Gaining Ground Gardens :: Growing Inmate Skills Through Horticulture Therapy

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…)

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Spring 2019 Snapshot Wisconsin Volunteer Trainings :: Help Identify, Count, & Map Wildlife in Marathon County

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…)

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Summer 2019 & Extension Marathon County :: Camps, Contests, Classes, Clinics, & SO MUCH MORE!

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…)

UW-Extension Marathon County Celebrates National Volunteer Week

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…)

UW-Extension Aims to Improve Digital Connectivity in Rural Marathon County

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…)

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Our THANKS to Linda Standiford & Jacky Luetschwager :: 4-H Volunteers Leading Youth in Hands-On Community Service Projects

With 30 4-H clubs in Marathon County, there’s no shortage of ways for youth to get involved in area community service projects as a way to GIVE BACK. Meet two devoted volunteer 4-H leaders: Linda Standiford & Jacky Luetschwager. See how they involved area youth in some great projects to meet the needs of community members in and around Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)

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What are we THANKFUL for in Marathon County?

We asked several local community leaders — plus our Editorial Board — to share what they’re grateful for in 2018 and what they’re looking forward to in 2019. Their answers run the gamut from A to Z… Awe-inspiring to zany! (Click the title to learn more.)

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4-H Has Something 4-Everyone :: A Look at the 4-H Exhibits of the 150th County Fair

Take a visual tour of some of the highlights of this year’s 4-H exhibits at the 150th Wisconsin Valley Fair. A whopping 725 youth displayed over 11,000 exhibits at Marathon Park that they worked on throughout the year. Marathon County can send 35 projects from this year’s county fair to compete at the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, WI. (Click the title for details…)