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Written by Megan Andrews-Sharer
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Dana Render Atlanta, Georgia Operations Manager, Trees Atlanta When Trees Atlanta was founded in 1985, its stated purpose was to protect and improve Atlanta's urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. 30 years and over 113,000 trees later, that mission remains the same. Through a combination of full-time staff, their dedicated and ever-growing community of volunteers, and partnerships with contractors and corporate partners, Trees Atlanta is committed to maintaining and expanding the natural tree canopy. (Read more about the work of Trees Atlanta here).
Written by Megan Andrews-Sharer
Tuesday, 05 February 2019
Julie Ulrich, Program Director, Nature in Cities, The Nature Conservancy, Pennsylvania Chapter; and Rebecca Weaver, coalition and community partnership expert working as Cities Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Chapter. Over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and numbers are predicted to rise in coming years. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social affairs cites, “Sustainable urbanization is key to successful development.” The UN uses the term sustainable in a broad scope--economic, social, and environmental. The Nature Conservancy is a global organization working to address sustainable development from the environmental lens, protect urban nature and enable people to interact with it in a meaningful way is increasingly important. Pascal Mittermaier, Global Managing Director for Cities, says…
Written by Meghan Forseth
Tuesday, 05 February 2019
I have every intent to cook healthy, delicious, well-balanced meals for Josh (my husband) and Jude (my two-year old) but every time I venture off to the grocery store I end up with the same ingredients. I swear I make every effort to stop by the produce section and examine all of the colorful fruits and vegetables. I often admire those fearless shoppers who throw jalapenos, bok choy and kale in their carts. They seem brave. They seem to know what they are doing.
Written by Guest Blogger
Thursday, 31 January 2019
I got started volunteering at the Urban Ecology Center through small mammal monitoring in the summer of 2012 and have been fortunate enough to help with that project at least a few times every summer since, alongside numerous other projects. These opportunities and the UEC have helped me get to where I am professionally, granted me steady friendships, taught me so very much, and, most importantly, welcomed me, enthusiastic quirks and all, with open arms.
Written by MaryBeth Kressin
Monday, 28 January 2019
Once upon a summer day in 2016, an Urban Ecology Center member named Marybeth (same name – but not me!) decided to borrow a canoe through our equipment lending program and go out to explore the Milwaukee River. She knew that a week from then, she was going on a first date with a close friend and wanted it to be special. After that test run she decided to have their date on the river - an intimate time together in nature.
Written by Glenna Holstein
Monday, 21 January 2019
I don’t know what it is about candlelight and winter, but we Wisconsinites sure seem to love the combination! Maybe it’s the beauty of flame light glistening on fresh snow, or maybe it’s the reassurance that light *will* eventually return. Or maybe it’s just the simple nudge we need to remember that we don’t have to stay cooped up in the dark and cold of winter — a reminder that there is fun to be had on wintry evenings!
Written by Lynn Anders
Thursday, 10 January 2019
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.
Written by Danny Pirtle
Friday, 04 January 2019
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.
Written by Jeff Veglahn
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
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. 
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Thursday, 06 December 2018
Whether you are one of the more than 100 million Amazon Prime members or an avid in-store purchaser, the holidays can rack up a lot of extra cardboard and packaging material quickly. Here’s how to spread holiday cheer while keeping Mother Earth in mind. Let's commit to a more earth-friendly holiday season!

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