Loogootee.

The event is for all livestock species and types of animals needing tags, including beef and dairy cattle, goats and sheep. For biosecurity reasons, swine tags will be distributed to apply at home.

For more information, visit

Plant sale

HILLSBORO, Ill. — The Montgomery County Master Gardener Plant Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29 in the parking lot of Brown’s Insurance, 919 S. Main St., Hillsboro.

All plants are $20. Proceeds benefit the Montgomery County Farmer’s Institute.

Happy Hour Hike

URBANA, Ill. — The East Central Illinois Master Naturalists and Champaign County Climate Coalition host a Happy Hour Hike from 4 to 5 p.m. April 29 at Crystal Lake Park, 206 W. Park St., Urbana.

These meet-ups on the last Friday of the month are designed to be low-key opportunities to enjoy a walk and talk with conservation-minded folks.

For more information, visit

Spring Workshop

CORYDON, Ind. — The Harrison County Master Gardener’s Spring Workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon ET April 30 at the Harrison County Extension office, 247 Atwood St., Corydon.

Adult classes include Landscaping with Trees and Shrubs; Container Gardening; and Birds, Bees and Blooms. There also will be classes for children.

Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. Register by calling 812-738-4236 or email The annual plant sale will immediately follow at noon.

Plant sale

SIMPSON, Ill. — A plant sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30, May 6 and May 7 at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, 354 IL-145, Simpson.

In addition to various kinds of vegetable plants, flowering plants, houseplants, and succulents, locally made products will be available to purchase. Extension master gardener volunteers will be available with information about certain topics and 4-H members will have crafts and activities for kids.

Plant Auction

GREENCASTLE, Ind. — The eighth annual Plant Auction will be from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET April 30 in the Goat Barn at the Putnam County Fairgrounds, 191 N. US Hw. 231, Greencastle.

Items to be auctioned will include annuals, perennials, herbs, houseplants and shrubs.

The event is sponsored by the Putnam County Master Gardener Association. Money raised will help fund post-secondary education scholarships.

For more information, contact Jenna Nees at 765-653-8411 or

Nature Adventures Day

WATERLOO, Ill. — Nature Adventures Day will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 30 at the Baebler Educational Farm, 4022 Jj Road, Waterloo.

Activities will include:

• Guided hikes through the woods at 10:30 a.m. and noon (meet at shed),

• Herpetology presentation by Bob Weck at 11:00am (pavilion).

• Kite flying (limited kites available or bring your own).

• Fish and learn how to make your own spinner bait lure (limited fishing poles available).

• Educational nature activities for youth. Marshmallows available to roast on an open fire.

• Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the outdoors

The event will be held unless there is a severe weather threat. For more information, call 618-939-3434.

Rabbit ID Day

PETERSBURG, Ind. — The Pike County 4-H Poultry Testing and Rabbit ID Day will be from 1 to 3 p.m. ET May 1 at the Livestock Arena at the Pike County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1211 W. State Road 56, Petersburg.

For more information, contact Phyllis Hyneman at 812-664-2273,