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Over the course of four days, we'll provide in-depth learning about the Urban Ecology Center model. Based on our best-selling book Urban Ecology: Transforming Kids, Parks, Cities and the World our curriculum is focused on how we affect those transformations.

Learning at the Intensive is:

    • Over the course of four days, your experiences will take you throughout the city of Milwaukee. Traveling on the same buses as our students, you will experience first-hand the need, the strategy to meet the need, and the impact of the results.
    • You’ll have hands-on experiences allowing you to see and feel the transformation at work! We can describe our programs and structures, but nothing beats actually being here.
    • Sample Experience: Hiking or biking tour of Three Bridges Park, the former brownfield that has become a thriving, world-class, urban habitat and neighborhood asset thanks to the collaboration of the Urban Ecology Center, Menomonee Valley Partners, and community members.

    • You will be challenged to apply concepts and strategies to your home community with guidance from your session leaders.
    • Our experienced facilitators will assess questions and interests throughout the course of their interaction with the cohort and customize the conversation to address learning needs.
    • Our goal is for you to be empowered to do the work needed to be done in your community.
    • The cohort for the Intensive is sized to accommodate flexibility and personalized conversation.
  • Take a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of the components that make up an Urban Ecology Center, including:
    • fundraising
    • leadership
    • land restoration
    • program development
    • and organizational structure

    Sample Activity: Using role-play, stories, and discussion we will learn the ins and outs of the Ten Rules of Raising Money that we have developed over more than two decades.

    • Learn strategies for successful partnerships, strategic alliances, and business relationships. We’ve advised communities from Israel to Mexico on the partnership process. Community buy-in can be difficult to obtain, and city-wide commitment is key to success.
    • Join the movement of leaders participating in transformation. The Urban Ecology Center has longstanding relationships with others doing this work, from researchers like Richard Louv, who founded the Children and Nature Network, to the economic revitalization work of companies like SecondMuse, to Organizational Design work with Peter Senge and the Academy for Systems Change.
    • This is only the beginning. Learning continues beyond the Intensive as you work to implement your new found knowledge and ideas in your own community. We will help facilitate staying in touch with your learning cohort and facilitators to continue sharing successes and struggles.

Applications accepted February 1 - June 15, 2019

Questions? Reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Megan Andrews-Sharer at (414) 964-8505.

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