Extension Week – Connecting the U to YOU

Join us for any of our Extension Week Programs: October 7-13, 2018!

We want to highlight some of the great things UW-Extension does in our community and bring awareness to the wide range of educational and informative programs by hosting Extension Week!  Connecting the University of Wisconsin to You! To learn more about upcoming programs see details below.

* Pre-Registration Required.  Schedule may be subject to change, we will post any changes below.

Connecting the U to YOU!

Presented by: UW-Extension Educators in Ashland & Bayfield Counties

Sunday, October 7

1 – 6:00 pm* ~

Grand View

Ashland County 4-H Outdoor Adventure Club ~ Youth Rock Climbing at Bob’s Rock* Pre-registration is required, call 715-682-7017, permission slip online.  Open to all local youth in grades 4 and up.
All week National 4-H Week, October 7-13, 2018.   https://4-h.org/

Monday, October 8

10 – 11:00 am ~ NGLVC

UW-Extension Logo

How Extension Can Help Local Communities Thrive – Special Guest Patrick Robinson, UWEX Associate Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Mary Pardee, Area Extension Director, will kick-off Extension Week with a presentation on how the reorganization of Extension can better serve local communities. Regional Extension partners are encouraged to attend and ask questions.

11 am -12:30 pm ~ NGLVC



Working Effectively with Tribal Nations: Understanding History and Context of Tribal Government – Judge James Schlender, LCO Celebrate Indigenous People's Day~ In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, Judge Schlender, Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Judge, will share his knowledge on the interplay of tribal sovereignty, history and contemporary tribal governance. Opening remarks by Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Local elected officials and community leaders are encouraged to attend. Everyone is welcome!


1 – 2:30 pm ~ NGLVC


Recent Market Turmoil and the Future of Dairy Farming in Ashland/Bayfield Counties – Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at UW-Madison.  Dairy farming remains the largest component of the agricultural economy of Ashland and Bayfield Counties.  What does the recent turmoil in dairy markets and dairy trade mean for our local dairy farmers?  What does the future look like for our farmers when markets are so far away?  Dr. Mark Stephenson, the Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at UW-Madison, will provide an overview of dairy markets and discuss how recent turmoil may affect dairy farming in northern WI.
All Day ~ Mellen Elementary FoodWIse Nutrition Education in Mellen 1st, 3rd and 5th grade classrooms. Food WIse logo
6  pm ~ Ashland County Courthouse Ashland County 4-H Parent / Leader Organization Meeting and Recruitment plus Annual Record Book Check. green 4-H clover
6 – 7:30 pm ~ NGLVC Renewable Energy: Updates and Next Steps – with CheqBay Renewables, Xcel Energy, Bayfield Electric, Next Energy Solutions.  It’s been roughly one year since the kick-off of the solar group buy and announcement of Xcel’s community solar project.  During this panel presentation we’ll discuss what has been accomplished to-date and what’s next.  This is event is a great opportunity for anyone interested in renewable energy for home, business, or government.
6 – 8 pm* ~ Cable Community Farm Gardening in the North*  – Matt Cogger, UWEX Horticulture Educator.  This will be an evening session that covers the basics of growing a vegetable garden in Northern Wisconsin. *Pre-registration is required.  Register online.

Tuesday, October 9th

1 – 2 pm ~ Online or In-Person*


Parents Connect*: Kids’ Feelings-Tantrums, Sadness & More. Circle with parent child graphicsParent’s Connect is a free online educational series through UWEX designed to support local parents of 3 to 12 year-olds. Fall 2018 sessions will be twice a month (2nd and 4th Tues) at either 1 or 6pm via video conference or in person at the UW-Extension office.  * Pre-registration is required.
All Day ~ Butternut & Glidden Schools FoodWIse Nutrition Education in Butternut and Glidden Elementary Schools. Food WIse logo

6 – 7 pm ~ Online or In-Person*


Parents Connect*: Kids’ Feelings-Tantrums, Sadness & More. Circle with parent child graphicsA free educational session to support local parents of 3 to 10 year olds via video conference or in person at 6pm at the Bayfield County UW-Extension office, Washburn.  * Pre-registration is required.
 6 – 7:30 pm ~ NGLVC Auditorium Kids & Screen Time: What Can Parents Do?
A recent Pew Research study indicates that 65% of parents worry to some extent that their teens spend too much screen time and one-third of the parents say it worries them a lot.”  Have you noticed an increase in the amount of time both youth and adults dedicate to various screen technologies? hands on tablets  Did you know that social media is designed to create a dependence on its use?   Join UW-Extension Youth Development Educators, Doug Liphart and Ian Meeker and Ashland High School Alternative Education teacher, Dan Kovach, to learn about what current research suggests about how screen time affects brain development.  The presentation will conclude with a facilitated discussion around strategies parents can use to reduce the amount of screen time their children experience.

6 – 8 pm ~ NGLVC




Microplastics in our Great Lakes – A Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program WI Master Naturalist– Presenters: Dr. Lorena Rios, UW- Superior; Deanna Erickson, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve; and Hayley Bahr, National Park Service.

The public is welcome to join Master Naturalist volunteers in learning more about microplastics in the Great Lakes!  Three presenters will discuss this important topic at multiple perspectives Great Lakes, Lake Superior and Apostle Islands.  Come hear what we can do to help keep plastics out of our water.

Wednesday, October 10th

10:30 – 11 am ~ South Shore School Bayfield County 4-H Ambassadors presentations at South Shore School. green 4-H clover
12:45 – 1:15 pm  ~ Iron River Elementary Bayfield County 4-H Ambassadors presentations at Iron River Elementary School. green 4-H clover

1 – 2:30 pm ~ NGLVC*





Communicating Across Generations, Mary Pardee The word Generations with multi-colored upper cartoon torsos holding hands

From the Silent Generation to Generation Z, never before in our nation’s history have people from so many different generations been in the workforce at the same time. Each generation brings diverse perspectives, values, needs, and expectations to the workplace. As a result, individuals, employers, and organizations are presented with intriguing challenges and opportunities. Those who can communicate effectively across generations have much to gain, including increased quality of performance, increased job satisfaction, and dynamic teams that can blend and build on different working styles.  *Registration Required, register online.

1 – 3 pm ~ Red Cliff, Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility


Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility Tours – Greg Fischer and staffSalmon in partial RAS Tank

Aquaculture is a growing industry in Wisconsin and the UW-Steven’s Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility is leading the way in developing and supporting recirculating fish production systems.  Come tour the facility and learn more about aquaculture during this open house event.  No registration required.  Address: 36445 State Highway 13, Bayfield, WI 54814.

2 – 2:30 pm ~ Drummond School Bayfield County 4-H Ambassadors presentations at Drummond School.green 4-H clover
 All Day ~ Online

Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign – 2/2, 6/6, 10/10.

Online: https://fyi.uwex.edu/creditreport/

By law, everybody can obtain three free credit reports each year. The information in your credit report affects your life in important ways–your ability to get a loan, how much you pay for credit and insurance, securing a job, renting a house or apartment, and preventing identity theft. It is important to check your report regularly to make sure it is accurate and up-to-date.

Evening ~ Ashland County Courthouse Ashland County Teen Court    
Teen Court offers eligible youth an alternative to Juvenile Court  — they receive sanctions from their peers.  This event is not open to the public.
 6 – 7:30 pm ~ WITC Ashland Campus, Room 306

Demystifying Post Secondary Education: How to find the right Academic and Financial fit – moderated by College Admissions Consultant, Jim Miller

School choices crossroad signsEver wonder what you are going to do after high school? UW-Extension is hosting a facilitated panel discussion about higher education options on October 10th from 6-7:30 pm at WITC-Ashland Campus, Room 306. Admission specialists from UW-Superior, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, and Northland College will provide their perspective and questions students need to ask while exploring which post high school option is the best fit for your goals and budget, and how to access financial aid.  There will be ample time for students and parents to ask questions. This program is for high school students and their parents or guardians, school guidance counselors, and anyone else interested in understanding the options for post-secondary education.

Thursday, October 11

9 am – 12 Noon ~ Ashland County Courthouse* Successful Co-Parenting, Education for Divorcing or Separated Parents and Guardians* Pre-registration required, Crayon drawing of a familycall Ashland County UW-Extension office at 715-682-7017.  This class has a $25 payment required.
All Day ~ Bayfield School Great Apple Crunch  red apple with stem and green leavesFoodWIse Nutrition Education and UWEX Youth Development Program will help celebrate National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples with Kindergarten-2nd grade youth at Bayfield School on Thursday, October 11. Everyone is welcome to Crunch!
1 – 2:30 pm ~ New Chequamegon Clinic, Ashland* Grandparents Café – Education and Support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. *Pre-Registration is required, please call the Ashland County UW-Extension office 715-682-7017.

2:30 – 3:45 pm ~ NGLVC



Exploring Creative Housing Options for Seniors: The Village Movement, Co-Housing & Senior Housing Co-ops! –   Join us as we begin to explore creative solutions that communities across Wisconsin are employing to address the housing needs of an aging population. Special Guest, Travis Johnson of the Minneapolis-Row of houses in a townbased Senior Cooperative Foundation will share specifics on the process of developing and accessing funding for a Senior Housing Co-operative.  Seniors interested in exploring creative grassroots options are encouraged to attend, as well as local leaders, developers, and professionals with an interest regional housing issues.
4 – 5:30 pm NGLVC Rethinking Aging: Embracing Change – Join Dr. Kristin Litzelman, UW-Extension State Specialist in Family anhand holding a compass in front of a fork in a roadd Financial Well-being in Middle and Later Life, as she discusses common reactions to losing independence and how rethinking aging can help us plan for the future.
6 – 7:30 pm ~ NGLVC Multi-Purpose Room Is Your Well Well? Exploring Groundwater Quality in Wisconsin – Almost one million Wisconsin households have a private well for drinking water. But is well water safe? Join Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist, Center for Watershed Science and Education, and Kelsey Prihoda, researcher, Lake Superior Research Institute at UW-Superior, as we go underground to see what’s in private well water in northern Wisconsin. What contaminants have been found in wells? What can we do to prevent contaminated groundwater? How often should you test your private well? We’ll answer these questions and a lot more about what’s in our wells.

6:30 pm ~ NGLVC ~ Auditorium


Ashland & Bayfield County Master Gardeners presents: “Mushrooms Wild & Cultivated“ with Tavis Lynch.  Travis LynchMushrooming is a rewarding, but potentially dangerous activity.  Come learn from the experts on how to safely identify and harvest wild mushrooms and to cultivate your own. The event is free and open to the public.
7pm ~ Marengo Ashland County 4-H Market Sale Club meeting at the Ashland County Fairgrounds, Marengo, WI. green 4-H clover

Friday, October 12

5 – 6:30 pm ~ Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College locally grown written on chalk board in front of vegetablesHappy Hour Chat—What’s Next for Local Food? Join us for a casual happy hour of updates and conversation. Hear from regional local food colleagues about current projects and ideas for the future. What’s next for local food in the Chequamegon Bay Region?
Light snacks and tea will be served. Cash bar will be stocked with local beer and cider. 
NGLVC Cathy Techtmann, Environmental Outreach State Specialist and Professor, will be teaching a session on climate change and culture for the Youth Science Symposium.  This event is not open to the public, but to schedule a future event and learn more about Environmental Outreach with UW-Extension visit https://fyi.uwex.edu/nglvc/

Saturday, October 13

12 Noon to 1 pm ~ Eileen Town Hall

Hazelnuts in Northern Wisconsin: A Potential New Crop – Jason Fischbach, UW-Extension Food and Energy Woody Crops Specialist

UW-Extension has been working for more than a decade to develop hazelnuts into a high-value crop for farmers in northern Wisconsin. With recent identification of 10 select cultivars, it is time for the next stage with growers trying the hazelnuts on their farms.  Jason Fischbach, Co-Leader of the Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative and Agriculture Agent for Ashland/Bayfield Counties will discuss the hazelnut opportunity and how growers can get involved.  With revenue potential more than $3000/acre, hazelnuts could be a great opportunity for our region.  Come learn more!  Registration is requested, but not required.

1 – 2:30 pm ~ Eileen Town Hall Growing Fast Trees: For Landowners That Can’t Wait – Jason Fischbach, UW-Extension Food and Energy Woody Crops Specialist.  The best time to plant trees is 20 years ago, the second best time is today!  Fast growing hybrid poplar, willow, and tamarack  are good options for those that want to grow trees and grow them fast.  Plus, all three do well on clay soils.  At this field day we’ll talk about site selection, establishment, and maintenance.  We’ll also tour 10 year old plantings so you can see the trees in action.  Registration is requested, but not required. Eileen Town Hall (ETH) former Ag Station.
3 – 4:30 pm ~ Benoit Community Center  Hay Buying Workshop – Two round hay balesHow do you know what you’re getting when buying hay?  What’s a fair price for buyer and seller?  Come to the Extension Week Hay Buying Workshop to find out more!  This workshop is intended for buyers and sellers of hay.  Registration is requested, but not required.

Extension Week Poster (PDF, 1 pg, 244KB)

Extension Week Kick Off (PDF, 1 pg, 146KB)

Extension Week Ag Programming (PDF, 2 pgs, 975KB)

Extension Week Booklet