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.
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.
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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.
- "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)
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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!
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.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org or (920)242-5448 with any questions.
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.
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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
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 email@example.com. 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.
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!
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).
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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
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!
To shop the Paws & Claws Gift Shop online, visit the NEW Zoo's website at newzoo.org
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!
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.
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.
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.
Watch both series on the University of Wisconsin-Extension Human Development and Relationships Facebook page!
Read the full DATCP press release here. Report the seeds if you receive them using this form.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Village of Hobart
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.
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.
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
View the website here.
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.
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!
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
Find the full article here.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
View the full press release here.
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
Social distancing does not mean social disconnect. Call, email, message, comment, hashtag - stay active and stay connected!
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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.
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.
Thank you for all that you have contributed not just financially but also through your time, your words, and your efforts.
“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.
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 email@example.com.
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.).
View our list of some of the activities happening today and this week.