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Available Extension Educational Programs
   


Health & Well-Being Programs


  • StrongBodies Strength Training

    StrongBodies: Be Strong Stay Strong is a strength training program for anyone desiring to slow down the bone and muscle loss process. StrongBodies is offered to various age groups and genders including seniors and women. Classes typically have eight to twelve participants.

    Duration: 60-75 minutes
    Number of sessions: 20 (twice weekly for 10 weeks)
    Cost: Varies, call for more information

    Contact Jen Whitty for more information at Jennifer.Whitty@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7789

  • Taking Care of You: Mind, Body, Spirit

    Explore the various dimensions of health (physical, mental, social and spiritual) and how they are interrelated. Includes education and activities that reinforce the importance of being mindful and intentional in our daily lives for maximum health.

    Duration: 90 minutes
    Number of sessions: 4
    Cost: Varies, call for more information

    Contact Jen Whitty for more information at Jennifer.Whitty@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7789


Nutrition Education Programs


These programs are free to families and individuals within established income guidelines.

  • Eating Smart and Being Active
    Learn more about how to eat healthy/get active and feel great doing it!  

    Eating Smart and Being Active is a series of lessons that Waukesha County Extension Nutrition Educators teach to participants in their own homes or in group settings at various community sites. It is available in English or Spanish and FREE to families with children.*

    Contact Jill Herz, FoodWIse Administrator for more information at Jill.Herz@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7877

    *Families with children (ages infant – 19 years old, or are expecting) who are eligible for programs such as WIC, Free & Reduced Lunch, or Food Stamps (FoodShare) meet our income guidelines to participate in ESBA.

  • Eating Healthy/Keeping Food Safe/Stretching Your Food Dollar

    Extension Nutrition Educators teach low-income families, individuals, youth and elderly to learn about nutrition and improve their food security. The programs are available to families and individuals within established guidelines. This includes, but is not limited to, families and individuals who are eligible for: the QUEST card (food stamps/FoodShare), WIC, Wisconsin Works (W2), SSI or SSDI.

    Contact Jill Herz, FoodWIse Administrator for more information at Jill.Herz@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7877


 Horticultural General Public Programs


  • Master Gardener Level 1 Training

    Waukesha County teams Extension teams up with Milwaukee County to provide education, training, and volunteer opportunities for those who want to become a Master Gardener Volunteer. Master Gardeners volunteer time to gardening opportunities and projects in return for receiving horticultural training. For more information, visit the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners website at http://fyi.uwex.edu/sewmg. The SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners includes both Waukesha County and Milwaukee County residents. Training is held September through December each year.

    Duration: 3 hours
    Number of sessions: 13
    Cost: Call (414) 615-0518 or email MLCGeneral@ces.uwex.edu

  • Pruning Workshop

    Offered in March or April. Workshop includes an indoor presentation on pruning techniques and tools followed by an outdoor, hands-on pruning component where participants are given an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned. Focus is on pruning trees and shrubs.

    Registration is required. The registration form can be found here when available.

    Number of sessions: 1
    Cost: $45

    Contact Ann Wied for more information at Ann.Wied@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7788


Horticultural Professional Programs


  • Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Short Course

    A four week short course held each February designed to keep landscaping and grounds maintenance personnel up to date on the newest education practices and technology available to green industry professionals.

    Duration: 3 hours
    Number of sessions: 4
    Cost: $20 per session or $65 for all 4 sessions

    Contact Kristin Krokowski for more information at Kristin.Krokowski@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7775.

  • Trial Garden and Plant Health Field Day

    THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT BE HELD IN 2018. A program held early August in conjunction with Boerner Botanical Gardens. This one day educational event utilizes the gardens for many different walks including: showcasing new varieties, tried and true plants, and the diagnosis, proper care and maintenance of plants. Educational talks are also held indoors throughout the day on emerging problems, disease and insect problems and plant selection. 

    Duration: 8 hours
    Number of sessions: 1
    Cost: See brochure

    Contact Kristin Krokowski for more information at Kristin.Krokowski@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7775

  • Urban Forest Health Workshop

    The Urban Forest Health workshop is a combination of classroom talks and interactive walks that focus on issues related to maintaining tree health including topics tree pest, tree assessment and understory management.

    Duration: 8 hours
    Number of sessions: 1
    Pricing: $65

    Contact Kristin Krokowski for more information at Kristin.Krokowski@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7775


Economic Development Programs


  • Downtown Market Analysis

    A diverse mix of business and community leaders learn about the changing marketplace in their downtown area, identify business and real-estate opportunities and develop strategies to support current and new businesses. Research is then put to work to support small business growth and development and demonstrate the downtown’s economic importance.

    Duration: Varies, call for more information 
    Number of Sessions: Varies, call for more information 
    Cost: Varies, call for more information

    Contact Steve Chmielewski at Steven.Chmielewski@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7781 or Jerry Braatz at Jerold.Braatz@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7786

  • Small Business Development

    Educational programs for small business development vary from entrepreneurship skill development to small business retention and expansion.

    Duration: Varies, call for more information 
    Number of Sessions: Varies, call for more information 
    Cost: Varies, call for more information

    Contact Steve Chmielewski at Steven.Chmielewski@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7781 or Jerry Braatz at Jerold.Braatz@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7786


Yard & Garden Programs for Organizations or Groups (fee based)


  • Dig into Gardening - Youth Garden and Nutrition Program

    Lessons are offered to youth and /or families and can include preparing a healthy garden snack, nutrition and horticulture activities, creating a small container garden and reading garden and nutrition themed stories. These options can be selected a la carte for a tailored program that meets your needs.

    Duration: 60 minutes
    Number of sessions: 1 to 4 sessions
    Cost: Varies, call for more information

    Contact Ann Wied for more information at Ann.Wied@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7788

  • Container Gardening

    A program teaching the basics of growing container gardening. Each participant will go home with a container garden with assorted vegetables, herbs or flowers (depending on the season). Focus of the program could be directed to children or adults.

    Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
    Number of sessions: 1
    Cost: Varies, call for more information

    Contact Ann Wied for more information at Ann.Wied@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7788


Community and Organization Programs 


  • Community Change Circle

    Community Change Circles provide a unique opportunity for residents to work together to identify a community need or issue and develop/implement an action plan to generate improvements.

    Duration: Approximately 2 hours per session
    Number of Sessions: 4 to 6 Sessions
    Cost: TBD

    Contact Ann Wied at Ann.Wied@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7788 

  • Community Public Opinion Survey

    This multi-session educational program works with a diverse group of community stakeholders to clarify data needed, design a survey tool, analyze results, and determine how results may be implemented. Communities and elected officials gain a new understanding from the survey analysis for data-driven decision making.

    Duration: Varies, call for more information 
    Number of Sessions: Varies, call for more information 
    Cost: TBD

    Contact Steve Chmielewski at Steven.Chmielewski@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7781 or Jerry Braatz at Jerold.Braatz@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7786

  • Plan Commission Workshop

    Appointment to a local government’s plan commission is an important commitment carrying significant responsibilities. A plan commission workshop can help bridge the knowledge-experience gap and increase commissioner confidence. Workshop topics vary.

    Duration: 2 to 2 1/2 hours 
    Number of Sessions: 1 session
    Cost: TBD

    Contact Ann Wied at Ann.Wied@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7788 or Jerry Braatz at Jerold.Braatz@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7786

  • Real Colors® Personality Test

    Real Colors® is a fun, interactive workshop that will provide you with skills to understand human behavior; skills that are easy to incorporate into everyday life.

    Since 1993, nearly one million people in businesses, professional organizations, universities, and government agencies throughout North America have used Real Colors® and its principles to improve and enhance their personal and professional relationships. The techniques learned through Real Colors® can help bring about lasting, positive change, resulting in higher levels of success for all.

    Duration: 2 1/2 to 3 hours
    Number of Sessions: 1 session
    Cost: TBD based on number of participants

    Contact Ann Wied at Ann.Wied@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7788

  • Strategic Planning for Non-Profit Organizations

    A strategically lead organization defines where it wants to be and implements change through an action plan to achieve that desired future. This educational process will assist your organization become more successful in achieving your mission and vision while creating community value.

    Duration: Varies, call for more information 
    Number of Sessions: Varies, call for more information 
    Cost: TBD

    Contact Steve Chmielewski at Steven.Chmielewski@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7781 or Jerry Braatz at Jerold.Braatz@wisc.edu or (262) 548-7786

 515 W Moreland Boulevard  * Administration Center Room G22  * Waukesha, WI 53188-3869 
Phone: (262) 548-7770 * Fax: (262) 548-7787 
Office Hours: M-F, 8 AM – 4:30 PM

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