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Virtual Global Exploration

UW-Madison International Reach Ambassadors are discussing their home country, culture, and language.


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Join a StrongBodies Class

StrongBodies envisions a diverse community of individuals who are fit, strong, and healthy – and become change agents where they live.


Supporting You(th): A Mental Health Series

Supporting Youth Mental Health

Multi-lingual resources for adults to support youth and their mental health


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Responding to COVID-19

Find information about COVID-19, vaccine access, and more.


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Wisconsin Rocks & Minerals

An interactive journey through the state from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.


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Be a Stream Monitor

Join hundreds of Water Action Volunteers around Wisconsin who monitor the health of their local streams.

Extension’s Work Reaches Across Wisconsin

We help more than 200,000 farmers, parents, youth leaders, neighbors and businesses through our six program areas

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The Wisconsin Idea

Extension’s Role

UW-Madison is a public university guided by public service. The Wisconsin Idea stipulates that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

Extension brings the research of the University to the people of Wisconsin. Our offices throughout the state provide educational opportunities in the communities where people live and work.

I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every family of the state.

UW President Charles Van Hise in 1905

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