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Written by Alejandra Jiménez Marván
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
No matter how we dropped it on the cup of water, the needle kept pointing north. “Isn’t it awesome? Would you have imagined that we would be able to create a handmade compass by magnetizing a simple sewing needle?” I needed no other evaluation but the students’ amazed faces to realize that our class was pointing in the right direction, too. Had I not learned about electricity and magnetism in a fun and interactive way as a child, I would not have been so successful with that class.
Written by Beth Heller
Monday, 17 December 2012
Finding meaningful, inspiring stories of impactful corporate leadership in environmental sustainability for many may seem like a fantasy. From my experience, I know this kind of leadership is not only alive and well in our business community but also essential to our collective future. Forward thinking corporate leaders and employees use their ingenuity to think beyond the bottom line of the current quarter and plan for the future. This kind of leadership and the thinking that it is built upon is possible and it’s game changing.
Written by Ken Leinbach
Sunday, 16 December 2012
In May I’ll have been on this planet for half of a century. Seems like that should be enough time to have learned a thing or two, don’t you think? While I can’t claim extraordinary brilliance or wisdom, there are a few things I have figured out and, perhaps in part because of my graying hair, people on occasion actually seem to listen to me! I don’t expect you to fall into this category, but I hope you will at least give my words some consideration. 
Written by Jennifer Callaghan
Thursday, 13 December 2012
The Mink (Mustela vison) is a beautiful native Wisconsin animal with lusterous, thick fur. It often has prominent white spots underneath its chin giving it the look of a milk mustache. This round-eared, tubular-shaped mammal has partially webbed toes suitable to its semi-aquatic lifestyle. It is larger than most members of Mustela, similar in size to a marten. Unlike other mustelids however, it does not turn white in the winter. It retains its magnificent dark coat throughout the year and is often easily spotted along streams and ponds in the winter against the stark white backdrop of snowcover.  
Written by Tim Vargo
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
We’re prescribing outdoor activities to help you connect to nature in Milwaukee! Check out Episode 3 of our Nature Prescriptions video series with Tim Vargo, Manager of Research and Community Science, where he suggests cold weather birding.
Written by Jamie Ferschinger
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
The alarm goes off at 6:35 a.m. It is morning, but it sure seems like it is still night.  I lay in bed a few minutes longer convincing myself that my alarm clock is correct and that the time registering on the clock was not magically changed by wily elves while I was sleeping.  It is not this hard to get up in summer. Sun, where are you!? When the internal dialog finally concludes, I roll out of bed to face the day…and my dog who is ready for a run.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
We believe that time spent in nature is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages. Check out our "Healing Nature" video below to see why it is especially important for today's youth. Learn more about the importance of connecting to nature on our Healing Nature page  
Written by Jamie Ferschinger
Friday, 30 November 2012
We’re prescribing outdoor activities to help you connect to nature in Milwaukee! Check out Episode 2 of our Nature Prescriptions video series with Jamie Ferschinger, Riverside Park Branch Manager, where she suggests bundling up and relaxing outside.
Written by Glenna Holstein
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
We’re prescribing outdoor activities to help you connect to nature in Milwaukee! Check out Episode 1 of our Nature Prescriptions video series with Glenna Holstein, Menomonee Valley Branch Manager, where she suggests a hike or a bike ride along the Hank Aaron State Trail.
Written by Jennifer Callaghan
Monday, 19 November 2012
The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is native to Wisconsin and should not be confused with its descendent, the domestic turkey.

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