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Written by Urban Ecology Center
Monday, 25 April 2016
The final "R" in our Milwauke Earth Month eco-tips is "recycle!" You've already learned how to refuse, reduce, reuse and repurpose. Now the final step is to recycle what's leftover! Recycling is an important final step and is easy to do, and this week's tips will help you become a better recycler. Make sure you share this new knowledge with friends and family!
Written by Brittany Peters
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Pat Mueller and Roger Coleman are two of the most familiar faces at the Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center, each one sharing a history with the Center that goes back nearly two decades and an appreciation that persists to this day. You’ll find Pat volunteering behind the reception desk every Thursday morning and Roger back in the office 5 days a week completing his Volunteer Program internship. They met with us at Riverside Park one afternoon to tell us their thoughts on nurturing, growth, and taking care of what you have.
Written by MaryBeth Kressin
Monday, 18 April 2016
Baby showers and birthday parties and weddings – oh my! When the education classes wrap up and our public programs are done, the second life of our classrooms and branches emerges. Retirement parties, memorial celebrations, bridal showers, company retreats and more! Our spaces get used all over again – a repurposing of space if you will – with our facility rental program.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Monday, 18 April 2016
Repurposing items is one of the most fun ways to be more environmentally friendly and can also cure boredom. All you need is items you no longer need or use and a little creativity. You’re only limited by how creative you can be! Before you recycle or throw something away, see if you can think of a way it could be used for something different. You might be surprised at the ideas you come up with and you'll end up making something that is one-of-a-kind!
Written by Brittany Peters
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Steve & Barb Weinstein have lived in the Riverside Park neighborhood since 1978. Steve bikes the Oak Leaf Trail every day, at times stopping to rest and take in the sounds of children playing in the park. He strolled into Riverside Park one evening after work and told me about his history with the Center; thinking back to when this building was nothing but a dream and his daughter was too young to work, he spoke of the Center’s growth with a strong sense of pride and a hint of nostalgia.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Monday, 11 April 2016
This week is about reusing! Our tips will give you ideas about how to reuse things instead of recycling or throwing them away after one use. Reusing something is an easy way to reduce the amount of items you need to buy and the amount of waste you produce.
Written by Guest Blogger
Monday, 04 April 2016
As our art exhibits enter their tenth year, Sally Duback, one of the founding members of our arts committee offers this reflection about the beginning and growth of the program. Ten years ago, UEC board member Danni Gendelman convinced the board that it would be a good idea to host nature-related art exhibitions in the community room. In order to make this happen, she pulled together a small committee of Milwaukee area artists/arts professionals Barbara Manger, Sally Duback and Leon Travanti; and discussions began among them about how this could work.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Monday, 04 April 2016
This week’s Milwaukee Earth Month theme is reduce. Our first set of tips were ways to refuse things you don't really need. The next step is to reduce the amount of resources you use. Reducing the amount of electricity, water and gas you use daily can have a big impact on your environmental footprint and your wallet. We've complied 7 things you can easily incorporate into your daily routine that will help you save money and start good eco-friendly habits.
Written by Brittany Peters
Thursday, 31 March 2016
Michelle Young is an MPS teacher and proud mother of two extremely bright girls, Jada & Kennedy. She’s been nominated for Teacher of the Year for the past 3 years, but has yet to accept the award: “When you teach from the heart, you don’t get your validation from adults; you get it from the kids." Her family signed up for membership soon after Jada and Kennedy joined the Young Scientists Club in 2010/2011, and they’ve been actively involved in our educational programming ever since. She met Davita and me at Washington Park to tell us about her profound appreciation for what she’s learned here and how it shaped her life and career.
Written by Ken Leinbach
Thursday, 31 March 2016
It was the best “wild ice” for skating that I have found in years. A vast expanse of smooth-as-glass clear ice made not by a Zamboni, but by Mother Nature herself. And perhaps the biggest surprise of all? This “secret gem” wasn’t some hidden lake up state, but it was right here, in the shadow of the US Bank building downtown. I’ve been here over 20 years now and I still keep finding the unexpected. This is why I LOVE living in Milwaukee.

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