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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!
Written by Carlos Manriquez
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
My name is Carlos Manriquez and my role at the UEC is the Menomonee Valley Visitor Services Specialist. Even though it's very rewarding to be able to work with UEC visitors, special groups, and help with events, one of my favorite parts of my job is supporting the UEC's High School Outdoor Leader program! 
Written by Meghan Forseth
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
“You’ve never been to the Candlelight Walk?!” I’ve heard this question a dozen times since starting to help plan for UEC's annual Riverside Park Candlelight Walk. It’s as though I’ve told my colleagues I’ve never been to Target (which is certainly not true since I find myself there at least once a week).
Written by Jessica Orlando
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
You may have noticed that bird walks comprise the majority of community science opportunities at the Urban Ecology Center this time of year. And while our species counts may look closer to the temperature these days (if we’re lucky), there are still discoveries waiting to be made. Last week both our Menomonee Valley and Riverside Park bird walks found something we’ve never found before: a Nashville warbler in November!
Written by Joel Springsteen
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Common witch hazel (CWH, Hamamelis virginiana) is hardly common in the wild and even less so in landscaping. In Milwaukee County CWH is only found in a handful of older growth forests. This unique large shrub or small multi-stemmed tree blooms October through November!
Written by Willie Karidis
Monday, 05 November 2018
Nothing prepared me for the first time I went to Alaska. Mountains everywhere, turquoise blue rivers, friendly people and yes, a seemingly unending expanse of wilderness that captured my heart and changed the way I viewed the world. It is a true pleasure to be able to share the best of Alaska with all of you. My friends from Premier Alaska Tours and the Denali Education Center, both Alaska owned and operated, will be our hosts for the eight-night, nine-day experience. Our visit will include some of my favorite adventures including a trip from Anchorage to Seward on the iconic Alaska Railroad, a boat tour into magical Kenai Fjords National Park and a bus ride all the way to Eielson…
Written by Davita Flowers-Shanklin
Monday, 05 November 2018
Here at the UEC, we have always loved working with volunteers. Actually, as many of you know, the Center was started by a group of neighbors volunteering their time to create something special. Volunteerism has always been a part of who we are and what we do, and it always will. This last year we had over 4,500 volunteers walk through our doors (or into our parks!), how amazing is that?!

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