Who We Are
The mission of Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension is to facilitate people’s use of university knowledge to make informed decisions that enrich their lives and enhance their communities.
Each year, we serve approximately 100,000 people where they live and work through our 30 programs in: Family Living, Horticulture & Urban Agriculture, Youth Development and Community, Natural Resources & Economic Development (CNRED). Residents (children, youth, adults, and seniors), community groups, the private and government sectors of Milwaukee County are connected to university knowledge through an array of the university system’s resources by skilled educators and trained volunteers.
Family Living: Helping Families Thrive
Family Living programs respond to local needs through education and partnerships. Our programs increase knowledge and skills of professionals and community members. We also support families through our work with local coalitions, to affect positive community changes. We provide poverty education, training and technical assistance for home visitors and family support workers, and childhood development screening training/train-the-trainer process. We also support the Milwaukee Promise Inc. inclusive scholarship program in the City of Milwaukee.
The Nutrition Education program provides interactive education to income eligible seniors, families and youth at no cost. Nutrition lessons help learners make healthier food choices, keep foods safe, and balance food intake with activity.
4-H Youth Development: Building Tomorrow’s Leaders
4-H Youth Development programs help Milwaukee’s youth develop the skills and self-confidence needed to succeed in today’s competitive world. Pre-college programs focus on science, engineering, and technology to lay the groundwork for success in the new economy. Youth develop skills through hands-on, practical, research-based, fun activities. Through these activities, they also explore their cultural heritage, learn entrepreneurship and develop pride in their accomplishments.
Horticulture & Urban Agriculture: Gardening for Sustenance, Health, and Profit
Did you know that gardeners eat twice as many vegetables and get twice as much exercise as non-gardeners? Or that the value of your home increases 15-25% with attractive landscaping? In Milwaukee County, Extension rents gardens to urban residents who need space to raise vegetables and fruit to feed their families, donate to food pantries and sell at farmers markets. Extension also helps homeowners learn to manage their landscapes in ways that save money, protect the environment, feed their families and add value to their property.
Community, Natural Resources & Economic Development (CNRED): Enhancing Community Assets
Whether you run a small nonprofit organization, work for a city or are interested in volunteering to clean up our lakes and rivers, our Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development educators have resources to offer. They help build community assets by: offering organizational development and strategic planning services to nonprofit organizations, providing training on conducting elections and open meetings to municipal officials; and helping local governments and community groups educate residents about environmental practices.
Download our Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension brochure.