About CNRED (Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development)

Backed by University of Wisconsin research, our Community Development Educators work in partnership with people in county, state, federal and tribal governments, community organizations, volunteers, business and industry. Our outreach programs, research and assistance involve people, communities and organizations in educational experiences that teach them to apply the latest knowledge and technology to local issues and concerns.

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Centers and Programs Focus on Local Concerns

Our educators collaborate with communities, bringing skills and expertise to address local issues. CNRED educational programs support community based needs, including:

  • Community Development
  • Economic development
  • Local leadership training
  • Public policy issues
  • Natural resources education
  • Land-use planning
  • Shared decision-making and consensus building
  • Access to information technologies


CNRED Programs are a Great Public Investment

Community Development Educators work with partners to coordinate services and programs and share resources and expertise, making public programs not only more cost-efficient, but more effective. CNRED programs are an excellent public investment in initiatives that are important to communities. Through their efforts, Community Development Educators strengthen the community’s capacity to meet pressing needs, with the end result being a better quality of life for Wisconsin residents.

What People Say About Us

  • Our UW-Extension Community Resource Development agent in Waushara County is always able to help with whatever piece of info you need or to tackle a topic that lake/water groups want more help/information about.”

    –Waushara County resident


  • In partnership with UW-Extension, we launched “Reducing Non-point Source Pollution One Lawn at a Time.” The program would not have been possible without the support of UW-Extension and was a testimonial to what UW-Extension is all about: Bringing the resources of the University to benefit our local community and our lake.”

    —Stephanie Prellwitz, Executive Director of the Green Lake Association