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Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:12

Canoe and Kayak Shuttle Service

Want to enjoy an afternoon paddle without the hassle of staging cars and hauling equipment? Our Canoe and Kayak Shuttle Service provides flexible launch and pickup options, complete gear outfitting, and the assistance of our knowledgeable staff – everything you need to have a fun, convenient excursion on the Milwaukee River!

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How does it work?

Available to contributing members of the Center who have passed our free water safety course, the Canoe and Kayak Shuttle Service lets you create a customized Friday or Saturday outing by selecting from our available options.

  1. First, register and reserve your desired watercraft from the available dates.
  2. Once you've registered, contact Lesley, our Community Programs Coordinator at (414) 964-8505 to schedule your launch and return times.

    Launch: All Canoe and Kayak Shuttle Service excursions launch from the Milwaukee Rowing Club Boathouse (1990 E North Commerce St), and your launch time must be scheduled between 10 am and noon on the day of your reservation.

    Return: Paddle a bit or paddle a bunch – it's up to you! Tailor your outing by choosing a return time from the following three options:
    • Return to the Rowing Club Boathouse between 2 - 2:30 pm.
    • Be picked up from the public dock near Riverfront Pizzeria between 3 - 3:30 pm and returned to the Boathouse.
    • Return to the Rowing Club Boathouse between 4 - 4:30 pm.
    Learn more about which option is best for you!
  3. Arrive on the day of your reservation at your scheduled launch time and the Urban Ecology Center staff will get you geared up and assist you in launching your boat.
  4. Enjoy paddling the Milwaukee River!

What does it cost?

The Canoe and Kayak Shuttle Service is $15 dollars per boat.

What's included?

  • Canoe or kayak
  • Paddles
  • PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices)
  • Dock rope
  • All equipment staged and ready to launch
  • All equipment stowed upon your return
  • A ride back to the Boathouse if that option is selected
  • The assistance of an Urban Ecology Center staff person to help you with your boat, and answer any questions you might have about the route.

How long is the paddle?

From the Rowing Club Boathouse to the public dock is about 2.5 miles. Paddling this distance non-stop at a leisurely pace will take most people about 1.5 - 2 hours. But you may want to stop along the way at one of the many riverside restaurants, or take a mid-paddle break and stretch your legs at Pere-Marquette Park.

To paddle at a leisurely pace from the Boathouse to the harbor and back to the Boathouse is about 5 miles, and will take most people about 4 - 5 hours if you stop to eat, and a bit less if you don’t.

What happens if I miss my return/pickup time?

The Urban Ecology Center staff running the shuttle will give you a phone number to call if you need assistance on the day of your paddle. Anytime during your paddle you can call to switch your desired return option. If you miss the last return time, we will still pick you up, but you will be assessed a $25 special pick-up fee.

What if there's inclement weather on the day of my reservation?

If there is moderate to heavy precipitation, high winds, or temperatures lower than 60 degrees on the day of your shuttle reservation, an Urban Ecology Center staff person will call you to cancel the shuttle for the day. You will receive a full refund if the shuttle is cancelled due to weather.

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.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:00

Winterfest Returns to Washington Park!

Winter took its time getting here this year, but it definitely showed up ready to go! In a matter of days, Washington Park became covered in beautiful snow, and things are lining up beautifully for our annual Winterfest!

Thursday, 12 November 2015 00:00

2015 Candlelight Walk

Our Candlelight Walk and Candlelight Walk for Kids on Saturday, December 19th, are dedicated to enjoying the quiet solace of a winter’s evening on one of the longest nights of the year.

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Take a guided stroll down the luminary-lit paths of the Milwaukee Centennial Rotary Arboretum and enjoy stops along the way for readings of seasonal poetry and prose as you experience the serenity of the nighttime forest in the heart of the city. Back at the Center warm yourself by the fire as you enjoy snacks and hot cider as well as live music from Toco Rio, playing a mix of jazz, Brazilian, and seasonal tunes.

Price: $5 ($10 for nonmembers)

Walks begin at 7 and continue every fifteen minutes through 9 o'clock, with no registration necessary.

Our Candlelight Walk for Kids offers earlier start times, kid-friendly readings and stories, shorter routes for littler legs, and of course hot chocolate and snacks back at the Center!

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Walks begin at 4:30 and leave every fifteen minutes, with the last kids' walk leaving at 6. New this year, participants can register below to reserve a spot on the walk time of their choice.

This special evening is an Urban Ecology Center tradition. Spend it with us as we enjoy the gentleness of our longest nights and celebrate the increasing daylight still to come.

Price: Adults: $5 ($7 for nonmembers) Children: $3 ($5 for nonmembers)

Candlelight Walk for Kids - Register for your preferred start time!

 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00

Best Kept Secret

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
- Benjamin Franklin

The Washington Park community is calling for YOU! Tell a friend, a co-worker, a relative, or an organization. Tell everyone, at the top of your lungs. Tell someone about the great partnership opportunities at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park.

Recently we have been partnering with more and more youth-serving agencies, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee for example, across the entire city and have really enjoyed the opportunity to actively work with and teach our young people about the environment and being responsible stewards. The challenge has been and will continue to be fun and rewarding.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00

2015 Enchanted Forest

Thanks to enthusiastic interest all walks on our Enchanted Forest event have filled and registration is closed. For a less whimsical but no less fun look at Riverside Park at night, consider our Park After Dark event: this educational program explores the nocturnal life of the park and finishes with a campfire and treats.

Our Enchanted Forest event features the best nightlife in Milwaukee! Kids and their grown-ups will enjoy a guided nighttime walk through Riverside Park and encounter costumed characters along the way. "Uprooted" is this year's theme, and participants will learn fascinating facts about plants taught by the trees themselves!

Back at the Center kids can join in games, crafts, and an indoor forest scavenger hunt, while everyone can refresh themselves with some snacks.

Walks begin at 5:30 pm and leave about every 20 minutes. The last walk leaves at 7:20 pm. New this year, participants can register to reserve a spot on the walk time of their choice.

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Thanks to enthusiastic interest all walks on our Enchanted Forest event have filled and registration is closed. For a less whimsical but no less fun look at Riverside Park at night, consider our Park After Dark event: this educational program explores the nocturnal life of the park and finishes with a campfire and treats.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

The Center That Never Rests

My first month as an Urban Ecology Center intern is in the books, and while I already feel totally at home here, I still have a lot to learn about the everyday happenings at the Center.

Last week there was a brief lull in activity for myself and the other interns; our official training sessions had ended, and most of the interns were working on refining their lesson plans for the coming Summer Camps they would be assisting with. I used the quiet week to explore some of the activities that happen at the Center every day, all year long.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

Connecting Through Stories

As a child I loved visiting other people’s houses, because visiting a different house seemed like an adventure. Maybe they would have a secret passageway. Maybe they would have a tree house or maybe a fireman’s pole. Maybe they would have a pony, or maybe they had a magic key that I would find! The possibilities seemed as endless as my imagination. I could make myself into a character of a new story with each new setting.

The awareness of these memories are at the front of mind when my nieces come to visit. I have two nieces, Macy and Ella: ages five and two, respectively. I think our house still seems like uncharted territory to them, where mystery and magic can still be discovered and I am happy to play along.

Last time they visited they walked in the door, took off their coats, and Macy said, “Can we go play on your bed? We can pretend you have a magic bed!” Why, of course! As we huddled under the blankets they said, “now you tell us stories.” So, I made up a story about a magic pond with golden water and a pink frog. Admittedly it was not my best story, yet they were captivated.

Stories, what remarkable things they are; they entertain us, they transform us, they transport us and they connect us. They have been woven into the fabric of history and of our lives. Children ask for stories and seek out a good storyteller while most adults happen upon them as a pleasant interruption in their busy lives.

Regardless of age or how we hear them, experiencing a good story is like a tasty treat to enjoy and savor and get lost in for a time. We would like to fill the Center with stories from the Urban Ecology Center community, so this year we are trying something new: a storytelling event. You are our community and family who have come through our doors for ten years and through the park for many more. You are the people who have helped to create the Center’s sense of place. You are the characters of the stories that take place at the Center and in the park and you have stories to tell. We are calling teen and adult storytellers (practiced and

novice) and story listeners to come together for an evening to connect through stories.

So whether you would like to tell stories or listen to stories, please join us on March 19th. For more information about the event and how to submit a story, visit urbanecologycenter.org/storytelling.

Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00

Cross Country Skiing By Candlelight

Here at the Urban Ecology Center, we love to celebrate different events, activities and programs offered throughout the year. To celebrate winter, we hosted several great outdoor programs, including excursions to Lapham Peak for cross country skiiing by candlelight. Not only were we excited about this program, but the attendees seemed to have a blast as well. One attendee, Dan, is a contributing member here at the Center who recently wrote a guest blog that reflects on his experience at this program. Read on to hear why Dan enjoyed this program due to its built-in sense of camaraderie.

Here at the Urban Ecology Center, we love to celebrate different events, activities and programs offered throughout the year. Back in November, we hosted our first ever Bluegrass Pie Swap, where attendees made and brought two pies: one to share and sample with the group, and one to swap with someone else to take home and enjoy. Not only were we excited about this program, but the attendees seemed to have a blast as well. One attendee, Shan, is a pie-enthusiast who recently wrote a guest blog that reflects on his experience at this program. Shan brought sweet potato pecan pie, which was voted fan favorite at the event! Read on to hear how Shan enjoyed this event due to the pie-loving sense of camaraderie, and enjoy Shan's very own pie recipe!

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