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Science is in trouble. Climate-change deniers hold office, vital medical research is being de-funded, and space exploration is taking a backseat to drilling for fossil fuels. But we can do something about it, starting at home. Escuela Verde and Upham Woods invite you to create a one-of-a-kind science project to share with the community, a project that addresses a challenge we're all facing. SCIENCE STRIKES BACK is our way of making science great again with a fun event for lovers of fact-based learning of all ages! 

Science Strikes Back is going virtual for 2021 on February 3rd at 6 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Come  explore alongside peer scientists and curious community members. Pre-registration is required for everyone who wants to participate in the synchronous presentations.  Click here for more information about this unique event

 

Jan. 20, 2021

Join Us: COVID-19: A Conversation about Vaccines  
COVID-19 vaccines are approved and global distribution is underway, yet uncertainty and confusion about the vaccines remain. In this conversation, UW-Madison public health experts Ajay Sethi, PhD, MHS and Devlin Cole, MD, MPH will discuss the latest information regarding COVID-19 vaccines and distribution plans. Dr. Sethi and Dr. Cole will present information about vaccines in meaningful terms and address frequently asked questions. Join the dialogue to ask questions and build your understanding of the COVID-19 vaccines. 

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 12-1pm CST
Register in advance.  

For More Information Click Here 

Jan. 19, 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. Lightly facilitated by our faculty. FREE, but registration required and limited to the first 20 who sign up. Check out the full article for 2021 dates and registration links.

Jan. 14, 2021
Extension Brown County is giving away a 24 ounce Brown County tumbler with a snap-fit lid and straw, drawstring bag, pen and a magnet! All you have to do to enter into the drawing is to:
  • "LIKE" our Facebook page (1 entry)
  • COMMENT on the post with your favorite vegetable (1 entry). Feel free to include your favorite recipe!
  • TAG your friends (5 entries for each friend tagged)
  • SHARE on your Facebook page (10 entries)
The winner will be notified on January 29 via Facebook messenger and the items will be mailed directly to you!
Jan. 12, 2021
UW-Madison Division of Extension's Life Span program presents the Wise Wisconsin Winter Series. Connect with others from around the state as you learn how to increase joy and satisfaction in your life during these cold, snowy winter months. Grab a hot beverage and join us! For more in-depth descriptions of the sessions, visit this site.

The series runs from February 3rd through March 10th, 2021 on Wednesdays at 9:00am. These sessions will be on Zoom. Register at no cost here!
Jan. 12, 2021
This exhibit is a partnership between the Oneida Nation Arts Program, the Oneida Nation Museum, and the Neville Public Museum. The exhibit highlights the cultural legacy of basketry, pottery, and silverwork among the Oneida people.
Jan. 8, 2021

Join us for this year’s conference to learn together about garden organizing, vegetable growing, community, and more! This conference will offer a track for both garden leaders and gardeners (Details here), as well as opportunities to network and connect with others involved in Wisconsin community gardens.

When: Friday, February 12; 9 AM - 12:30 PM and Saturday, February 13, 12:30 - 4:15 PM. Preconference orientation will be open starting Friday at 8:30.

For More Information

Jan. 8, 2021

Attention youth leaders in grades 7-12 and adult 4‐H volunteers!  Don’t miss your chance to participate in the 2021 Winter Leadership Camp.  It is always a great weekend full of leadership development and fun, and this year we are making it happen in a virtual format! The camp is scheduled for Friday evening, February 12 and Saturday, February 13.  Youth from throughout Wisconsin will come together at Virtual 4‐H Winter Leadership Camp to work on improving their leadership skills through hands‐on, interactive leadership sessions.  Youth will gain a better understanding of what it means to be a leader and how to apply being a youth leader in their club, county, and school.  Along with leadership learning, youth will have opportunities to participate in a variety of virtual recreational activities. Adult leader volunteers are also needed to support youth in learning leadership skills. Cost for youth is $20, which includes supplies that will be shipped to you.
 
Registration can be found here: http://bit.ly/4HWinterCamp
 
After you submit the form, you will receive a link for payment of a $20 registration fee that can be paid with a debit or credit card.  Please contact Kevin Palmer, Manitowoc County 4-H Educator, kevin.palmer@wisc.edu or (920)242-5448 with any questions.

 

Jan. 4, 2021

Across the Division of Extension we have been learning and improving our transition to virtual spaces.  You haven’t heard from the Virtual Learning Community since our Summer Virtual Learning Community, but Positive Youth Development in virtual spaces has continued to grow and develop.  Since summer we’ve been building out virtual opportunities and had over 500 people registered for our first ever Virtual Fall Forum AND hundreds of volunteers registered and participated in our Virtual Annual Leader Trainings.  In order to continue building out a community of learning around the state, we need Youth Leaders and Adult Volunteers!   
    
The Virtual Learning Community knows how important supportive relationships within youth development spaces are to creating community, valuing youth voice and empowering action in our communities.  We are committed to ensuring that anyone who wants to find an engaging, educational, and FUN online connection will be able to do so easily.  We hope you will help us make it happen. 

Read More Information On How You Can Help

 

Dec. 23, 2020

Getting to this point was possible thanks to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

There were a number of steps that needed to happen to ensure the vaccine was safe for use before it gets to you.

You can learn more about this process here:
U.S. Vaccine Safety - Overview, History, and How It Works | CDC
#StayHealthyBC #YouStopTheSpread
Dec. 17, 2020
The holidays are here, and even in a challenging year like 2020, many of us look forward to spending time with loved ones and exchainging gifts. Unfortunately, gift shopping provides more opportunities for criminals to try to steal your money. Here's a list of scams to avoid this year, followed by tips to help protect yourself.
Dec. 17, 2020

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will award more than $15,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin 4-H members and alumni pursuing higher education in 2021.  To be considered for financial support, applications must be received by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation via email by Monday, March 15, 2021.

Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated personal growth through 4-H, development and leadership in 4-H, academic performance, and future educational goals.

To be eligible for Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships students must have been a Wisconsin 4-H member for at least three years; have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be enrolled or planning to enroll at a university, college, or technical school during the 2021-2022 academic school year.  Scholarship winners from previous years are not eligible to receive a second 4-H Foundation scholarship.

The application is a one-page resume and a one-page cover letter, both of which give the 4-H youth a chance to share their 4-H achievements, as well as their future plans.  Applicants are asked to treat this process as if applying for a job.

Cover letters and resumes must be submitted as one PDF document and emailed to scholarships@wis4hfoundation.org.  For detailed information about what to include in and how to prepare the application documents, 4-H youth can visit www.Wis4HFoundation.org/scholarships.

A panel of experienced youth educators will screen the applications and select finalists.  Applications chosen as finalists will be ranked by a second panel comprised of 4-H and youth development experts.  The 4-H Foundation will assign available scholarships to the top-ranking applications based on scholarship criteria.

Applicants who are awarded scholarships will be notified by postal letter and email in May.

 

Dec. 14, 2020

We are pleased to announce the Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference will be held on February 10th and February 11th via Zoom.  The conference will be free, but pre-registration is required.  More information is available at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/covercrop/.
 
From 7 to 8 pm on Wednesday, February 10th, we will check in with our former keynote speakers, Barry Fisher, Blake Vine and Rick Clark, to get updates on their cover crop innovations.  Bring your questions for a lively Q and A session!
 
On Thursday, February 11th, we will begin the day at 11 am and will hear from Loran Steinlage, Owner/Operator of FLOLOfarms, on “Profit through Diversification”.  Loran and his wife, Brenda, farm on the edge of the Driftless area in northeast Iowa and are known for their use of companion/relay cropping and growing diverse crops including winter wheat, malting barley, and buckwheat, as well as corn, soybeans and cereal rye.
 
After a lunch break , afternoon breakout sessions will include using covers for weed management with Rodrigo Werle and Erin Silva, growing small grains with Shawn Conley, Matt Ruark and Mike Ballweg, and cover crop grazing with Serge Koenig.
 
New this year, we are hosting a virtual poster, video and photograph showcase!  Our goal is to highlight innovative agricultural practices, successful conservation outreach and educational activities, and scientific research on cover crops, soil health, and resilient cropping systems from across the state.  More information can be found at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/covercrop/.  Please consider sharing your stories!

 

Dec. 11, 2020

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

In response to new guidelines released by the CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services Brown County Public Health has updated quarantine guidance for close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID19.

While 14 days is still the safest option, quarantine can end:
• After 10 days with no symptoms
• After 7 days with no symptoms and a negative test

Get details you need to protect yourself and your community:
BCPH: www.stayhealthybc.com
DHS: dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/120420.htm
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/.../if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
Dec. 9, 2020
Celebrate the holiday season and a wonderful family tradition with us at the Neville!  See our Snow Babies, Enchanted Forest, and charming “Dolls of Christmas Past” that once adorned H.C. Prange department store in Holiday Memories of Downtown Green Bay
Nov. 20, 2020
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



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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
The 75th Art Annual exhibit is an all-media, juried exhibition of current artworks produced by artists living in the counties of Northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  A total of 54 artworks by 50 artists were chosen by juror Annemarie Sawkins (Independent Curator and Art Consultant).  
Oct. 29, 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
Tickets for North Shore Bank Zoo Boo 2020 are now available exclusively online at NEWZOO.ORG. Get your tickets today, before they're gone! To ensure comfortable social distancing throughout the Zoo, capacity will be limited during each evening of the event.

The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is excited to once again partner with North Shore Bank to present North Shore Bank Zoo Boo for the 2020 season. Although this year’s event features a few changes from years past to promote health and extra safety measures, you can rest assured that we haven’t changed the fun! North Shore Bank Zoo Boo will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on October 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st.

Learn more at newzoo.org
 
Sept. 29, 2020
Witness the building of a large-scale sculpture of a sea creature!  
 
Bring the family and join the FAB COLLAB on Saturday, October 3, 2020 for a live outdoor sculpture build on the grounds of the Neville Public Museum. The Fab Collab (Fabrication Collaboration) will be building a large-scale sculpture of a sea creature!
Sept. 25, 2020
The NEW Zoo is pleased to announce that animal face masks are now available for purchase online. Masks can be picked up in person at the Zoo, or can be mailed to your address for a $1 shipping fee. Adult masks are currently available, with child size masks expected to be available online starting the week of Monday, September 28th. Adult masks are double-layered with a filter pocket, with soft, comfortable ear loops. Child masks have a nose wire and adjustable ear straps.

To shop the Paws & Claws Gift Shop online, visit the NEW Zoo's website at newzoo.org

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Sept. 24, 2020
The Diocese of Green Bay selected the Brown County Community Gardens Program as a 2020 recipient of its CRS (Catholic Relief Services) Rice Bowl grant. CRS is the international charitable arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Funds for the grants come from an annual collection in the diocese. Seventy-five percent of the funds collected go to CRS work overseas, and 25 percent is awarded locally to support immigrants and refugees.
 
The community gardens program received funds to purchase plants and seeds from local greenhouses to share with its participating gardeners, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. Additional funds were also awarded for other garden projects. Thank you to Diocese of Green Bay CRS Rice Bowl grant for helping our gardeners grow!
Sept. 10, 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
Make sure your surplus garden produce doesn't go to waste by participating in Planting for a Purpose, a joint project of the Green Bay Packers and Brown County to encourage gardeners to donate fresh produce to food pantries. Planting for a Purpose participants have reported 3,126 pounds of produce donated so far this season. That’s over TEN times the 281 pounds reported at this time last year!
 
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.
Sept. 10, 2020
STEAM Engine XII – Wednesday, September 9th @ 6:30p.m.
FREE EVENT
Virtual Attendance!

The STEAM Engine is an interactive event held at the Neville Museum that features speakers with exciting projects, new business ventures and cutting edge research. The STEAM Engine showcases individuals and organizations in the region who are seeking new horizons in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. Due to Covid 19 the STEAM Engine XII event will be virtual attendance only. View at facebook.com/Steamenginegb.
Sept. 8, 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
Fall/Winter 2020 Musepaper
Aug. 19, 2020
Visit Amazing Dinosaurs at the Neville Public Museum!
Aug. 18, 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
What is Foster Care?
Foster care is a temporary alternative to a child’s biological home when that home becomes socially, emotionally, or physically inadequate for the child’s needs. Foster children range in age from infant to 21; however, the greatest needs are for sibling groups of 3 or more, youth with special needs, and teenagers. It is an expectation that foster parents work with birth parents. All foster children have unique backgrounds, experiences, personalities, strengths and weaknesses. Some may require extensive care for physical or emotional handicaps or disabilities. Foster children sometimes do not have a strong sense of belonging or a strong sense or self-worth. Many of them have been victims of physical or sexual abuse, some have suffered neglect, and some children and infants require extensive medical care.

Is Being a Foster Parent for You?
It might be! You probably have more to offer a foster child than you ever realized. Every day foster parents help to save the lives of children who might not otherwise have a chance to learn and grow in a loving home environment. These kids need people to change the course of their lives!

To learn more about Foster Parenting, visit our General Information page.

To learn more at a Brown County Foster Parent Information Session - click here for dates.

 
July 1, 2020
As part of their Planting for a Purpose produce donation program, Brown County Community Gardens and the Green Bay Packers once again teamed up to distribute free seed potatoes. Community members picked up over 1,000 free seed potatoes, donated by Wisconsin Certified Seed Potatoes, to plant in their gardens, with the understanding that they will donate half of their potato harvest to a food pantry.
 
All community members are invited to sign up to participate in Planting for a Purpose, to meet food pantries' need for more fresh produce donations. Join the effort by signing up to participate. There is no minimum donation amount. All participants can pick up a free rain gauge, while supplies last.
June 9, 2020
All 370+ community garden plots at the Brown County Community Gardens Program's 12 rental garden locations are now ready and rented to community members interested in growing their own food. Over 220 families have signed up to garden a plot where they can plant, care for, and harvest their own produce. Special thanks go to the following organizations, groups and individuals, as well as many others, for their assistance preparing the gardens for the start of the growing season:
  • Brown County Community Gardens Board of Directors and Volunteers
  • City of De Pere
  • City of Green Bay
  • East and West High Schools
  • Frank Hutjens
  • Frank Daul and Sam Graner
  • Green Bay Botanical Garden
  • Green Bay Packers Give Back
  • Green Bay Vet Center
  • Home Depot
  • John Lemere
  • Jon and Sara Krause
  • Kwaterski Construction
  • Mark VandenPlas
  • Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply
  • Streble Dairy
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Village of Hobart
Thank you for making the community gardens a true community effort!
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
The Neville Public Museum Gift Shop is looking for a part-time sales associate available to work weekends. Applicants must be friendly, computer-savvy, dependable, and 18 years of age or older.
May 1, 2020
There has never been a better time to support your Neville Public Museum, or an easier way to do it! Check out our new Bonfire store where you can select a shirt style or hoodie, design, and colors to best represent your Neville love!
May 1, 2020
To assist the public through the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown County has several sites throughout the County that have free high speed public WiFi - making it easy to access.  Sites include areas just outside of buildings, in parking lots and parks.  Here's a list of Brown County access points for “drive-up” connectivity:  
 
Brown County Library – Central Branch - 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI 54301
Brown County Library – Ashwaubenon Branch - 1060 Orlando Drive, Ashwaubenon, WI 54304
Brown County Library – De Pere Branch - 333 N. Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115
Brown County Library – East Branch - 2255 Main Street, Green Bay, WI 54302
Brown County Library – Howard Branch - 2680 Riverview Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313
Brown County Library – Pulaski Branch - 222 W. Pulaski Street, Pulaski, WI 54162
Brown County Library – Southwest Branch - 974 Ninth Street, Green Bay, WI 54304
Brown County Library – Wrightstown Branch - 615 Main Street, Wrightstown, WI 54180
Brown County Museum - 210 Museum Place, Green Bay, WI 54303 
Brown County Park Management - Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve - 2024 Lakeview Drive, Suamico, WI 54173
Brown County Park Management – Bay Shore Park - 5637 Sturgeon Bay Road (Highway 57), New Franken, WI 54229
Brown County Park Management – Fairgrounds - 1500 Fort Howard Drive, De Pere, WI 54115
Brown County Park Management – Pamperin Park - 2801 County Road Rd, Green Bay, WI 54303
Brown County Park Management - Reforestation Camp - 4418 Reforestation Rd, Green Bay, WI 54313 
Brown County NEW Zoo - 4418 Reforestation Rd, Green Bay, WI 54313



 
Apr. 28, 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

In Wisconsin 4-H, we believe in educational opportunities that involve youth in their own learning. We encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. We want youth to DO a hands-on activity, REFLECT on their experience, and APPLY what they learned in the current activity and beyond.  We also know that world events could prevent some of those things from happening. Let’s not let them!

Extension educators from around the state created a handy list of easy-to-access activities and curriculum. We chose the resources on this page with busy parents, caregivers, and families in mind. We know there’s a lot coming at you all at once, so we took some time to go through a lot of possible activities, resources, and information. We only listed the ones we think are the best, in the current situation.

The page is organized by grade level and is chock full of Extension and 4-H resources as well as high quality, fun, learning activities from a range of other sources.  Click here to start exploring the resources!

Apr. 6, 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
The University of Madison Division of Extension and Brown County are closely following news and updates concerning COVID-19. Following local and state guidelines for social distancing, FoodWIse Brown County has postponed education events until further notice. 

Though we are socially distancing, this does not mean we have to disconnect! Connect with our educators through social media. FoodWIse Brown County will be posting daily updates, news, information, healthy tips and challenges to our Facebook. Make sure to like, follow, and tag us in any challenge photos you post!

Stay safe and healthy!
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

As we all face these unpredictable times, our friends at KidsGardening created and shared these ‘tried and true’ plant-based activities that are joyful for any age and don’t involve any screen time. The national nonprofit reaches close to half of a million educators, parents and volunteers with free online gardening educational resources and activities. Click here for fun gardening with kids ideas!

 

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
The Brown County Community Gardens Program is offering garden plot registration online and by phone beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 15. Community members can submit an application to rent a plot at browncountycommunitygardens.org or by calling 920-391-4660. Plots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and include a nominal fee.

View the full press release here.
Mar. 28, 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.

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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.

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

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Mar. 27, 2020

When the Victory Garden Manual was first written in 1943, it was pretty easy to come up with reasons to grow your own vegetables. It was wartime and food was scarce. The food that was available might not have been the freshest or healthiest. Statistics say that in 1943, nearly 40% of all fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. were grown in-home and community victory gardens. That’s impressive!

Now, as National Garden Bureau celebrates its 100th anniversary (1920-2020), it seems timely to reintroduce the concept of victory gardening with quick and easy steps to plan and grow your own vegetable garden.

We are calling it, Victory Garden 2.0!

All credit goes to the author of this book, James H. Burdett. Mr. Burdett founded the National Garden Bureau in 1920 as a way to enlist horticultural writers and broadcasters in the noble effort of mass education to create a population of gardeners. In the process, he improved the lives of citizens both in wartime and in times of peace. Click here for more information.

Mar. 26, 2020
COVID-19 Update Confirmed Case in Brown County
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Mar. 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Confirmed Cases in Brown County
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Mar. 19, 2020
Brown County continues to take precautionary steps to protect the health and safety of the community by mitigating the spread of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), as provided through guidance from Public Health, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   As of now, the Brown County Courthouse will remain OPEN. 
 
Everyone is reminded that if you are coughing or sick, or otherwise exhibiting COVID-19 or flu like symptoms, please remain home and do not come to court.  If you have a scheduled court case on the docket and need to reschedule, please contact your attorney.  If you do not have an attorney, please contact the appropriate Branch or department to reschedule your court case.  You must contact the appropriate Court within 24 hours of your scheduled hearing or it will be considered a Failure to Appear and additional charges could be filed for your non-appearance.   Please click here for courthouse telephone numbers.
 
Mar. 16, 2020
Stay up-to-date on the latest health issues in Brown County! Check out current Coronavirus (COVID-19) news and information at www.stayhealthybc.com 
Mar. 4, 2020
We at Neville Public Museum care deeply about making the history, science, and art we share with you, our community, and visitors, meaningful. 
Feb. 28, 2020
Give BIG Green Bay was an amazing experience for us, and your support means the world to our office. Both through your contributions and your sharing of our messages went a long ways in helping us receive over $9,000 in total contributions from donors. We are still waiting to find out how much we are receiving in matching incentives, but no matter what, those raised funds will go a long ways for us to be able to grow some of our existing programming and expand our programming into new areas in the county while making sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in     4-H programs.
 
Thank you for all that you have contributed not just financially but also through your time, your words, and your efforts.
 
Feb. 20, 2020
The Volunteer Center of Brown County named the volunteers at the Brown County Library's Children's Edible Garden as their volunteers of the week.  Members from N.E.W. Master Gardeners Association volunteer their time and energy to creating a garden full of edibles children and their families can enjoy.  Staff from the library conduct food education classes and other garden events for the children during the growing season.  Any extra produce that isn't picked by the children for their own use is donated to local food pantries.  Read more about the Children's Edible Garden and Master Gardeners here.   
Jan. 27, 2020
Cheryl Berken, Brown County Register of Deeds, announces that it will soon be easier to obtain a copy of your marriage certificate. Starting January 2, 2020, individuals married in any Wisconsin County will be able to come to the Brown County Register of Deeds office to obtain their marriage certificate.
 
“We currently issue Birth Certificates if the birth occurred in any Wisconsin County from 1907 to present and are pleased to now offer Marriage Certificates as well. The ability to seamlessly provide copies of birth and marriage certificates in our office is the best way to serve our customers seeking these vital records,” says Berken. “My office continues to work with the State Vital Records Office to make other vital records similarly available for Brown County residents.”
 
Certificates of death are available statewide for deaths occurring on or after September 1, 2013. Certificates of divorce are available statewide for divorces occurring on or after January 1, 2016.
 
Individuals can contact the Brown County Register of Deeds office to receive more information about the statewide availability of records. 
 
Jan. 2, 2020
Students from Syble Hopp School joined Brown County Executive, County employees and Santa Claus this year for Christmas tree decorating and caroling at the annual Deck the Halls event.  A good time was had by all!  
 
Dec. 12, 2019
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
Brown County has officially launched their new website and domain (www.browncountywi.gov).  The move to a .gov was strategic for the county.  Leveraging the .gov domain for its security, integrity and digital optimization were primary objectives for Brown County. 

Along with added security, look for these added features on the new website:
  • Google Translate – a service that instantly translates words used on a web page into over 100 other possible languages.
  • Site Search – a search service that can help you quickly find what you need on the Brown County website.
  • Email Alerts – sign up for a notification email whenever new content has been posted for Brown County news, events and updates.
  • Responsive technology – the website’s content adapts to suit the individual needs of the site visitor.
  • Social Media Page – Stay connected with all of Brown County’s social media activity across all agencies (Neville Museum, NEW Zoo, Parks, Brown County Library, etc.).
It will take a couple of weeks to finalize all the information and links that are offered on the Brown County website, but the added ease and versatility of the new site highlights Brown County’s digital focus and ease of use for the visitor.
Nov. 12, 2019
In recognition of our veterans' service and in honor of Veterans' Day, many local community organizations and businesses are offering free admission and discounts.  You can find out more by visiting each of the social media sites on Brown County's social media links page (see Neville Museum & NEW Zoo)

View our list of some of the activities happening today and this week.
Nov. 11, 2019
The Brown County Arena's maple flooring has brought new life to a local school's gym.  The flooring, donated by Brown County, has been recycled and is now a "new" maple hardwood gym floor at a local school where student athletes use it for a variety of games, matches, classes and other activities. 

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Sept. 6, 2019
The Brown County Fair offers a free all day admission for Military and Veterans, along with one Guest.  Honoring Peacetime and Non-Combat Veterans on Sunday, August 18, 2019. 

Visit the Brown County Fair's website for more details and information!
Aug. 14, 2019
Green Bay, Wis (WBAY) -- Plans are moving forward to operate the drawbridges in downtown Green Bay more efficiently -

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Aug. 13, 2019