At the Urban Ecology Center, we get people of all ages outside and active every single day! We foster ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood. Read more about us here!
In 2016, over 9,000 people attended events hosted by renters at our three branches. From weddings to meetings, we offer 14 eco-friendly spaces and many amenities that are perfect for small to fairly large groups.
More importantly, by holding an event at the Urban Ecology Center, you are helping a child to get out into nature. You are helping an adult canoe for the first time and a teen teach kids how to grow a garden.
Thank you for taking the time to delve into the resources mentioned in Urban Ecology. We hope you find them helpful and inspiring as you contemplate how you can transform your community.
Below is a list of resources that were mentioned in the book (more to come). If you would like future updates of resources and workshops that we may have, please fill out the form found here. Also, let us know what topics interested you the most.
Watch the video below to learn the spark of understanding that led to the creation of the UEC
Birch Bark quotes
Looking for some inspiration? Just click on the birch bark images below to view a larger image and to download one (or more!).
We'd like to thank Melanie Ariens for her help with this project.
The Urban Ecology Center transforms kids, parks, cities and the world with your support. As a privately-funded nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of our members and donors to achieve our mission. Please consider a gift of support to the Urban Ecology Center.
Below is a short synopsis of the book. Click here if you'd like to learn the story behind it.
We are excited to share that the Urban Ecology Center's new book is now available! It's called Urban Ecology: a Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World and the author is our Executive Director, Ken Leinbach.
The book shares the story of the beginning of the Urban Ecology Center and our growth into three vibrant Milwaukee branches. It includes our lessons learned along the way such as how to find abundance in our community, the power of prototypes, and how to raise money.
Winterfest was again a success! Even without snow! During this annual free family festival hosted in Washington Park, the community enjoyed arts, crafts, guided nature walks, and even sled dogs from Door County Sled Dogs. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of our sponsor, Joy Global.
The bitter cold of Milwaukee winters makes it difficult for many to stay active and have any interest in leaving the house to enjoy the outdoors.
Since I joined the Outdoor Leader program at the Urban Ecology Center this summer, I've come to understand that this place can make it possible to have fun outdoors in any weather. I have never considered myself to be a 'winter person,' often opting to stay cuddled up in a blanket on the couch once the temperature drops below 20 degrees.
When I first walked through the doors of the Urban Ecology Center as a new educator for the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP), I was struck by how much life surrounds the Center. I’m sure you’ve noticed it too. All of it; the land, the animals, the children and the community that make the Urban Ecology Center such a vibrant hub of activity, is because of you. Thank you!
While Else Ankel humbly underplayed her influence on the Urban Ecology Center, she is often referred to as the founder. Today we acknowledge her life with gratitude and our hearts go out to her family and friends as we mourn her passing.
Environmental education is at the core of our mission. The main way we accomplish this during the school year is our Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP). Through NEEP our partner schools send students to our branches for hands on science and environmental lessons.
We’re educating the next generation of environmental leaders. Plus, they have so much fun they don’t realize how much they’re learning!
Every summer we hire a new batch of interns and every summer we impressed with their ability to teach us new things about the Center. This year we had two Visitor Services Interns whose stories really reminded us of how the simple act of welcoming someone can make a big difference in their life.
The Urban Ecology Center hosted our second annual benefit hike, HKE MKE, on Sunday, September 18 and it was a beautiful day for the 2.5 mile hike! Over 400 people of all ages enjoyed the hike along the Milwaukee River Corridor and the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum, participating in interactive stops along the way.