Extension Washburn County

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Natural Resources

Educators provide support to members of local communities so that they can make informed decisions that protect our environment such as those impacting water quality, land conservation, sustainability, and more. 

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Established in 1909, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s first agricultural research station.

The Spooner Agricultural Research Station is the northernmost station and specializes in Agronomy and Horticulture crop production research.

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4 – H

Since 4-H started in the early 1900s, youth have learned by doing.

Through a variety of educational experiences, youth have the opportunity to become leaders, make decisions, and learn how to make their voices heard.

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FoodWIse advances healthy eating habits, active lifestyles and healthy community environments for families with limited incomes through nutrition education at the individual, community and systems levels.

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Community Youth

Community Youth Development Intentionally connects young people with community based organizations, including schools, colleges, universities, local government and nonprofits.

Health and Well-Being

Health & Well-Being catalyzes positive change in Wisconsin communities to promote health and well-being. Our programs are focused on food and nutrition security, chronic disease prevention, mental health promotion, substance use prevention, and access to health care.

What’s Happening at Extension Washburn Co!

2024 National 4-H Congress

Registration will be open in 4HOnline for National 4-H Congress from June 1-30, 2024!  Grade eligibility to participate in this Educational Experience you can read more about it below:

National 4-H Congress

November 28-December 3, 2024; Atlanta, GA

Youth currently enrolled in Grades 9-12 (grades 10-13 for the 2024-25 4-H year)

National 4-H Congress is a five-day Educational Experience held in Atlanta, GA. Congress is the premiere nation-wide event for 4-Hers to network with others from around the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. While at Congress, 4-Hers engage in leadership, citizenship, global awareness, and inclusion. Highlights include educational workshops, exploring the city, international events, community service, educational tours, and the National Congress Gala. You can learn more on our website https://go.wisc.edu/727h67. The cost for this program is estimated to be $1,500 per participant.

If you have questions about National 4-H Congress, please reach out to Holly Luerssen, lead National 4-H Congress Advisor at holly.luerssen@wisc.edu or Justin Lieck justin.lieck@wisc.edu.

Free Airplane Rides!

EAA Chapter 631 will host Young Eagle flights for youths 8-17 (weather permitting) at theairports and dates listed below. Date Time Airport Location Saturday, May 18, 2024 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Vetterkind Field8306 270th Ave, New Auburn, WI 54757 Saturday, June 1, 2024 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Chetek645 Lakeview Dr., Chetek, WI 54728 […]

Passport to Summer Olympics

Summer 2024. Get ready little Olympians in Kindergarten to 2nd grade. Participate in fun activities all summer long with Barron, Burnett, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn County 4-H! Pick up a Passport to the Summer Olympics at your local 4-H office starting June 1. Be sure to join us at any of the events listed on the flier to get a stamp on your passport! Kindergarten to 2nd Grade. Register in 4-honline: https://2cloverbud.4honline.com

Passport to Summer Olympics Flier


4-H Outpost Camp will be July 15-17, 2024 for ages 12-19 and will be held at Luther Park Camp and Retreat Center in Danbury, WI. Register on the Google form: https://go.wisc.edu/4qitp1 Registration deadline is June 17th.

Focus on Fathers!

Join fathers, father figures, and others in that role via Zoom to explore parenting topics and learn ways to strengthen your relationship with your child!

Badger Crop Connect Webinar!

Back for its fifth year, Badger Crop Connect begins on April 10 at 12:30 p.m. and continues every second and fourth Wednesday of each month through late October. Join UW–Madison researchers, Extension specialists and educators, and industry experts to learn more about the research, resources, and strategies that will help you optimize crop yield, quality, and profitability on your farm this year. Register for the series and sign up for email updates at go.wisc.edu/BadgerCropConnect

Teaching Children about Emotions!

May 21st and May 28th, 2024 Register Today!

2024 Parents Forever Class Schedule

Upcoming Parents Forever classes are being offered via Zoom.

Class Fee: $20.00

Upcoming Dates:

  • March 18th, 2024
  • May 13th, 2024
  • July 8th, 2024
  • September 9th, 2024
  • November 4th, 2024

Our Office

Extension Washburn County

304 2nd St. Shell Lake, WI 54871

Phone: (715) 635-4444

Fax: (715) 257-4592


Monday through Friday

8:00 AM- 4:30 PM

The office is closed all Major Holidays and the day after Thanksgiving.


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