Helping to make renting a great experience for you!

Taught by Extension Educators

Upcoming Class Dates & Times:
January: 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; 1-2pm
February: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18; 7-8pm
March: 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26; 9-10am

Location: Online, live instruction via Zoom; links will be sent after registration.
To register complete this online form: https://go.wisc.edu/Rentsmartregister

Cost: FREE!

What you will learn:
● Planning for and meeting monthly expenses
● Tips for finding and maintaining affordable housing
● How to complete an application and why landlords screen applicants
● Strategies for building positive relationships with landlords and neighbors
● Responsibilities and rights of landlords and tenants
● Participants must complete all 6 modules to earn the Rent Smart certificate
● For more information, please contact rentsmartwi@office365.wisc.edu or call 262-741-4951



An EEO-Affirmative Action Employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, and ADA requirements.
Nov. 12, 2020
Join Extension Educators for this Rent Smart Train-the-Trainer program on December 3rd and 4th, from 10:00am-3:30pm. This program is virtual, with the Zoom links being sent after registration is complete. You can register for this program here.

This program is especially geared toward community providers that are interested in learning about Rent Smart and teaching components of it within their agencies.

Learn more about the Rent Smart Program here.
Nov. 12, 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

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. Lightly facilitated by our faculty. FREE, but registration required and limited to the first 20 who sign up. Click here to register for any of the sessions below.. 

Thursday, December 3, 9:00-10:00am - Mental Wellness Issues:  Rebecca Fairman, Executive Director of Connections for Mental Wellness, will share some resources and other tool-kits that are available for mental wellness and coping during the pandemic. 

Email us to share your future topic requests (warnerl@uwgb.edu or patrick.nehring@wisc.edu).

Nov. 4, 2020
Pursue your fullest potential in the Nonprofit world.

Nonprofits are thriving in Wisconsin, driven by passionate people charged with fulfilling vital missions. UW-Green Bay has developed an Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Certificate to make it possible for you to pursue your fullest potential in the nonprofit world. The sessions cover key essentials for nonprofits and are taught by instructors who have real-world knowledge and experience.

There are three sessions left in 2020:
- Human Resources Management: Friday, November 20, 2020
- Marketing and Communications Strategies: Friday, December 11, 2020

The Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Certificate will be offered in the spring semester beginning in February.  You can register and attend the sessions in November and December and complete the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Certificate by attending the remaining sessions and complete the capstone in the spring

View the full flyer here.


 
Nov. 4, 2020

The virtual Edible Startup Summit on November 9-10, 2020 is co-hosted by Dane County UW Extension
and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Community Food Systems Program. The state-wide summit is a 2-day virtual training program for food processing and food truck & cart business start-ups and entrepreneurs.  We provide talks, workshops, and consulting sessions so that you get the information, connections, and resources you need to help you launch and sustain your food business.

Click here to view more information about this unique opportunity!
 

Oct. 15, 2020
Explore ways to take better care of yourself and manage stress in weekly 60-minute Zoom sessions!

4 Week Program:
Thursdays, January 7 - 28, 2021
7:00 - 8:00pm
Find more information here. Register for the series here.
Contact: Mandi Dornfeld or Todd Wenzel
 
Oct. 9, 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
Harvest season is underway! Have extra fruits and vegetables from your garden? Make sure your surplus produce doesn't go to waste by participating in Planting for a Purpose, a joint project of the Green Bay Packers and Extension Brown County to encourage gardeners to donate fresh produce to food pantries.
 
Many local pantries accept fresh produce donations and have need for more donations to meet clients' needs. Need is especially great this year. Help make sure everyone has the fresh fruits and vegetables they need by signing up to participate here.
Aug. 17, 2020
Tune in Tuesday afternoons for the Money As You Grow Book Read, and Wednesday and Friday afternoons for UW Mindful Money Moments! Financial Security Team Educators provide a wealth of financial education and resources in both of these series.
 

Watch both series on the University of Wisconsin-Extension Human Development and Relationships Facebook page!
Aug. 17, 2020
If you receive an unsolicited package of seeds in the mail, please report it to DATCP and do not plant or throw away the seeds. Some Wisconsin residents have received unsolicited seed packages that appear to have come from China. These seed packages may contain invasive plant species that could harm the environment and/or our Agriculture industry.

Read the full DATCP press release here. Report the seeds if you receive them using this form.

 
July 29, 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
The Brickstead Dairy annual field trip for youth has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, but that won't stop youngsters from being able to still see the farm! Check out these videos for a virtual field trip:

Brickstead Dairy 2020 Virtual Field Trip
Visit With the Vet
Protecting Our Water
June 9, 2020
Parenting. . . Behind the Behavior (PBTB) is a weekly Facebook live series produced by a team of Human Development & Relationships Institute colleagues on the Digital Parenting workgroup. Every Thursday at noon a new 3-5 minute, PBTB video is released. PBTB shares short, practical, research based tips on topics related to family engagement and child development.

View the entire series on the Human Development & Relationships Institute Facebook page.
June 9, 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

As you may be aware, Extension Brown County along with the UW-Madison community have been keeping a close eye on developments around the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  All Extension in-person activities at least through May 3rd are postponed or cancelled. 
 
Although we are physically distancing, we hope to connect with the public now more than ever with the power of the internet and social media.  Our educators are working hard to bring content virtually to your home.  Our Facebook pages are being populated daily with ideas to keep your mind and body healthy and to help us stay connected with eachother as a community.  Please use the links below to like our Facebook pages.

Extension Brown County
Extension Brown County 4-H Positive Youth Development
Extension Brown County Horticulture
Extension Brown County Agriculture
Brown County Community Gardens Program
FoodWIse Extension Brown County

If you do not want to connect with Facebook, please use the links below to see our news section for each department.  We have the same content that is being shared on Facebook here.

General Extension News
4-H Positive Youth Development News
Agriculture News
Horticulture News

Social distancing does not mean social disconnect.  Call, email, message, comment, hashtag - stay active and stay connected!

Extension Brown County
920-391-4610
extension@browncountywi.gov
www.browncountyextension.org

Mar. 27, 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