Supporting UW-Extension’s larger mission, Cooperative Extension works alongside the people of Wisconsin to improve lives and communities. Our educators don’t lecture or give grades in a typical classroom. Instead, we deliver education where people live and work – on the farm, in schools and community centers. Cooperative Extension educators also speak to civic groups and county boards, write newspaper columns, do radio and TV programs, facilitate meetings and build coalitions to solve community problems.


With an office in each Wisconsin county and faculty on UW Campuses, Cooperative Extension develops practical educational programs tailored to local needs and based on university knowledge and research.

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Leadership Wisconsin

This premier leadership development organization trains visionary, yet pragmatic leaders who are motivated to face the needs of their communities and organizations through civil dialogue and inclusive solutions.

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Family Living

Through readily available resources and education, Family Living Programs provide an environment where families can gain the information, skills and assets they need to improve their quality of life and contribute to their communities.

Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey

The WGNHS provides reliable and objective scientific information about Wisconsin's geology and groundwater.


Community, Natural Resources & Economic Development

CNRED is Wisconsin's educational network serving people and their communities in seeking positive change.

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Agricultural & Natural Resources

Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension aims to make Wisconsin agriculture strong and competitive while conserving and protecting natural resources – through education about agriculture, horticulture and natural resources.

4-H & Youth Development

4-H uses fun, hands-on activities to teach leadership, teamwork, citizenship, communication and critical thinking that prepares young people for successful futures.

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Cathy H

I am a gardener in the Brown County UW-Extension Community Garden Program at the Olde North site. I have met several of my "plot neighbors" and have shared recipes and gardening tips with them. It has been an enjoyable part of my summer. I have also brought my four grandchildren to the garden to help plant, weed and harvest. They thought the yellow pear tomatoes and ground cherries are the best!


Impact Beyond the Individual

The video discusses the opioid epidemic in Wisconsin. UW-Extension is working to help these individuals to live the best life that they can.  With the help of other agencies and organizations, UW-Extension is working to help build stronger communities. 

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