Improving Lives and Communities in Wisconsin

Through hundreds of initiatives, statewide and beyond, UW-Extension works with the people of Wisconsin solve their most pressing issues and uncover their most promising opportunities. But what does that mean exactly? What does UW-Extension actually do?

While the list is long, we do things like make it easier for working people to earn their degree so they can stay marketable in their fields. We educate parents as they navigate the new digital age with their children. We share best practices and facilitate networking to burgeoning entrepreneurs. And we help families plan for a secure financial future. Wisconsin Public Television? That’s us. Training future leaders to tackle large-scale community problems through civil discourse? Us too. Ever participated in 4-H? Also UW-Extension.

And that’s just the beginning. In short, while you may not know too much about UW-Extension, odds are you’ve partnered with us or tapped into some of the programs, research and resources we offer, every single day. We invite you to get to know more about us, our mission and our impact.


Through UW-Extension, people of Wisconsin and beyond can access university resources and engage in learning, wherever they live and work.

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UW-Extension leadership upholds the mission and drives the strategic vison through engaged education, research and programs.

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