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Starting Wednesday November 11, 2020 and continuing through Thursday December 31, 2020: 

  • Public access to Door County buildings and facilities will be restricted. 
  • Access to Door County departments will be limited to by appointment-only. Visitors must follow all required health and safety measures. This includes physical distancing (keep 6 feet distance between yourself and others) and wearing face coverings (cover your mouth and nose with a mask).
  • Staff tele-work options will be expanded.

Staff will be available by phone and email. 


Extension Door County
University of Wisconsin-Madison
County Government Center
421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: 920-746-2260 / Fax: 920-746-2531
Office Hours:  M-F 8 am to 4:30 pm

NOTICE:   Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and guidelines from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UW-Madison, and federal agencies, our office will have limited availability and access. Our staff are working remotely and many of our events have been postponed or being offered virtually. Call 920-746-2260 for more information. For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  




GRIEF, LOSS, AND NEW TRADITIONS DURING THE HOLIDAYS    more information and registration …   

  • Thursday, December 10, 7:00-8:00 pm

Registration required.  After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail with more information on joining the meeting.

Feelings of grief and loss can be particularly strong around the holidays.  The drastic changes to our routine, traditions, and way of life we’ve experienced due to Covd-19 adds in another layer to grief and loss.  In this interactive, virtual presentation, you’ll learn about common reactions to grief and loss, how to identify and draw upon your sources of strength to better cope, resources to support you and those you care about, and ways to create new and meaningful traditions.


Intended for persons requiring certification or re-certification in order to apply restricted-use pesticides.  A private applicator is a person applying pesticides to produce an agricultural product (including forestry, nursery or greenhouse) on land owned or rented by the person or the person’s employer. Required for private applicators who apply restricted use pesticides. Examples of private applicators include a farmer applying pesticides to his crops on his owned or rented land or an employee of that farmer doing the same; greenhouse or nursery workers making pesticide applications on the land or in the greenhouses of their employer.

UPDATE — 11/30/20

Due to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is extending current pesticide applicator certifications until December 31, 2021. Private and commercial pesticide applicators with certifications that expire January 31, 2020-November 30, 2021, can continue to operate as a certified pesticide applicator until December 31, 2021.
If you are not sure when your certification expires, please call or visit this website.

If you live in Door County and have questions, call 920-746-2260.


Farmers who need to get certified to apply pesticides will have an online option for their pesticide safety training. People can do the online training instead of attending an in-person training at their local County Extension office. Attending this online training from the comfort of your home will be like going to a training session in person. You will need a computer and a good internet connection. The online training will present the same information as the County Extension in-person training.

  • You will, however, still need to take the certification exam in person at an Extension office. But the required passing grade for the exam will be the same as if you attended an in-person training session. People who choose to self-study, and not do either an in-person or online training session, need a higher grade to pass the exam.
  • The online training sessions are scheduled for the first two weeks of every month from December 2020 to May 2021 (the 1st to the 14th of the month).
  • When you register for one of the sessions, you can take the training at any time during that two-week period. Please block approximately 4 hours to complete the training.  Attendance is mandatory, meaning once you start the training you will have to complete it in one session. Two 15-minute breaks are built into the training. To assure attendance, code words are provided in the training that you must enter at the end to be marked as complete. You will be emailed a link and password to the training to get access.
  • Certification exams will take place at your County Extension office. If your Extension office is not offering the test due to COVID-19 restrictions, contact a neighboring county. Once you complete the online training you will be emailed a receipt of completion that you must show to the County Extension exam proctor when you take the exam. The code words must be correct to take advantage of the reduced grade, otherwise you will be marked as a self-study test.
  • To attend the training, you must purchase the latest training manual either from your County Extension Office or the UW Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) Program then register separately for the online training at the UW PAT Store. Online training costs $10.00. To register, go to the UW PAT Store.  Select General Farming 100/101.



One of the first steps to having a successful lawn or garden is having your soil tested. A soil test provides more information about the nutrient status of your soil, pH level, organic matter content and texture. The test report also suggests various soil management practices to improve the fertility of the soil for a given crop. 

Follow these steps to properly submit your soil sample:

  • Request a “soil sample kit” from AgSource Laboratories.   Follow the directions to test and mail your sample to the lab.
  • Properly sample your soil; a total of 1-2 cups of soil is required for testing. More information on soil testing.
  • You may visit us at the Extension Office to drop off your soil.  We are located on the second floor of the Government Center on Nebraska Street.  Our office hours are: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm.  Please call before you come in to make sure someone is available to take your sample.
  • Cost per sample depends on which test(s) you want the lab to perform.  Soil sample submission form
  • If you have questions, please call 920-746-2260.





RESOURCES – Dealing with the effects of Covid-19






Master Gardening is for everyone.  In Wisconsin, Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who aid University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension county staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment. This site can help you learn about becoming a Master Gardener, find information about horticultural topics, and connect to the statewide network of Master Gardener associations.


For information on the training class, please visit the Door County MG website:  http://www.dcmga.org/become-a-mg.html

Learn more about:
Master Gardener Program in Wisconsin
Door County Master Gardeners



Phone:  920-743-5406