Upcoming Events

Early Morning Birdwalks (Riverside Park)
Riverside Park

Thursday, April 24th

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Burdock Brigade Thursdays (Washington Park)
Washington Park

Thursday, April 24th

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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  • What We Do

    Real Food for Kids/Families

    CALLING ALL KIDS!! The Urban Ecology Center offers fun, hands-on programs about real food throughout the entire year! Kids or families can participate in cooking classes, summer camps, fishing, maple sugaring, gardening and much more. As kids get their hands dirty in a garden, play with their food, and experiment in the kitchen they will gain food literacy that will last a lifetime!

    Check our our Events Calendar for programs like these throughout the year:

    Food Fridays at Washington Park

    Every Friday at 4pm, we learn to cook food with tasty ingredients grown and harvested from Washington Park.

    Let’s Cook

    Family cooking classes. Bring the entire family and cook with others to create healthy and tasty treats like homemade granola and crackers from fresh, wholesome ingredients.

    Maple Sugaring Time!

    Each spring, the sap flows and dozens of families help the Center create maple syrup for the annual pancake breakfast. Together families can learn how to collect sap to make maple syrup.

    Play With Your Food Summer Camp

    First and second graders will learn where food comes from, where animals and plants find their food, try their hand at gardening, visit a farm and more! Click here to learn more about this summer camp.

    Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP)

    Kids who participate in these inquiry-based programs can learn about anything from bugs to rocks to food!
    Click here to learn more about NEEP.

    Fishing at Washington Park

    Borrow fishing poles and spend the afternoon fishing with the family. Learn what parts of a fish are edible and safe to eat and meet new people.

  • 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