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  • Summer Camp is in the Air
    Written by Lynn Anders
    Thursday, 10 January 2019
    Summer Camp is in the Air

    Ah, the birds are singing and the sun is shining! Maybe it’s the mid-winter heat wave. Maybe it’s the vision of summer camp dancing in our heads. We’re getting ready for summer camp at the Urban Ecology Center and looking forward to the highlights of the summer season as we swing with the winter weather. As summer camp registration draws near, we look forward to the activities and programs we’ll lead when school’s out.

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  • Join Our Crew of Animal Care Volunteers!
    Written by Danny Pirtle
    Friday, 04 January 2019
    Join Our Crew of Animal Care Volunteers!

    My most memorable “nature moments” as a kid involved close encounters with animals: meeting live snakes at Riverbend Nature Center in my hometown of Racine, encountering bighorn sheep on a family trip to Badlands National Park, going fishing in lakes in Northern Wisconsin. At the Urban Ecology Center, our mission is to connect people to nature, and providing interactions with animals is one of the most visceral ways we do that.

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  • Three Bridges Park: Six Years in the Making
    Written by Jeff Veglahn
    Tuesday, 18 December 2018
    Three Bridges Park: Six Years in the Making

    Over the past six years, 24 acres of land near our Menomonee Valley branch were transformed from brownfield to outdoor recreational greenspace along the southern bank of the Menomonee River. Today, people know this area as Three Bridges Park! Where a series of train tracks and piles of rubble once stood, native plant species now flourish and birds, mammals, frogs, toads, butterflies and dragonflies call this park home again. 

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