2018 Extension Week – Connecting the U to YOU

The week of October 7th – 13th, the Bayfield and Ashland County UW-Extension Offices will be holding workshops and activities that highlight some of the ways that UW-Extension connects the resources and knowledge of the University of Wisconsin to You!

Connecting the U to YOU!

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

(pdfs of posters and booklet at the bottom of the page)

Sunday-October 7

1 – 6:00 pm* ~ Grandview 

Ashland County 4-H Outdoor Adventure Club ~ Youth Rock Climbing at Bob’s Rock* ~ * Pre-registration is required. Open to all local youth in grades 4 and up.  green 4-H clover

Monday-October 8

10  -11:00 am ~ NGLVC



“How Extension Can Help Local Communities Thrive” – Patrick Robinson, UWEX Associate Dean of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources UW-Extension Logo


11 am -12:30 pm ~ NGLVC




Working Effectively with Tribal Nations: Understanding History and Context of Tribal Government” – Judge James Schlender, LCO In celebration of Celebrate Indigenous People's DayIndigenous People’s 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 of Bad River. Local elected officials and community leaders are encouraged to attend.Everyone is welcome! Coffee and snacks will be served.


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
 DMap  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 Wisconsin.


All Day ~ Mellen Elementary


“FoodWIse Nutrition Education”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” – 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 – This will be an evening session that covers the basics of growing a vegetable garden in Northern Wisconsin. *Pre-registration is required. Register online.

shovel in garden soil

Tuesday, October 9th

9:30 – 11 am ~

Bad River Health and Wellness Center*



Grandparents Café – Education and Support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” *Pre-Registration is required.

  Grandparents raising grandchildren

1 – 2 pm ~ Online or In-Person*  


“Parents Connect: Kids’ Feelings-Tantrums, Sadness & More”  * Pre-registration is required ~  For Parents of kids ages 3 -10 years old 
Circle with parent child graphics


All Day~ Butternut & Glidden Schools


FoodWIse Nutrition Education Food WIse logo

6 – 7 pm ~ Online or In-Person* 



“Parents Connect: Kids’ Feelings-Tantrums, Sadness & More” *Pre-registration is required ~  For Parents of kids ages 3 -10 years old  

Circle with parent child graphics

 6 – 7:30 om ~ NGLVC Auditorium









“Kids & Screen Time: What Can Parents Do?” ~ For Parents of kids ages 11 and up

“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?   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 currenthands on tabletsresearch 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  during their day.

6 – 8 pm ~ NGLVC





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

WI Master NaturalistThe 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


All Day ~ 10/10 & 10/11 by appointment Call 715-373-6104 x 2  Or on your own  Online Check Your Credit Report” Online Did you know that employers, insurance companies and many others can view your credit report? Would you like to see what’s in your own report?  Meet by phone or video conference with a trained financial coach who can guide you through the process step-by-step. Learn:  – Who can see your credit report ,  -Why it’s important to check your report , -What problems to look for , -Steps you can take to make corrections or improve your credit

10:30-11 am ~ South Shore School


“Bayfield County 4-H Ambassadors presentations”      

green 4-H clover


12:45-1:15 pm  ~ Iron River Elementary


“Bayfield County 4-H Ambassadors presentations”  

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 is Required-Register online. 

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



“Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility Tours” – Greg Fischer and staffSalmon in partial RAS TankAquaculture is a growing industry in Wisconsin and the UW-Steven’s Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facilityis 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.

2 – 2:30 pm ~ Drummond School


“Bayfield County 4-H Ambassadors presentations”green 4-H clover

 6 – 7:30 pm ~ WITC










“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. 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. The program will be moderated by College Admissions Consultant, Jim Miller and leave 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” * Pre-registration and $ payment required    Crayon drawing of a family

All Day ~ 10/10 & 10/11 by appointment Call 715-373-6104 x 2  Or on your own  Online

Check Your Free Credit Report

Did you know that employers, insurance companies and many others can view your credit report? Would you like to see what’s in your own report?  Meet by phone or video conference with a trained financial coach who can guide you through the process step-by-step. Learn:  – Who can see your credit report ,  -Why it’s important to check your report , -What problems to look for , -Steps you can take to make corrections or improve your credit


All Day~ Bayfield School



Great Apple Crunch”  red apple with stem and green leaves


 1:00 – 2:30 pm ~New Chequamegon Clinic, Ashland,*



Grandparents Café – Education and Support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” *Pre-Registration is required.

  Grandparents raising grandchildren


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.

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ~  NGLVC



“Rethinking Aging: Embracing Change”  with Dr. Kristin Litzelman, UW-Extension State Specialist in Family and Financial Well-being in Middle and Later Life hand holding a compass in front of a fork in a road

Join Dr. Kristin Litzelman, UW-Extension Specialist for Family & Financial Well-Being in Middle & 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



“Is Your Well Well? Exploring Groundwater Quality in Wisconsin” Water in a glass with Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist, Center for Watershed Science and  Education, and Kelsey Prihoda, researcher, Lake Superior Research Institute at UW-Superior 

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.



Friday, October 12

5 – 6:30 pm ~ Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College


“Happy Hour Chat—What’s the Future of 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?
locally grown written on chalk board in front of vegetablesLight snacks and tea will be served. Cash bar will be stocked with local beer and cider. 

Saturday, October 13

Noon to 1:00 pm ~ ETH








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 ~ ETH







“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” – Matt Cogger, UW-Extension Horticulture Educator

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, 373KB)

Extension Week Kick Off Day (pdf, 1 pg, 143KB)

Extension Week Ag programming  (pdf, 2 pgs, 980KB)

Aging in the Northland: Issues & Ideas (pdf, 1 pg, 293 KB)

Extension Week Booklet Pdf, 12 pgs, 461KB)


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