Upcoming Classes:
November 2 & 3, 6:30-8:30PM
November 16 & 17, 6:30-8:30PM
November 23, One Day Class 10:00am-12:00pm AND 1:00pm-3:00pm
December 7 & 8, 6:30-8:30PM

Register here!
Find the full flyer here!
Parents Forever will assist unmarried, separated, or divorced parents in successfully navigating a family transition. Topics discussed include cooperative co-parenting strategies, personal wellness, communication, and children's needs.

The Parents Forever curriculum is based on research about the impact of divorce and separation on families and how to not only survive, but thrive, after this family transition. Because of its focus on both parents and children, Parents Forever can benefit the entire family.

Questions? Contact Todd Wenzel, Extension Educator, at todd.wenzel@wisc.edu or 920-448-4090 Ext. 2 or 920-391-4658.

Oct. 22, 2021
When: January 14, 2022
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: STEM Innovation Center, 2019 Technology Way, Green Bay, WI 54311
Cost: $10 for in-person training, $30 for the manual (you can also purchase the manual here). Purchase of the PAT manual is required, Extension has a limited number so first-come, first-served.

Register here.

Beverages and light refreshments will be provided.

Please note that online certification is also available. Find more information here.
 
Oct. 22, 2021
New North is leading a study of broadband internet service in each county across the region to identify gaps and prioritize investment. The study, conducted by Design Nine, Inc., seeks feedback from businesses, residents, and organizations about broadband service and needs. Please have someone in your organization or household respond to this business survey or residential survey by October 29. 
Oct. 21, 2021

FREE virtual small group conversations for nonprofit leaders on the pressing management issues of today. Discuss timely topics with a small group of peers and invited discussants who share knowledge and participate in Q&A. Conversations are lightly facilitated by our faculty. FREE to participate, but registration required and limited to the first 20 who sign up. Check out the full article for dates and registration links.

Oct. 19, 2021
Join Extension Educator, Patrick Nehring, for the Strengthening Your Organization Workshops.

Location: STEM Innovation Center Board Room #131 (UWGB Campus, 2019 Technology Way)
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $30 per workshop
Participant min/max capacity: 8/20

Register here! | Note: Registration closes the Friday before the workshop.
For more information, contact Patrick Nehring at 920-764-1915 or patrick.nehring@wisc.edu.

Logic Model Workshop – December 17, 2021
What is a logic model?  In short, it is a visual depiction of a project or program and an evaluation plan.  They are comphensive plan of what we will do, and what doing those things will accomplish.  Many foundation, local, state and national grants request a logic model and an evaluation plan as part of their competetive applications.  How can Logic Models help develop and implement programming?  How can your organization become more intentional about partnerships, programming and funding requests?  Logic Models help think through processes with structure and deliberateness.  Come learn how to develop – and use – these models to ground, grow or better explain your organization or projects.  Participants will learn to “begin with the end in mind”, and throughout the session, work to describe both their work AND their expected outcomes, using a logic model template.  Participants should come with a project or program in mind, and leave with a draft logic model.

Evaluating Your Program – February 11, 2022
The best program plan includes a plan for evaluating the success of your program.  Often, evaluation is a last minute thought as you head into an event – how can I get feedback from the group.  Thoughtful evaluation begins well before the idea of the program or event, as your programming can be built right into your program or organization logic model, garnering efficient, effective and meaningful data.  This highly interactive session will share information about types of evaluation, feedback formats, and connecting a long-term evaluation plan to long-term program planning. Learn the difference between outcomes and impacts, and strategies to measure both.  Participants will complete a draft evaluation plan for one of their own projects.


Communicating Across Generations – April 8, 2022
Generational differences can affect work and involvement in the community. The common attributes of different generations can be explained based on the theory that people develop the way they view the world based on what happens to them between middle school and college age.  Because many of those influential events are national and worldwide, there are some common characteristics for different generations.   Increase your understanding of generational differences and build rapport.
Oct. 19, 2021
The Secretary II position performs varied, detailed, and complex secretarial tasks for the University of Wisconsin Division of Extension to Extension Educators working in the areas of 4-H , Agriculture and Horticulture, calling for individual judgment, initiative, and applying specialized knowledge in performing duties regarding Extension Programming. In addition, the Secretary II works with volunteers and the public providing customer service.  

Salary $14.56 - $16.48 Hourly
Fulltime

Based at the:
Extension Brown County Office
STEM Innovation Center
2019 Technology Way
Green Bay, WI 54311

Apply here.
Oct. 7, 2021
The Power of Positive Parenting: October 5, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Raising Confident, Competent Children: October 12, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Raising Resilient Children: October 19, 6:30 - 7:30pm

These Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) seminars will provide parents of children ages 0-12 with a toolbox of strategies to raise confident and healthy children, build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior, and prevent problems from happening in the first place.

Participate virtually from the comfort of your own home and walk away with more knowledge and confidence as a parent! Attend one, two or all three of the seminars at no cost to you. Brought to you by University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension of Winnebago and Brown Counties.

Register Here!
Find the full flyer and more information here!
For more information, contact Amy Hendrickson at amy.hendrickson@wisc.edu or 920-232-1973.
 
Sept. 14, 2021
Many American families began receiving Advance Child Tax Credit (ACTC) payments on July 15. Here's what you need to know about the changes to the child tax credit, choices you can make, and planning for 2021 taxes.

Advance Child Tax Credit Information Sheet - English
Crédito Fiscal por Hijos por adelantado - Espanól
 
Aug. 17, 2021

The American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend everyone 12 years and older get the COVID-19 vaccination to protect against COVID-19. Children ages 12-17 are eligible to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Only 32.7% of 12–15-year-olds and 42% of 16-17-year-olds have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine series according to the latest data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Children under 12 are still not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines.
 
“Some individuals have a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, that’s a good thing. It is important that all families have access to accurate information about vaccine safety and effectiveness,” says Amber Canto, Director of the UW-Madison Extension Institute for Health & Well-Being.
 
Dr. Zapata and Dr. Conway, two experienced pediatricians, talked with Extension in June about COVID-19 vaccines and the stress COVID-19 has placed on children’s and adolescent’s health. While children and adolescents generally have experienced less severe health effects from COVID-19, some adolescents and children can get extremely sick from COVID-19 and may require hospitalization. As of July 22nd, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that 4.13 million children have been diagnosed with COVID-19, an estimated one in every seven COVID-19 cases. More than 400 children have passed away due to COVID-19. The good news: the available COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at preventing severe illness from the COVID-19 virus.
 
Dr. Zapata and Dr. Conway also addressed other common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and continue to be monitored for their safety. Serious long-term side effects from vaccination are unlikely. Some people experience post-vaccine side effects. These symptoms can be a sign that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Some vaccine side effects include pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, nausea and vomiting, and fever. Side effects are normal and should go away in a few days. It is also common for some people not to experience symptoms-that’s normal too and your body is still working to build protection.
 
“One of the most important things to Dr. Zapata and I is that everybody in our state and everybody in our country deserves to be protected against this disease, needs to be protected against this disease, and needs to have an equal opportunity to be protected against this terrible disease,” states Dr. Conway, pediatric infectious disease specialist with UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
 
Getting vaccinated will also protect students aged 12 years and older from the Delta variant. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services released new information about variant B.1.617.2, also known as the Delta variant. The Delta variant is now the most common strain of virus that causes COVID-19. The Delta variant is highly contagious and spreading quickly. Vaccination is a critical tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.
 
There are many benefits to vaccination for students over 12 years. Vaccines are a safe way to build protection and are free. There are also social and emotional benefits to getting vaccinated. Getting vaccinated will help students return to daily activities inside and outside of the classroom.     
 
“As families start to prepare for their kids returning to school, consider adding a conversation with your child’s health care provider about COVID-19 vaccines on your back-to-school checklist” says Amber Canto.
 
It can take up to five weeks for children to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, so plan ahead to be ready to go back to school.
 
The decision is yours. Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you at www.vaccines.gov.

 

Aug. 9, 2021
The CDC Federal Eviction Moratorium ends on July 31st. For landlords, this will allow evictions for non-payment of rent to begin again. However, there are alternatives to eviction that can be mutually beneficial for both tenants and landlords.
 
Learn more here.
July 28, 2021
The federal eviction moratorium is ending on July 31st and any renters who are behind on payments could be in danger of losing their homes. There are steps you can take to try to prevent eviction.
 
Learn more here.
July 28, 2021

Project Recovery is an outreach program working with individuals, families, and communities impacted by COVID-19 throughout the state of Wisconsin. Trained outreach workers provide community-based support and education to help farmers, farmworkers, and their communities cope during this stressful time.

Project Recovery is a service made possible through partnerships between FEMA, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, WISCAP Wisconsin Community Action Program and SWCAP Southwest Community Action Program, a consortium of counties in southwest Wisconsin.

Outreach workers are available to provide free, anonymous emotional support and connection to resources.

1-833-FARM-HELP (1-833-327-6435) is the farmer crisis hotline, it is put in place to help anyone experiencing stress related to the pandemic (toll-free).
 
Website:  www.projectrecoverywi.org

Dec. 10, 2020

If you are a Wisconsin nonprofit organization, check out the link below to see if you are eligible to apply. 

https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/COVIDNonprofitGrant.aspx
 

Nov. 4, 2020
While the widespread shift to remote work hasn't been without its challenges, it does offer a major silver lining: For many of us, commuting has become a thing of the past. Use the time you save on your commute to the home office wisely with these six tips from Harvard Business Review.
Sept. 10, 2020
Extension has gathered resources to help you make sound financial choices in tough times. Learn more here.
Sept. 10, 2020
During the uncertain times of COVID-19, family routines can provide structure and predictability. The transition from summer vacation to back to school can be a challenging time to establish routines, however children need patterns they can count on. Whether children are going to school in person or from home, structure promotes reassurance and a sense of safety. Also, research shows that routines can promote positive physical and mental health. Learn more here.
Sept. 10, 2020
Why buy your food locally?

Freshly picked fruits and vegetables are flavorful, healthy and nutritious, and they will last longer in your fridge! Local, sustainable farms help keep our environment clean. They create less pollution and use fewer harmful chemicals which protects our air, water and soil.

When you support small farms and businesses, you keep money in your local community and support other hard working families.

Fresh Farm Atlas has provided a brochure that outlines how to obtain fresh, local food as well as how to choose in-season produce.
 
Aug. 27, 2020

Badger Talks is pleased to present a Facebook Live series of talks on topics that intend to inspire, delight, and pleasantly distract in a time we are all needing positive experiences. Tune in to hear UW– Madison faculty and staff experts on a variety of interesting and engaging topics. Not able to watch the live talk? Don't worry!  All talks are recorded and available for viewing at your convienence.

Click here to see a list of upcoming Badger Talks Live or view past talks. 

Aug. 24, 2020

A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times

In this unprecedented period of global uncertainty, The Wellness Society felt it was necessary to put together this workbook to provide our community with much needed support.

The first thing to note right now is that it’s completely normal to be experiencing a wide range of
emotions. Accepting your feelings is an important first step to building resilience. The simple act of
naming your emotions has been found to benefit wellbeing. So, take a moment now to tune intoyour body and notice how you’re feeling. Circle the emotions that you identify with:

  • Anxious
  • Stressed
  • Worried
  • Fearful
  • Low
  • Lonely
  • Overwhelmed
  • Helpless
  • Frustrated
  • Guilty
  • Angry

Remember: It’s okay to feel discomfort. Accepting distress is often the quickest way to feel
immediately calmer.  Click here to view the workbook to help build your toolbox in dealing with Coronavirus.

Aug. 24, 2020
"Quaranteam"? "Double bubble"? These terms are showing up more and more in the media as individuals and families make decisions about when they will start to see other people again. In other families, questions are bubbling up about when and how it will be safe to get much needed support, like childcare or respite care.

The decision to see others or engage in activities is very personal. To help individuals and families think through these choices, Extension's Life Span Program has developed a decision guide. The guide walks users through the decision-making process, helping you to weigh out your own risks and benefits of interacting with others in your home or in public spaces. Those who prefer a more interactive tool can download a worksheet and/or flowchart that will take you through a series of questions and considerations. Access the guide here or contact your Extension office at 920-391-4610 for a printed copy.
July 29, 2020
"If there are things you want to be sure your teen does when leaving the home, returning to work or school or social contact, make those expectations clear."

- Amy Stockhausen, a pediatrician at UW Health, on talking to teenagers about the challenges of life during an outbreak. She offers additional tips on how to provide extra support for teens during COVID-19.

Watch the interview with Amy Stockhausen.
 
July 29, 2020

Thank you to WFRV Local 5 for the wonderful news story that highlighted the Brown County Community Gardens Program.  Check it out on their website by clicking here! 

For more information on the program, click here to be directed to the Community Gardens webpage. 

 

June 3, 2020
This growing season, the Green Bay Packers and Brown County Community Gardens are partnering for the fourth year on the Planting for a Purpose Program to encourage community members to plant a garden plot and donate fresh produce to local food pantries.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local food pantries report there is great need for more fresh produce donations to meet clients' needs. By signing up and pledging to donate a portion of their harvest, local gardeners can help ensure all community members have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Read the press release and find out how to get involved here. Free seed potatoes and rain gauges are available for participants, while supplies last.
May 16, 2020

Tap the resources of University of Wisconsin-Extension, Brown County.  Extension can provide information, training and direction based on the goals of your organization. After an initial assessment, Extension will develop a flexible class schedule and plan, working with your organization to best determine class location and format to maximize attendance and return.  Click here for more information on how Extension can help your organization. 

Apr. 28, 2020

To support the growing food truck and food cart industry through the COVID-19 emergency, UW-Madison, Division of Extension has developed a comprehensive resource designed to help business owners implement best practices in food safety, identify new business opportunities, and utilize resources such as grants, loans, and childcare support.  Please click here to access this guide.
 

Apr. 13, 2020
If you are unsure of how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your business or paycheck, this U.S. Department of Labor website is a great resource for information.
Apr. 9, 2020
With COVID-19 spreading throughout Wisconsin communities, it is important to consider all measures of protecting yourself from exposure to the virus. This includes food safety. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration website has a wealth of information about food safety during this pandemic, ranging from the food supply, maintaining social distancing within the food industry, and the safety of food industry workers.

View the website here.
Apr. 9, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down schools across the nation, many parents are concerned about keeping their children active without the help of physical education (PE) classes.

But UW–Madison’s Cindy Kuhrasch, who oversees the School of Education’s physical education teacher education program, sees these new circumstances as an opportunity to showcase the full potential that PE can have in children’s lives.

To help parents come up with ideas, Kuhrasch, her colleagues, and students are updating the UW-Madison physical education teacher education program’s Facebook page regularly to provide free resources and inspiration for staying active at home.

View the webpage and full article here.
 
Apr. 9, 2020

Providing child care to the essential workforce is critical to flattening the curve of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. To meet this need, Governor Evers created the Child Care for Essential Workers Taskforce.  Click here for an informational flyer on the taskforce.  Led by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the taskforce is working with the Early Childhood Association (WECA) and Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) to connect essential workforce families in need of child care with locally available child care resources.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) understands that certain families need continued child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of families and child care setting staff, click here to view a list of tips for parents to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
       
DCF is excited to launch two new tools to help connect essential workforce families to local, safe child care. Healthcare workers and essential employees are now able to submit a request for care by clicking here through the department’s updated Child Care Finder or proactively view up-to-date availability across the state using the department’s new child care map by clicking here.

More information for providers, essential workers and families can be found on the DCF COVID-19 Child Care webpage at https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/childcare

Mar. 31, 2020

Keep your brain busy during COVID-19.  Click here to download a Groundwater Crossword Puzzle.  Learn terms related to groundwater and be sure to check out the fact sheet on the second page that details the new terms you learned. 

Mar. 31, 2020
You hate to let a temporary financial setback impact your good standing with your creditors and lower your credit score for years to come. If you find that money is tight and you won't be able to keep up with bills, take action right away. 

Find the full article here.
Mar. 31, 2020
There is little doubt that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives—from virtual classrooms to telecommuting to early restaurant closing times to outright quarantines. Observing public health measures and reducing exposure to the virus are required to slow the spread of this disease. No one knows how long these virus safety measures will need to stay in place, but it presents a perfect time to protect and improve your health while practicing social distancing. Healthy eating is especially important for keeping your immune system in top condition. Click here for some steps you can take to eat healthy in the times of COVID.
Mar. 31, 2020
With 40 U.S. states now closing public schools to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, parents have had little to no time to plan for keeping their children at home 24/7. Suddenly, and in some cases overnight, families are figuring out how to live, learn and work - together and separately - all under one roof. This article offers tips for learning and working from home! 

What do we tell children in times of uncertainty like these? There are no easy answers but Travis Wright, an associate professor of counseling psychology at the School of Education at UW-Madison, offers some suggestions in this article.
Mar. 31, 2020

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is impacting households, communities, and businesses. A new national survey shows that 1 in 5 households in the US have already had their income cut or stopped altogether. Click here for financial resources to help you through COVID-19. 

Mar. 30, 2020

Coronavirus is making life stressful for everyone. If you're in isolation at home with kids, you're probably hearing the phrase "I'm bored" a lot!
 
Beat the boredom by trying out this weeks NEW featured resource:
Kid-friendly safe recipes!
 
Or try engaging your kids with one of these fun activities:
Scrub Club – a cartoon game about handwashing with a fun song
Coloring Placemats – free printable placemats with activities
Smart Kids Fight BAC! – a classic cartoon video about food safety

Mar. 30, 2020

Extension has resources available at your fingertips to help families throughout these trying times.  Parenting tips, fun activities, how to connect with eachother and much more.  Click here to utilize these resources

Mar. 30, 2020
Happy Valley 4-H club coordinated a countywide effort to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House by collecting pop tabs. Beginning in the spring of 2019, the club began a drive for all Brown County 4-H clubs to collect the small tabs from aluminum cans. Clubs brought their pop tabs to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center for a weigh-in on Saturday, October 5th.

Brown County 4-H clubs and groups together raised nearly 600 pounds of aluminum tabs by collecting at various events and locations throughout Brown County. Through additional partner-ships and charitable contributions from local organizations, Hap-py Valley 4-H club will present a donation of more than 700,000 aluminum tabs as well as additional cash donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin. They’re not stop-ping there.
“Our vision is to be able to continue the program each year and hopefully grow and expand to include everyone, whether you collect handful of pop tabs or hundreds of pounds,” said club leader Nicki Van Deurzen.

Anyone interested in helping Brown County 4-H to collect pop tabs can contact bc4hpoptabs@gmail.com.
Nov. 21, 2019
Master Gardener Volunteers (N.E.W. Master Gardeners) from the Locktender's House Native Planting Project in De Pere were presented with an award by the De Pere Beautification Committee at the De Pere City Council meeting. Attached is a picture of the volunteers along with De Pere Mayor, Mike Walsh, after receiving the award.
Nov. 21, 2019