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 email 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. Total cost per school during the 2014-2015 academic year, for a full NEEP contract, is $10,000. The school covers $4320. $5680 is subsidized. A sponsor can match the investment with $5,000.  Contact our Corporate Relations Manager Lianna Bishop at (414) 964-8505, 136, or This email 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*:

Caterpillar Foundation
CH2M Hill
Colectivo Coffee
Delta Dental of Wisconsin
Harley-Davidson Foundation, Inc.
Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation, Inc.
JPMorgan Chase Bank
KEEN, Inc.
New Belgium Brewing Company
Opus Foundation
Potawatomi Bingo Casino
Rockwell Automation
Runzheimer International
Wave of Hope
Weiss Family Foundation

*Last updated 7/18/14

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