Effective immediately, all in-person 4-H meetings, programs, and events are to be cancelled or postponed until at least May 3rd, and that dated could be extended.  This is to minimize interpersonal contact for the health of members, volunteers, and all family members. We realize that this is disappointing to everyone, but your health and safety takes the top priority.

We will continue to send out future updates via email. If your club or group still wishes to meet virtually, please contact Ben, Alyssa, or Melinda, and we can schedule a Zoom meeting for you. We are planning to offer virtual educational videos over the course of the next month. Please follow Brown County 4-H Youth Development on Facebook. We will share resources and online learning opportunities offered by Extension through that channel! Please participate, we’d love to see learning continue.

Additionally, Extension staff have been asked to telecommute for the time being. If you need to reach someone with Extension, please contact us via email.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We appreciate your help in keeping our communities healthy and safe.

Mar. 23, 2020
Official Court Order Enacting Temporary Measures for Courthouse Operations Regarding COVID-19 Public Emergency
Mar. 18, 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
In response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Brown County Community Gardens Program will now offer online and over-the-phone garden plot registration instead of an in-person event. Starting Wednesday, April 15 at 8am, community members can submit a plot application at or leave a voicemail at (920) 391-4660 to schedule a phone interview. Plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to any interested community members.

View the full press release here.
Mar. 28, 2020

Extension Brown County will offer a general Master Gardener training program beginning in fall of 2020. Participants will receive a minimum of 36 hours of in-depth training. The class covers a variety of horticulture topics including compost, pest management, entomology, plant pathology, weeds, wildlife, ornamentals, lawns, houseplants, vegetables, fruits, phenology, and more.  Click here for more information.

Mar. 27, 2020

Stay busy during social distancing with hands-on activities that are for people of all ages.  Check out these YouTube videos below and get creating! 

  • Looking for a way to give back, raise spirits and have some family fun? Click here to check out the short video about making Pop Up Greeting Cards, and get creating with what you have at home. Be sure to post photos of your completed cards with #wi4h and #inspirekidstodo!
  • It's Engineering Challenge Time! Join us for this week's challenge: building advanced bridges. Click here to check out the YouTube Video - and in the comments under the video are the downloadable resources. Be sure to post on social media your bridges using #wi4h and #inspirekidstodo! Can't wait to see your bridges!
  • Do you have as many books around the house as we do? Well, this one is for you! Join us as we learn how to Be a Story Solver. Click here to watch the video, see what makes a story good, and try your hand at being a Story Solver. Be sure to share your photos on social media using #wi4h and #inspirekidstodo.
At University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Extension, we are working to integrate accessibility into our web, video, and audio content. If you experience accessibility barriers using our web, audio, or video content or would like to request complete captions or other alternative formats, please contact us at You will receive a response within 3 business days.
Mar. 27, 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

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
Horticulture News

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

Extension Brown County

Mar. 27, 2020

Here are the e-learning opportunities for the last week of March and first week of April! All of these opportunities are geared toward youth learners, and you can learn with us via Zoom. Simply click the links below up to 10-minutes before the session begins to join us!
3/30, 7:30pm - Caring for Baby Chicks
3/31, 2:00pm - Photography - Beginner Composition
4/1, 3:00pm - Let’s Laugh Together... Featuring You!
4/3, 11:00am - Moccasin Making

Mar. 27, 2020

Media Contact:
Margaret Franchino     
Brown County Community Gardens Program
Brown County Community Gardens Program to Offer Remote Plot Registration
Green Bay, WI—In response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Brown County Community Gardens Program will now offer online and over-the-phone garden plot registration instead of an in-person event. Starting Wednesday, April 15, at 8am, community members can submit a plot application at or leave a voicemail at (920)391-4660 to schedule a phone interview. Plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to any interested community members.

The Brown County Community Gardens Program offers nearly 400 rental community garden plots at 12 locations throughout Brown County. Community members rent plots for $10-$45 for the growing season, and use the space to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables. The program provides the land and water, and renters plant, care for, and harvest their own plots.

In addition to increased access to fresh produce, participants report mental and physical health benefits and increased community connections, and also help to promote environmental sustainability, among other benefits. Gardeners, including many immigrants and refugees, also use their plots as a way to maintain cultural traditions and access diverse foods not readily available at grocery stores.
Says long-time program gardener and board member Dee Ann Sanders, “It is restorative to get outside, play in the dirt, and witness the miracle of going from a tiny seed to food you can provide for your family. Even if you have no experience, we old hands are happy to share the excitement of gardening.”

Having access to gardening space can also be especially beneficial given the current health crisis. Gardener Beth Stockbridge explains, “With the added stress we are going through now, I can't wait to get into my garden knowing how much it helps my mental health and is something healthy to do for my family."

The Community Gardens Program is jointly funded by Brown County and the City of Green Bay and is also made possible by many community partners and supporters. For more information about the Community Gardens Program, please visit

Mar. 25, 2020

Free Online: Mindfulness Class for Kids!
Classes will be held on:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10am PDT / 1pm EDT

For the next few weeks, Mindful Schools will be offering free mindfulness classes for kids! Join us online – for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds – and let’s have fun exploring mindfulness together.  Click here for more information.

Mar. 23, 2020

In light of COVID-19 restrictions, Melinda Pollen, Brown County 4-H Youth Development Educator, has set up virtual office hours for anyone to log on and check in with her.  Every Wednesday from 9 - 10 am anyone can hop in any time and connect with her via zoom through computer with this link:
or by calling at 1(646)558-8656, when prompted, enter code number: 938774609#

She will increase these virtual office hours if there is a demand for it.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Melinda at

Mar. 23, 2020
COVID-19 Update Confirmed Case in Brown County
Click here to review the entire press release
Mar. 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Confirmed Cases in Brown County
Click here to read the entire press release.
Mar. 19, 2020

Discover more about your camera and how to put together the perfect picture! Join us at 4pm on Thursday (3/26), Tuesday (3/31), and Tuesday (4/7) via Zoom to learn some of the basics of photography.
Meeting ID: 308 726 945
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        (646) 558-8656

Mar. 19, 2020

Extension Brown County will be providing a basic grant proposal workshop online on April 23, 2020, from 9:00-11:30am.  This workshop will equip you with the basic skills of grant writing, an increasingly essential method for raising money to fund projects or programs for your organization.  Discover the how and where to look for funding to match your organization’s needs.  Find out about 990 Forms, where to find them, and what can they tell you to help you narrow your search for a grant that would meet your project need.  Find out where there are grant libraries and why you would visit them.  Learn tips on writing a grant proposals.  The workshop will cover the components of a grant proposal.   The workshop will look at how a needs assessment, program planning, and evaluation fit into a proposal format.  Look at some basic strategies for determining budget requests and working with funding agencies.  Participants will leave with places to look for grants and a draft outline for a grant proposal.  

For more information, contact Brown County Extension Community Development Educator Patrick Nehring at or (920) 764-1915.  Click here to register.

Mar. 17, 2020

While you are spending a little more time at home, this is a great time to get prepared for the Spring growing season!  Remember that Extension Brown County is available to help with any of your Horticulture questions. Andrea Ackerman, Extension Brown County Horticulture Educator, is checking voicemails and emails daily and ready to help to get your 2020 growing season off to the right start!  Call 920-391-4615 or email with your questions. 

We are not accepting in-person visits at this time. Please call or email your questions only.

Thank you! 

Mar. 17, 2020

“Eggstronauts” are stranded on the moon’s surface, and we need your help to rescue them and bring them safely back to earth!  Join Extension Brown County and the Neville Public Museum to bring the eggstronauts home safely! Using robots to search the moon, building heat shields for re-entry, and designing landing vehicles are tasks that we are seeking hands-on help. 

There are three separate missions offered this summer and missions are limited to 20 participants per session.  Register now!  Our STEM programs have been filling up fast. 

Please click here for more information and to register.

Mar. 14, 2020
March 2020 Happenings has upcoming events, local weather watch signup, spring Horticulture classes and news from Community Gardens and FoodWIse. Click here to view the full newsletter!
Mar. 13, 2020

Due to recent developments, the March 14th practice will be canceled. 

We are working with the UW-Madison, including the Division of Extension and will keep you updated on future practices as those dates get closer. 

The health of you, your families and our community is our primary concern. Stay healthy!!


Mar. 13, 2020

Attention 4-H Tailwaggers Members!  The 4-H Dog Project AKC Dog Clean Up that was scheduled for March 28 & 29 has been cancelled.  Please be in touch with your leader about future Tailwaggers events. 

Mar. 12, 2020
Stay up-to-date on the latest health issues in Brown County! Check out current Coronavirus (COVID-19) news and information at 
Mar. 4, 2020
How heavy was the rainfall overnight? How much snow fell during the latest snowstorm? How bad is the drought this year? Join over 500 fellow volunteers across Wisconsin who report precipitation online to ensure measurements of snow, rain and hail is available for your area.

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network or CoCoRaHS is recruiting volunteer weather observers to help the National Weather Service and others determine the impact and severity of each storm.

Everyone can participate – young, old, and in-between. The only requirements are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can impact our lives.

All you need to do is sign-up, attend an online training, and then you are ready to start measuring weather in your own backyard. Volunteers can measure:
  • snow using a yardstick or homemade snowboard
  • rainfall and the water content of snow using a 4” diameter rain gauge
  • hail using a ruler or homemade hail pad
  • ice accretion using a ruler
You’ll be amazed at what you learn as you become more aware of the variable weather that impacts you, your neighbors, your state and our entire country. Plus, you’ll help ground truth weather events, providing valuable information for improving weather forecasting models. The data you provide will help shape forecasts of river stages and flood levels on local rivers and can help inform National Weather Service thunderstorm or flash flood warnings just to name a few examples.

Sunday, March 1, 2020 marked the beginning of CoCoRaHS March Madness campaign. The campaign is a nationwide competition between states to see who can recruit the most volunteer weather observers. Last year, Wisconsin ranked sixth out of all 50 states and this year we are aiming to increase our ranking and beat our neighbors in the Gopher State!

Join your fellow Wisconsinites who report rainfall, snow fall and weather facts. Register today and help us beat Minnesota in this year’s CoCoRaHS March Madness.

You can find information and register here!
Mar. 3, 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
January 2020 Happenings has an introduction to new staff; a list of the Horticulture Classes;  a link to purchase Taste of WI tickets, and more!  Click to view.
Jan. 3, 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
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 (  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
Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, along with officials representing the Brown County STEM Innovation Center partners, officially celebrated the opening of the 63,730 square foot facility on Thursday.

“This day represents the realization of my long-term vision to secure our region’s manufacturing future,” says Streckenbach. “The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will help create long-term, family-supporting jobs in order to achieve improved economic development for years to come, while ensuring all our students have opportunities to become tomorrow’s innovators.”

The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will serve as the home of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, which will address Northeast Wisconsin’s educational training and skills gap of qualified employees to support manufacturing growth and entrepreneurship. Additionally, the space will enable the co-location of The Einstein Project, Extension Brown County and Brown County’s Land and Water Conservation departments.
Nov. 5, 2019
Brown County now gives you the option to receive text messages for "CodeRED" alerts! 

Text "BrownCountyWI" to 99411 to enroll! 
Sept. 12, 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