New Program Coordinator Joins University of Illinois Extension – Shaw Local

Bettyann Harrison joined the University of Illinois Extension as the Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Extra Help Program Coordinator for Bureau, La Salle, Marshall, and Putnam counties. Harrison will assist and coordinate the activities of the Extension Unit’s Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists.

A Spring Valley native, Harrison has resided in the Henry area for 30 years. During this time, she established a household with her husband John, with whom they raised four children. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Psychology and Education from Eureka College and worked as an early intervention developmental therapist as well as a science teacher at Hall High School. She and her children have been involved in the 4-H club as participants, club leader, superintendent and occasional judge. She was also involved in Bible school and conservation gardening at DePue and Hall high schools.

Harrison has a deep appreciation for the natural world and enjoys spending time in nature. Gardening and nature have always been among her passions, and she is determined to understand the interactions and balance of living things.

Harrison can be reached at For more information on the Master Gardener and/or Master Naturalist programs at the local extension unit, visit or call 815-224-0889.