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Walworth County UW-Extension

Walworth County University of Wisconsin Extension staff work in partnership with people in county, state, federal, and tribal governments; community organizations; volunteers; businesses; and industry. With faculty in every county and on University of Wisconsin campuses, Cooperative Extension gives Wisconsin citizens quick and convenient access to University research and knowledge.

UW-Extension “extends the knowledge of the University of Wisconsin to people where they live and work.”

Please visit our program area pages by utilizing the drop-down menu on the yellow toolbar.

Click on the links below to be directed to the program area’s highlights and upcoming events:

4-H Youth Development


Family Living


Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP)

Special Features

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Affordable Care Act Information Session

Thursday, October 23 or Tuesday, November 18; 11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
*Attend either, same information to be covered*

Walworth County Government Building, Room 216, 100 W. Walworth St, Elkhorn, WI 53121
Speaker: Katherine R. Gaulke, PhD, MHA

Discussion to Include:

  • How & when to apply at The Marketplace
  • Subsidies and Cost Sharing
  • County Marketplace Qualified Health Plans (QHP)
  • Shared Responsibility Payment (i.e. the “penalty” or “tax”)
  • Tips for learning your options & making informed decisions

Gypsy Moth

Adult-Male-and-FemaleHave you seen these moths around? They may be more harmful to your trees than you think!

Each year, gypsy moth caterpillars defoliate thousands of acres of hardwood forests, yard trees and other urban trees throughout the northeastern United States, including Wisconsin. This Gypsy Moth in Wisconsin website offers tips on how to limit damage to your trees and describes available assistance programs. It also includes management options for homeowners on a month-by-month basis.

Emerald Ash Borer

EAB-adultEmerald Ash Borer, a serious pest of ash trees has been confirmed Walworth County and several other counties of Southeast Wisconsin. Homeowners can take steps to provide their trees with a measure of security but it must be done proactively.  From determining if you have an ash tree, to advising on what to replace one with, the UW-Extension and Master Gardener Volunteers are here to help. Take a look at our Ash Tree Identification publication for help in identifying your tree.  Now the question is what should homeowners do? Please see Homeowner Guide to Emerald Ash Borer Insecticide Treatments and Is My Ash Tree Worth Treating for Emerald Ash Borer?.

If you have any questions about the Emerald Ash Borer, identifying your ash tree, or to receive a fact sheet with this information, please call the Walworth County UW-Extension office at (262)741-4951 or email  You can also visit

Program Area Highlights

4-H Youth Development

Cake4-H Centennial Cookbooks are here! Get yours today for just $15!

*Online enrollment for the 2014-2015 4-H year will open on October 1.*

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon August-September 2014 Newsclip 

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 4-H Calendar 

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 4-H Project Meeting Guide 

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 2013-2014 4-H Project Guide


2014 Farm Fresh Atlas
The 2014 Farm Fresh Atlas is now available!

Be Featured in the 2015 Farm Fresh Atlas™ of Southeastern Wisconsin!

If you are a farmer, farmers’ market, small/local business, or restaurant that wants to attract more customers in the Milwaukee Metropolitan area, then the 2015 Farm Fresh Atlas™ of Southeastern Wisconsin is for you! Find out more! 

WFTD_logo_word200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Farm Technology Days Volunteer Application

The 2016 Farm Technology Days committee is searching for a large number of volunteers to help make the event successful. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the above application and return it to the Walworth County UW-Extension office, or email Colleen Lesniak, Walworth County Volunteer Coordinator, at

Walworth County Barn Quilt Page

Family Living

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Slow Cooking Your Fall Harvest  

Tuesday, September 23; 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Aram Public Library, 404 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan, WI 

Is your garden bursting with fall favorites like sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, and potatoes? Looking for a new twist on old favorites? It’s time to bring your slow cooker out to enjoy the fall harvest! Join Walworth County UW-Extension Family Living Educator Jenny Wehmeier for an hour filled with tastes and smells of fall. We will sample several dishes and talk through important food and slow cooker safety do’s and don’ts. Register early – limit of 24 for this free class!

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 2014 Evening of Learning

Thursday, September 25; 6:00-8:15 p.m.
Walworth County Government Center, 100 West Walworth Street, Elkhorn
$2/member, $5/non-member

Join HCE at their annual Evening of Learning. Learn about “Cooking with Today’s Beef” and “The Healing Power of Acupuncture.”Attend one or both sessions!

Raising a Thinking Child

St. Francis de Sales Parish Church

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Raising a Thinking Child Brochure – St Francis 
200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Raising a Thinking Child Brochure Spanish St. Francis Parish

Mondays, September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 10, 17, & 24; 9-10:30 a.m.
St. Francis de Sales Parish Church, Jonah Room, 148 W. Main St., Lake Geneva, WI
Cost: $25 per family

Central-Denison Elementary School

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Raising a Thinking Child Brochure – Central Denison
200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Raising a Thinking Child Brochure Spanish Central Denison School

Thursdays, October 2-November 20; 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Central-Denison Elementary School, 900 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva, WI
Cost: $10/district family, $25/out-of-district family

If you are a parent of a 4-7 year-old and your child has experienced temper tantrums, difficulty making or keeping friends, impatience or interrupting, and/or not listening, then the Raising a Thinking Child workshop may be just right for you! This evidence-based workshop series will help you guide your child to solve common, everyday problems by communicating with your child. Participants will learn to give their children skills to solve their own problems and think about the consequences through fun games. They will also learn how to help kids care about and understand their own and others’ feelings

This program is facilitated by Jenny Wehmeier, Walworth County UW-Extension Family Living Educator. It is a refreshingly practical curriculum that helps you help your child learn how to think, not what to think. Through 8 weekly classes, along with interactive, fun activities for you and your child to do at home, you will learn ways to help your child think in new problem-solving ways.

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Sensational Soups 

Monday, October 27; 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Genoa City American Legion, 114 Freeman Street, Genoa City, WI 

What is the difference between bisque, bouillabaisse, and borscht? Whether you are a soup connoisseur or a beginner, join us for an informational workshop covering how soup is part of a healthy diet, soup-making tips, and how to create tasty soups. Samples of several recipes will be provided. Presented by your Walworth County UW-Extension Family Living Educator, Jenny Wehmeier. There is no fee; however, registration is required to ensure enough samples for all! (Space is limited to 30 participants.) Deadline for registration is October 23rd or when class is full. This event is sponsored by the Genoa City Library Friends.


Community Garden Information

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 2014 Fall Plant Care Workshops

September 18 – Dividing Perennials

Fall is a great time to divide perennials. This is a hands-on workshop designed to learn and practice dividing common perennials. We will explore the ways to tell a plant needs dividing and best practices for overall plant health. Please bring along gloves and wear closed toe shoes.  

September 25 – Tree & Shrub Pruning Workshop

The focus of this workshop is to learn why, when, what, and how to prune common landscape shrubs and trees. Discover the art and science behind pruning and the effects that pruning has on your plants. Find out how to properly care for pruning tools, pruning tool safety, and methods for keeping your tools clean. From basic pruning techniques to advanced tips on pruning, this workshop is a sure way to improve your pruning skills. Please dress for the weather! We will be outside for hands-on learning for the second half of the workshop, rain or shine! Participants must bring their own pruning tools & gloves! Pruning tools will not be supplied. Tools you may choose to bring: Hand pruners, Loppers, Folding handsaw, Gloves

Both workshops will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Room 214 of the Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn 
Cost: $5 per class 


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