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!

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Tri-County 4-H Food and Clothing Revue

Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 1:00 PM
Shell Lake School
Register through 4-H Online: https://foodsclothingtri.4honline.com by April 1

Free Online Parenting Classes

Join free online parenting classes. Connect with other parents. Get practical, positive, research-based parenting ideas. Help children grow.

Click each class name to register below. When you register, you will receive an email with a link that gives you access to the class using Zoom. Check your junk mail if you don’t receive this email.

Raising Wisconsin’s Children online parenting classes are on the 3rd Thursday at 1 PM unless otherwise noted.

Classes are for any parent or caregiver.


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

Upcoming Online Gardening Programs!

The UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture Program is offering free online gardening programs to help you be more successful with growing and caring for plants in the yard, garden, containers—or wherever your plants grow! These programs are suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.

The next series begins in February and is free and open to the public. You can attend just one or all three programs, though registration is required for each session. All programs will be recorded and available to view on the Extension Horticulture website later.

Go to bit.ly/3S8nWBm to learn more and register!

Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing

Upcoming Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing! 3 Locations February 5th – Ellsworth, WI February 15th – Barron, WI February 27th – Baldwin, WI Cost: $10.00 Questions? Contact Becky Brathal at becky.brathal@wisc.edu or 651-302-6520

Cultivating Your Farm’s Future: Farm Succession Workshops Start Jan. 31, 2024

Cultivating Your Farm’s Future: Farm Succession Workshops Start Jan. 31, 2024

This workshop series will prepare you to shape and communicate your ideas about the future of the farm and business and save time by having these crucial conversations before visiting with professionals.

Registration details

Registration Fee: $100/per farm, which provides one workbook, folder of materials, course videos, and four live Zoom sessions; $15/additional workbook. Multiple farm/family members are encouraged to attend.

Register online at https://uwmadison.eventsair.com/farm24/reg

Got plant problems? Learn plant diagnostics online!

Plant Diagnostics: The Step-by-Step Approach to Identifying Plant Problems is an online course offered by the UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture Program. The course is designed to teach you troubleshooting skills for plant-related problems. This online course runs from February 1 – April 30, 2024. Find more information about this course at https://hort.extension.wisc.edu/plant-diagnostics-course/

2024 Garden and Landscape Q&A

The Ask the Experts: Monthly Garden and Landscape Q&A Series begins Monday, January 22, 1:00-2:00 PM. These sessions allow you to ask questions about your trees and shrubs, garden vegetables and ornamentals, and lawn. Whether it’s about plant diseases, pesky insects, or the selection and general care of plants in and around your home, our seasoned experts will provide insightful answers. To learn more and register: https://bit.ly/47zheec.

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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