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Hey High Schoolers! We Need Your Help!

Written by Davita Flowers-Shanklin
    Thursday, 03 March 2016
Hey High Schoolers! We Need Your Help!

Looking to get some last minute service hours in before graduation? Want to give back to the community while having a great time? The Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park is the place for you! We are excited to have special opportunities for students who need to fulfill their service hours for graduation.

We are always excited to find new ways to connect high school students to the natural world. It is important to us that students have a place to go that is fun, safe and helps them gain skills that can lead to future success.

Our brand new teen volunteer opportunity at Washington Park is “Fixin’ Facilities.”

At Fixin’ Facilities you’ll help with projects ranging from equipment maintenance to organizing tools and other building needs. Projects for Fixin’ Facilities vary day-by-day based on the size of the group and Center needs. No prior experience with tools required - we will teach you everything you need to know! Having volunteers who are excited to learn new things and help us with projects around the building has a major impact on what we are able to do. This opportunity happens three times a month on the 1st and 4th Saturday from 1-3pm and 3rd Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm.

Other teen volunteer opportunities at Washington Park include:

ROOT (Restoring Our Outdoor Treasures) which meets Wednesdays from 9-11am. ROOT is our most popular volunteer team. It is a chance for people to get outside, learn new skills, help maintain our native plants and habitats and have a lot of fun!

Park Ranger Crew meets every Saturday from 10am-noon. Park Ranger Crew allows volunteers to do a self-guided activity that benefits the park and the Center. If you are more into solo volunteering, this is the opportunity for you! Volunteers walk through the park picking up trash and taking note of any damage or other concerns.

With all our opportunities, you are welcome to come for the full two hours or for just part, whatever works best for you. Come by yourself or bring a couple of your friends. If you have any questions please contact Davita Flowers-Shanklin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (414) 344-5460.

Davita Flowers-Shanklin

Davita Flowers-Shanklin

A Milwaukee Native, Davita’s love for nature came from her time spent in her neighborhood park (Washington Park), the summers spent at camp, and visiting family in the Rocky Mountains. Davita’s dreams spanned from swimming with dolphins as a marine biologist, trekking into the great savannas of Africa as a big cat vet, and breathing in lots of old dust as a Egyptologist. Dreams change, Davita got her B.A. from Macalester College and M.S. from the University of Oregon, both degrees in environmental studies with concentrations in biology, ecological restoration, and environmental justice. She loves to travel and work outside. She has two cats and loves going to the movies.

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