Centers and Programs

Center for Community and Economic Development

The Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) has a long tradition of supporting the needs of Wisconsin citizens to enhance the quality of their lives and to put in place contemporary and sustainable economic development solutions.

Environmental Resources Center

The Environmental Resources Center (ERC) offers state-of-the-art applied research, communication and education focused on the “human dimensions” of environmental issues.

Center for Land Use Education

The Center for Land Use Education (CLUE) creates learning opportunities for communities to help them make sound land use decisions that result in a sustainable Wisconsin. CLUE houses the UW-Extension Lakes program which is part of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership.

Local Government Center

Provides focus, coordination, and leadership to UW System educational programs for local government, conducts and coordinates educational programming, and expands the research and knowledge base for local government education.

Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve System (LSNERR)

The LSNERR is located on the St. Louis Estuary in Superior, Wisconsin. It is led by Cooperative Extension and many partners with support from NOAA. It conducts research, educational programs, and management activities addressing estuary and coastal Great Lakes resource issues.

Center for Watershed Science & Education

This Center helps citizens and communities by conducting programs in drinking water testing and safety; groundwater quality and sustainability; lake, stream and watershed health; professional education; and water resources research.  The CWSE is also home to the Central Wisconsin Groundwater Center.

UW-Extension Lakes

UW-Extension Lakes is part of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership. The partnership helps protect state waters and supports stewardship of Wisconsin lakes.

Natural Resource Education

A team of Natural Resource Educators located across the state who provide local and statewide education, training, and technical support for environmental and natural resource issues. Natural Resource Educators list

Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education

Fosters universal environmental and social responsibility through the development, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of sustainability and environmental education programs in pK-12 schools and communities.


Campus Based Programs

Forest & Wildlife Ecology

Provides science-based research, instruction, and extension that supports forest and wildlife conservation and management in an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable fashion.

Community and Environmental Sociology

Sociology is the study of human social behavior. Rural Sociology is the subset of sociological studies which is particularly concerned with rural people and the conditions under which they live and work, and with the natural resource and development issues that are typical of nonmetropolitan regions.


Life Sciences Communication

The Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral education in science communication. Our research, teaching, and outreach focus on both applied and theoretical communication issues. A degree in LSC prepares students for professional and academic careers related to communicating health, environmental, agricultural, and biological sciences in an era of rapid technological change and media convergence.

Urban and Regional Planning

URPL’s Extension function means that faculty and sometimes students are actively engaged in work throughout the state and beyond.  Extension programming in recent years has included research and outreach education on growth management, second home development, land use issues, forest resource policy, watershed planning, waste recycling, and conflict management training for planners and related professionals.