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At the Urban Ecology Center’s three locations the wonders of nature bring curious people together. Our programs bring our city’s children and families into nature and as a result our urban parks are safe to visit, our kids are learning what they need to know to succeed, and adults keep on learning about how our changing world around us works.

The Urban Ecology Center provides year-round educational programs for kids, families and adults of all ages. The cornerstone program is the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project serving kids in more than 44 urban Milwaukee schools each year. This program enables students to get to walk in the woods, stand in a river in hip waders or run along the beach at Lake Michigan when they might have no other opportunities to do so.

The school program is complemented by after school programs, summer camps and weekend activities designed to involve, inspire, educate and connect kids to each other, to caring mentors and to the natural world.


There is more…and there is something here for you and your family:

  • Urban Adventures
  • Weekend youth and family programs
  • High School Outdoor Leaders
  • Adult summer internship programs
  • Citizen Science research projects
  • Volunteer activities

Open seven days a week and on many evenings (open hours vary by location), the Center is there when you are ready to visit. Explore our website, follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook and join the more than 77,000 people who participated in Center offerings last year! Come on over and get outside with us!

Upcoming Events

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Fall Bird Banding at Riverside Park

Riverside Park

Thursday, October 23rd

6:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Early Morning Birdwalks (Riverside Park)

Riverside Park

Thursday, October 23rd

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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