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Written by Urban Ecology Center
Monday, 22 April 2019
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Rachel Nielsen to the role of Director of Finance and Operations! “In addition to teaching through the Peace Corps and at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Rachel will bring years of finance and operations experience from the corporate world,” said Ken Leinbach, Executive Director at the Urban Ecology Center. “We are excited to bring her broad experience and expertise to our team.” Nielsen comes to the Urban Ecology Center from Rockwell Automation where she was the Global Finance Manager, Low Voltage Motor Control Center Business. Throughout her career, Nielsen has held finance and operations positions at Rockwell and Best Buy. “The Urban Ecology Center has such a strong reputation within the…
Written by Regina Miller
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
It was time to go pick up the kids for another fun field trip so I headed over to the nearby school in one of our buses. Once at school I waited a few minutes for the class and soon the line of little ones came walking down the hall. The group of K5 children was eager to see me and very excited about the field trip they were going on. I asked them if they knew what we were going to be learning about that day and one child eagerly responded with, “Habitats!” I told the group that we were indeed going to be learning about habitats and animal homes and then we headed to the bus to begin…
Written by Guest Blogger
Thursday, 04 April 2019
Beginning as early as the 1850s and continuing for over a century, urban planners increasingly focused on grand designs for parks that would restore communities by providing a place of leisure and recreation. Seeing the transformation of rural America and the expansion of urban populations, it seemed that the loss of contact with open spaces created pathological conditions in cities. 
Written by Terrance Davis
Thursday, 28 March 2019
I was first introduced to the Urban Ecology Center in the year 2002 through my job with Milwaukee Public Schools. At this time, the Urban Ecology Center was no more than a trailer, yet something about the place was special. I can remember seeing children extremely excited to learn about animals and go on nature hikes. I was just as excited to see them experience these things!
Written by Tim Vargo
Wednesday, 20 March 2019
The Climate is undeniably changing; globally, regionally and especially within the Urban Ecology Center’s birding programs. This spring marks the 9th Anniversary of the Green Birding Challenge and the 3rd year of the Brew City Birding Festival.  What are these events and how are they changing?
Written by Megan Andrews-Sharer
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Tatiana Vélez Medellín, Colombia Professional Background: Economic Development Tatiana Vélez attended the Urban Ecology Center Intensive with the goal of learning how she might enhance the impact of her current organization. Her vision was (and is) to create and then replicate a center for community environmental education programs through strategic collaborative partnerships.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Friday, 01 March 2019
As a volunteer, Camoya remembers, “The first thing they had us do was canoe…and I’ve never canoed before. I was really nervous and it was completely out of my comfort zone. But they were like ‘you can do it, you can do it!’” “The staff were very encouraging. So we got in the canoe and we canoed the lagoon. It was one of the best days I’ve ever had here.” From Camoya’s first introduction to the Washington Park Urban Ecology Center as a youth volunteer in 2014 to her years in the High School Outdoor Leader program and then acceptance to college in the fall of 2018, we’ve loved being a part of this amazing young woman’s journey!
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Thursday, 28 February 2019
Because of your support, our next generation of environmental scientists is growing. Up and out the door at 6 a.m., Analiese is ready to dive into the latest Community Science research project at the Urban Ecology Center! It’s not how you’d expect an 11-year-old might start her day. But for Analiese, walking a few doors down to the UEC at daybreak was a weekly routine during the summer of 2018.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
As Black History Month draws to a close, our Equity, Dignity, and Justice team at the Urban Ecology Center wanted to highlight some of the black folks who have shaped, led, and grown the environmental movement. The faces associated with environmentalism in our societal storytelling are often white ones, but in reality black (and brown) folks have been caring for and protecting our environment throughout human history. Here are some black environmental leaders we love:
Written by Margaret Siebers
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
I want to tell you about an amazing employment opportunity that the Urban Ecology Center has for high school students. But first, let’s do an icebreaker. What was your first job? For me, it was babysitting. I worked with many different families, which meant different expectations from employers.Some families paid fairly, others did not. There were well behaved children and those who saw a parent date night as an opportunity to cast off all the tyrannical rules set in place for them.
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