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Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Candlelight Walk and Candlelight Walk for Kids on Saturday, December 16

Experience the serenity of the nighttime forest in the heart of the city, spend some time in the outdoors with us.

Candlelight Walk and Candlelight Walk for Kids are yearly traditions of honoring the longest night of the year. 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. Back at the Center warm yourself by the fire as you enjoy music, snacks and hot cider.

 

Candlelight Walk for adults and teens.

Saturday, Decemember 16 | Riverside Park
Walks begin at 7pm and continue every fifteen minutes (last walk leaves at 8:30pm)
$5 (Nonmembers - $10) | Registration for specific walk times is required.

Register for your Candlelight Walk start time below

Candlelight Walk for Kids

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

Saturday, Decemember 16 | Riverside Park
Walks begin at 4:30pm and continue every fifteen minutes (last walk leaves at 5:45pm)
Adults: $5 (Nonmembers - $7) Children: $3 (Nonmembers - $5)
Registration for specific walk times is required.

Register for your Candlelight Walk for Kids start time below

Iceland’s scenery is breathtaking – the result of glacial and volcanic processes. The country has a unique social and political history and its location just below the Arctic Circle will likely result in large impacts from climate change over the coming years.

Gooafoss AEvar Guomundsson
Goðafoss, the "waterfall of the gods," just one of the extraordinary stops on our Eco-travel trip to Iceland! Photo: Ævar Guðmundsson

Dimmuborgir Sander Hoogendoorn
The lava fields of Dimmuborgir make for an otherworldly landscape. Photo: Sander Hoogendoorn

When

August 23 – September 1, 2018 (10 days, 9 nights)

Highlights

  • 3 hour whale watching cruise from Húsavík
  • Climbing an extinct volcanic crater
  • Waterfalls exploration including Hraunfossar, which drains from under vast lava fields into the river Hvítá, Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Gullfoss, a beautiful double waterfall and Goðafoss, "the waterfall of the gods"
  • Visiting Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier
  • Touring amazing geothermal sites including geysers, lava fields and hot springs.
  • Boat ride among the floating icebergs on the glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón.
  • Discover thousands of years of Nordic history

Cost

$5975.00 plus airfare (double occupancy)

This trip is already filled! If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Tim Vargo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (414) 964-8505 

Dettifoss Neil DCruze
The glacier-fed Dettifoss, in Vatnajökull National Park, is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe! Photo: Neil D'Cruze

 


The Urban Ecology Center Eco-travel program offers a unique way to explore local and international destinations while exploring issues around sustainability. Your participation supports the Urban Ecology Center’s mission.

With the largest percentage of protected areas of any country and plans to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021, the New Economics Foundation rated Costa Rica as the greenest country in the world. We’ll explore the amazing natural areas and biodiversity that bring visitors from around the world, while also looking into social and economic forces that contribute to some of the best examples of sustainability on a national level.

caiman tortuguero park Global Water Forum
Traveling the canals of Tortuguero National Park. Can you spot the caiman in this shot? Photo: Global Water Forum

sunbittern Tapanti Park Kathy Sam
See sunbitterns like this in Tapanti National Park. Photo: Kathy & Sam

When

January 31 – February 11, 2018 (12 days, 11 nights)

Highlights

  • Tortuguero National Park, a unique area where the primary avenues of exploring are the many naturally-formed canals through primary rainforest. This area was preserved primarily to protect sea turtles and jaguars.
  • Orosi, one of the few colonial cities that have preserved Spanish architecture from the 16- and 1700’s.
  • Tapanti National Park, home of Baird’s tapir, jaguarondi, kinkajou, monkeys and 400+ species of birds.
  • Opportunities to go whitewater rafting and snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean – but if that is too adventurous – relaxing in volcanic hot springs!

Cost

$2625.00 plus airfare (double occupancy)

If you are interested in this trip, have questions, or would like more information, please contact Tim Vargo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (414) 964-8505 or attend a free information session with Carlos Chavarría, Director of Costa Rica Rainforest Experience and former Director of Tirimbina Rain Forest on Monday, October 30th at 6pm at the Riverside Park branch.

Carlos Chavarría will give a preview of the Urban Ecology Center's trip to Costa Rica. We’ll explore the amazing natural areas and biodiversity that bring visitors from around the world, while also looking into social and economic forces that contribute to some of the best examples of sustainability on a national level.


Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi WJ
The Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi (built in 1743) in the Orosi Valley of Costa Rica. Photo: W & J

 

The Urban Ecology Center Eco-travel program offers a unique way to explore local and international destinations while exploring issues around sustainability. Your participation supports the Urban Ecology Center’s mission.

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Monday, November 20th

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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