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Our third branch is open!


It was great! Kids using nets in the river to look for small aquatic animals, families looking for birds from the new Valley bridge, adults creating art, free custard -- the people, the energy, the music, even the weather was perfect for the Grand Opening of our Menomonee Valley Branch. It was wonderful to officially open our doors to our new neighbors and friends. But even more exciting was to help them have real live, hands-on nature experiences in the Menomonee Valley, something we get to do every day!

Nearly 1,000 people were in attendance including community members, volunteers, donors, staff and project partners. See more photos from the event at our Facebook Page.

Thank you to all who joined our celebration. What's next? Well, now you should visit the Center and explore the Menomonee Valley!

Visit! Drop by and introduce yourself.

Our open hours are:
Tuesday – Friday | Noon - 7 p.m.
Saturday | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To help you get to know our new facility, we thought it might be fun to challenge you to a mini-scavenger hunt! See if you can find the following features (there is even a Visitors Guide to help you out!)...

Snake Handle: Which door handle in the building takes the shape of a snake?

Mosaic Mural: Under the direction of artist Leann Wooten, our mosaic was made by neighborhood children, teens and adults.  See if you can find the three moons depicted in the mural, symbolizing our three branches.

Exposed wooden wall: Find the exposed wooden wall from the original exterior of the tavern.  Look for where a former window was filled in, and the name of a lumber company!

Solatubes: Solatube skylight fixtures help us use natural light and dispense it throughout the facility.  See if you can find these innovative light fixtures throughout the building (don’t forget to check the roof!).

Square water containers: Find the post-industrial bulk containers that help us collect rainwater from our roof.

Participate! Visit our calendar to find a list of programs at our Menomonee Valley branch.

Volunteer! Come to our volunteer orientation on Saturday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. – noon to explore the ways you contribute your time and talents. Click here for more info and to register.

Join! The Urban Ecology Center is a membership organization that needs you in order to thrive. And you get some pretty cool things in return. Click here to learn how membership gives you access to our resources found at all three of our branches.

We're looking forward to seeing you at our Menomonee Valley branch!

See more photos from the Grand Opening below and on our Facebook page.

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Forestry Friday

Riverside Park

Friday, October 31st

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Food Fridays

Washington Park

Friday, October 31st

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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