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  • What We Do


    The nationally recognized Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP)’s innovative approach to environmental education offers a unique opportunity for you to supplement your science curricula.  With NEEP, schools partner with the Urban Ecology Center for an entire year, transforming the experience from just another field trip to a permanent outdoor classroom where you can reinforce science concepts taught in class with hands-on outdoor activities during multiple visits.

    Our science-based programs range from basic wildlife and ecology studies, to the physics of sound and light, to simple machines, to energy, to recycling.  At a time when physical education programs are being cut, the Center also offers valuable kinesthetic learning opportunities, including rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, snow shoeing and ice skating.  Our custom designed programs meet the needs and desires of the teachers and school districts.

    For more information

    To find out more about why the Urban Ecology Center is more than just a field trip site, contact Beth Heller, Director of Education, (414) 964-8505, x103 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    National Recognition for NEEP

    The National Environmental Education Advancement Project selected the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project as one of the most unique and effective programs in the state, inviting us to share our model with five different urban regions in Wisconsin.

    Environmental Education Sponsorship Opportunities

    The Urban Ecology Center relies on community sponsors to help provide terrific programming to schools. The total cost per school for our Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP) is $9,200, $4,200 of which is covered by the school. A sponsor can match the investment with $5,000.  Contact our Corporate Relations Manager Lianna Bishop at (414) 964-8505, 136, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , if you or your organization would like to become a NEEP sponsor.  Click here for more information on recognition and sponsor benefits.  

    For the 2013-2014 year, the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP) is supported by*:

    BMO Harris Bank
    The Caterpillar Foundation
    CH2M Hill - Milwaukee Office
    Harley-Davidson Foundation, Inc.
    JPMorgan Chase Bank
    KEEN, Inc.
    Potawatomi Bingo Casino Miracle on Canal Street
    Rockwell Automation
    Runzheimer International

    *Last updated 3/14/14

  • 1500 E. Park Pl

    Milwaukee, WI 53211

    (414) 964-8505

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    Monday - Thursday

    9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    Friday & Saturday

    9 am - 5 pm


    Noon - 5 p.m.

    1859 N. 40th St.

    Milwaukee, WI 53208

    (414) 344-5460

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    Noon - 6pm


    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    3700 W Pierce St

    Milwaukee, WI 53215

    (414) 431-2940

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    Tuesday - Friday

    Noon - 7 pm


    9 am - 5 pm