Natural Resources

The environmental challenges of our time, especially access to plentiful, sustainably managed sources of food, water, and energy, require multidisciplinary community thinking and a strong understanding of the human dimensions of resource management. Dane County Extension provides training, educational and facilitative resources to Dane County citizens to address these environmental challenges.  Learn more about our Educator and programs below. 

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Michelle Probst (she/her/ella), Natural Resources Educator

Michelle is a Natural Resources Educator for the UW-Madison Division of Extension in Dane county. In this role, she supports community organizations, committees and departments in navigating complex issues, facilitating challenging conversations, and making informed decisions that protect our environment.

Composting Resources

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Dane County Extension has offered periodic Composter Trainings to provide training for anyone who wishes to teach others about home composting, including backyard composting and vermicomposting.

Education Materials 

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Do you want to share your love of natural resources with others? Well, we have tools for you! The best way to teach about our wonderful natural resources is to have people experience it.

Pollinator Protection

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Pollinators are essential to our environment as an estimated 87% of flowering plants globally rely on pollinators. They help make our ecosystems viable, and provide us with food as 150 food crops in the U.S. depend on pollinators 



Forestry

Oak Savanna Restoration at Indian Lake Park in Dane County

Trees are vital to the health of our community in Dane county–they provide clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, mitigation against climate change, and psychological well-being.

Subject Matter Resources

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A lot of people are not aware of the importance of the quality of their home environment. They live in a house that is deteriorating and are unaware of the hazards they might be exposed to.There are many resources available to you that can help you find out about your home’s air quality, water testing labs, land use, and sustainability.

Staff

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Michelle Probst (she/her/ella), Natural Resources Educator

Michelle is a Natural Resources Educator for UW-Madison Division of Extension in Dane county. In this role, she  supports community organizations, committees and departments in navigating complex issues, facilitate challenging conversations, and making informed decisions that protect our environment.