What We Do

Grow Your Own Food

There is nothing like getting your hands dirty in soil and watching a plant grow from a seedling to a mature, fruiting plant. The Urban Ecology Center provides many resources for people who are interested in growing their own food.

Community garden plots

For those of you who like to garden but do not have a yard of your own, we have 35 community garden plots for rent at Riverside Park and 42 raised beds for rent at Menomonee Valley in Three Bridges Park. Gardeners spend the summer gardening alongside their neighbors, lend a helping hand (or green thumb) to each other, share a potluck dinner, and grow spectacular produce!


Worms are wonderful workers – they can turn your garbage into nutrient rich compost for your garden or houseplants. Our vermicomposting workshops will help you get a worm bin started and teach you how to maintain it. House, apartment, or business…vermicomposting can work for everyone. Check our Events Calendar for upcoming vermicomposting workshops.

Swap some plants at a Plant Swap

The Urban Ecology Center has teamed up with Milwaukee Urban Gardens to host an afternoon plant swap. Bring your extra veggie plants to swap with other people in the community in May. Exchange plants, stories, and gardening advice. Check our Events Calendar for details.

Learn to garden

Each spring the Urban Ecology Center offers a number of gardening classes for those who are new to gardening or who are interested in new gardening techniques. Upcoming gardening workshops will be listed on our Events Calendar.

Join the Victory Garden Initiative

Transform your backyard, front yard, rooftop or patio into a food production oasis.  Gardeners, from beginners to experts, support one another on their path to self-sufficient, sustainable and healthy food. Visit the Victory Garden Initiative's website here.

Upcoming Events

Event Listings

Science Sundays: Self-Led Activities

Riverside Park

Sunday, October 4th

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Nature Rangers - Monday Series

Riverside Park

Monday, October 5th

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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