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Early Morning Bird Walks (Washington Park)
Washington Park

Wednesday, April 23rd

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Work Outside Wednesdays (Menomonee Valley)
Menomonee Valley

Wednesday, April 23rd

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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More... Celebrate Our Planet All Month Long!    

We have too much enthusiasm for just one day, so we’re declaring April to be Earth Month! Each of our branches have special Earth Month themed programs, and we'll have an Earth Day of Service on the 26th!

More... The Birds Are Back In Town!    

The birds of spring are coming back, and so is the Green Birding Challenge! Gather your friends for the Center's unique team-based, fossil-free birding fundraiser.

More... Warm Weather and Wonder Are On Their Way!    

A season of discovery and fun await your kids at Summer Camp. Early registration has started but Camps fill up fast. Secure their spot and sign up now!

More... ¡Bienvenido!    

Si usted habla español y quiere más información acerca de los programas y eventos, visítenos en nuestro centro en Menomonee Valley o llámenos al (414) 431-2940. La mayoría del personal en Menomonee Valley le puede asistir en español.

More... Our Mission    

The Urban Ecology Center fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood.  

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    • Earth Day? Earth Month!
      Written by Beth Heller
      Tuesday, March 04 2014
      Earth Day? Earth Month!

      For 44 years Earth Day has been celebrated around the world on April 22nd as a day to protect, steward and learn about the earth. It’s one of our favorite holidays at the Urban Ecology Center, but we always have too much earth-celebrating enthusiasm for one day. It has caused a bit of a dilemma for us — do we spend the day educating others about our fascinating planet or plan a day of service so you can dig into the dirt? Do we create programs about water or take you out in a canoe to experience it? We want to do it all and one 24-hour day is just not enough. So, we’re declaring April to be Earth Month at the Urban Ecology Center!

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    • Oh What Changes We Have Seen!
      Written by Guest Blogger
      Thursday, April 17 2014
      Oh What Changes We Have Seen!

      Once upon a time there was a ‘double wide’ parked under a tree in a corner of Riverside Park near the high school.  It was an ‘office’ and classroom meeting space.  What was it called? “Riverside Urban Ecology Center” and it housed a staff of 1 and ½, both part time.   A board made up of highly dedicated community people had been working toward the goal of establishing such a center and called on the science staff at the high school to be among the first consultants.

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    • Say Hello to the Junco!
      Written by Anne Reis
      Wednesday, April 16 2014
      Say Hello to the Junco!

      The Galapagos Finches were crucial to Darwin’s understanding of natural selection and evolution, but did you know that evolutionary scientists have been studying a more common and locally distributed species for over a century? Learn more about the extraordinary importance of this ordinary bird as we screen the film Ordinary Extraordinary Junco.

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