In early 2019, a select group of Marathon County employees formed a local GARE team to participate in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) learning community.
Each Marathon County service and department is affected by racial inequities — whether through its program offerings, services provided, hiring practices, meeting times, or other systems or facets of government. GARE has created tools that help advance racial equity when government decisions are being made in regard to such things as policies, practices, programs, and budgets.
Get the scoop on some action steps being taken based on what these local GARE team members learned over the past year. (Click the title for details…)
The most talked-about feature of the 151st annual Wisconsin Valley Fair was the addition of a traditional rodeo put on by Dakota Rodeo Company. If you missed all the bull-riding, barrel-racing, and calf-roping ACTION, check out the stunning visual highlights in the full story.
What’s more? Plans are in the works to bring the rodeo back for another go ’round at the Wisconsin Valley Fair next year! (Click the title for details…)
Gaining Ground Gardens is a new community garden in Wausau using UW-Extension staff and area volunteers to introduce Marathon County Jail inmates to therapeutic horticulture. A garden was also started at the Marathon County Juvenile Facility. The gardens aim to provide stress relief, a sense of purpose and belonging, and strengthened vocational skills to community members in need.
Gaining Ground Gardens was created solely with private donations. With financial support, the gardens aim to add walkways, birdhouses, additional beds, rain barrels, and a garden shed. The gardens are also seeking volunteers to assist with mentoring and gardening advice for participants. (Click the title for details…)
Wild Parnsnip abounds along roadsides in Marathon County. Removing it can be tricky as the sap can cause skin rashes.
Learn how to spot and then safely remove this invasive species to help stop its spread in Marathon County . . . (Click the title for details)
Sign up to receive a FREE trail camera to help the Wisconsin DNR track local wildlife on your property. Or just hop online to help count and identify wildlife in posted photos. There’s two ways to volunteer with the Snapshot Wisconsin program.
As of April 3, 2019, Snapshot Wisconsin has 1,615 volunteers, 1,898 cameras, and over 27 million photos collected. Find out how to get involved (and view photo collections online) in the full article . . . (Click the title for details…)
From an Artificial Insemination Certification Program designed for dairy and beef producers to a Summer Gardening Series for kids, Extension Marathon County has TONS of offerings for people of all ages this summer.
Get the scoop on farm tours, FREE first-aid kits for farmers, garden clinics (during which you can bring your plant and insect questions to a Master Gardener Volunteer), a grilled cheese contest, 4-H camps, and more. (Click the title for details…)
During National Volunteer Week (April 7–13), Extension Marathon County expressed its appreciation for the 431 active volunteers who contributed over 10,000 hours of service in 2018.
See volunteers in action throughout Marathon County, and learn how you, too, can become a Master Gardener Volunteer, 4-H Volunteer Leader, or a Home & Community Education Volunteer with Extension Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)
Older adults can partake in a brand-new educational workshop event for those 60+ — All Things Senior — on May 20, 2019. Choose from 3 classes/activities promoting healthy aging.
College for Kids is back for its 37th year (June 10–14) for children Kdg-Grade 6.
Plus, check out camps & courses like Girl Power Camp, App Attack (game/app design), & Harry Potter Wizarding Academy.
Learn about the latest offerings & how to register. (Click the title for details . . .)
Extension Marathon County hired Community Development Educator Melinda Osterberg and started a 4-H Digital Ambassador program (in partnership with Microsoft) with the aim of training 4-H teens to lead digital literacy classes to help people in rural areas learn to use digital technologies.
If you know a teen interested in becoming a Digital Ambassador — or would like to sign up to have 4-H Tech Changemakers lead a technology-related class near you — Extension Marathon County 4-H wants to hear from you! (Click the title for details…)
With classes for all ages and interests, UWSP campuses have workshops and sessions including everything from Wizarding Academy to Understanding Emotional Intelligence, from Wisconsin and the Civil War to Nature Journaling, from ACT Prep to the Music of Italy and Spain. Get info on the upcoming Spring continuing education catalog available in January 2019. (Click the title for details.)