Programs & Services

Focusing on four key areas, Cooperative Extension delivers education where people live and work – on the farm, in schools and community centers – or where they can readily access it – on TV, in the news media and online. Take a closer look at Cooperative Extension programs and services.

There are Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development opportunities available in nearly every community in the state. 4-H uses fun, hands-on activities to teach leadership, teamwork, citizenship, communication and critical thinking that prepares young people for successful futures.

Our Programs

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No matter what your interest is, you can pursue it with Wisconsin 4-H.

Afterschool programs
Ag & Animal Science
Clubs/ Groups
Communication Arts
Educational Travel Opportunities
Environmental Education
Healthy Living
International Programs
Operation: Military Kids
Shooting Sports
Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center

ANRE educators balance farm profitability and production of high quality food, horticultural crops, fiber, and plant material with protection of the natural environment.

Areas of Specialization

Teams of University of Wisconsin faculty and staff and representatives from farm organizations and agricultural industries develop, design and evaluate educational programs in agriculture and natural resources. With on-campus specialists providing research-based information and county agents linking the programs to local needs, these teams offer comprehensive educational programs in:

Bio-energy & Bio-economy
Community Food Systems
Farm & Risk Management
Food Industry Research, Service & Training
Fresh Market & Commercial Vegetable Crops
Fruit Crops
Nutrient Management
Small Farms

Working in partnership with county, state, federal and tribal governments, community organizations, volunteers, business and industry, this program’s focal point is collaboration as a means to discover well-rounded solutions to community-based needs such as economic development, public policy issues, natural resources education and access to information technology.

Areas of Specialization

Our educators collaborate with communities, bringing skills and expertise to address local issues. CNRED educational programs support community based needs, including:

Community Development
Economic Development
Local Leadership Training
Public Policy Issues
Natural Resources Education
Land-use Planning
Shared Decision-Making and Consensus Building
Access to Information Technologies

Areas of Specialization

Family Living Programs in every Wisconsin county are an excellent public investment. The evidence-based, community-centered education Family Living provides often serves as the framework for initiatives that make communities stronger.

Nutrition, Food Safety & Health
Family Financial Security
Strong Families & Parenting
Community, State and Federal Partnerships
Criminal Justice Issues

We are building a stronger Wisconsin by connecting, cultivating, and amplifying the effectiveness of leaders.

We connect leaders, expanding their networks across the state, nation and globe, so they can access relationships to address community and organizational challenges.

We cultivate leaders, advancing their skills through experiential learning and unique opportunities, so they can achieve greater success around issues that matter.

We amplify their effectiveness, exposing them to new ideas, places, perspectives and cultures, so they can lead in a dynamic and diverse world.

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) provides objective scientific information about Wisconsin’s geology, mineral resources and groundwater resources to support informed decisions by government, industry, business and citizens.