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Written by Davita Flowers-Shanklin
Thursday, 21 October 2021
The leaves are turning and the cool air is unpredictable, fall is here! As we are taking in the wonderful fall activities, the Volunteer Department at the UEC is slowing down and wrapping up some of our ongoing volunteer opportunities, and getting ready to celebrate you, our wonderful volunteers.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Thursday, 21 October 2021
The path that led Chamong Xiong to the Urban Ecology Center this summer has been a winding one. His story of being called back to the land is an inspiration for all of us to do the same and cultivate a meaningful connection with the outside world. Even if it means taking risks and leaping into the unknown to find it.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
The Urban Ecology Center hosted our 7th annual HKE MKE from September 25 through October 2, 2021! Hikers had over 30 hikes to choose from including a sunrise hike in the Menomonee Valley, a history hike in Washington Park and a hike and watercolor painting session in Riverside Park. Through the combined efforts of all of our hikers and some generous matching donors, over $57,000 was raised! We are humbled by the generosity of our participants, and by the generosity of their friends and family. HKE MKE raised important funds to support the Urban Ecology Center's mission to connect people in cities to nature and each other.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Thursday, 07 October 2021
  “My daughter and I are not outdoor people. UEC is an organization that helped us see things differently.” Catrina Crane laughed as she explained how her relationship with the outdoors has changed during an interview with the UEC discussing her experiences as a member. She began by recalling how she first became involved with the Urban Ecology Center, “I have a daughter who is 18 now, but at the time she was maybe 6, and I chaperoned one of her school trips [to the UEC] and it was really cool to see the kids work on plants and things like that. I was an up and coming Girl Scout leader so I kind of piggybacked off of what I…
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Friday, 24 September 2021
Paige Simenz fondly recalls her experiences as a kid in the Urban Ecology Center summer camps. Growing up in nearby Shorewood, she says, “I had this sense that whenever I was here, I was exploring, I was doing big things, I was making scientific discoveries. And that stayed with me throughout my entire life.”
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Summer at the Urban Ecology Center is a time where community engagement is at its peak. From Land Stewardship, Community Programs to children’s summer camps, the Urban Ecology Center grows tremendously. To keep up with the increase in activity summer brings, interns are recruited to help fill in the gaps. With 26 total interns hired this summer to fill an assortment of positions, they bring a fresh perspective to the team and gain valuable experience to help propel them into future careers.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Friday, 16 April 2021
“Why should I look up?” Bob Bonadurer, Planetarium Director of the Milwaukee Public Museum, rhetorically asked this question during an interview that the Urban Ecology Center hosted with him and some members of the Urban Stargazers. Bob marveled that the universe is the ultimate connection, and that looking up and basking in the vastness of it all is incredible.
Written by Drew Vandegrift
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Recently I have been reflecting on gardening and wildlife. As a gardener, I enjoy pondering what food I can grow for myself and my family. Then I do my best to keep wildlife out of the garden. As a Land Steward, I garden for wildlife. I consider what plants I can add to the land for the benefit of wildlife. Specifically, I ask myself “What wildlife species can I feed or provide shelter for?” And then “What plants do those wildlife need?”
Written by Erin Whitney
Saturday, 03 April 2021
'Tis the season for Garlic Mustard Pesto! As the soil warms up, this sea of green takes over local forest floors. Garlic Mustard is an invasive species to North America and discourages native plants from growing by releasing lasting antifungal chemicals into the soil. Removing garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata, is no one-day task, take some time to correctly ID a bunch and remove its root and all! Its seed can survive up to 10 years in the soil. So bag it up and dispose, or blend up its leaves and stems for a tasty pesto or soup. Note the roots should be discarded into a garbage bag, not your compost.
Written by Angélica Sánchez
Friday, 02 April 2021
You may have seen recent news of the fire that occurred this week in Three Bridges Park. Or maybe you’ve seen the burned hillsides while visiting the park or riding through the Hank Aaron State Trail, wondering what happened. I’d like to share what happened and hopefully answer some questions you may have.
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