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Urban Ecology Center

Urban Ecology Center

At the Urban Ecology Center, we connect people in cities to nature and each other. Read more about us here!

Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

Snow and Go!

Get notified about spontaneous winter adventures! Sign up for our “Snow and Go" group!

Knowing when Wisconsin’s snow will fall is difficult to determine, but having fun in that snow is not! When snow conditions are too perfect to stay indoors, you will receive an email notifying you of a spontaneous winter recreation program — sledding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, making snow angels — whatever the snow calls for!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

Welcome Kirstin!

We are excited to welcome Kirstin Anglea to the Urban Ecology Center team as Environmental Education Manager. Kirstin starts her new role at the Center with some familiarity; she has been a volunteer at the Riverside Park branch for several months and has played a key role as a Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP) substitute this spring. 

Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00

We Love our #UECmember Community!

Throughout the month of July we've been asking our members and partner organizations to post what they love about the Urban Ecology Center using the #UECmember hashtag. We were blown away by some of the fun and creative posts we saw! Here are some of our favorites:
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

See for Yourself - Interns

The Urban Ecology Center’s Summer Internship progran is a dynamic employment opportunity for adults. It’s a win-win; The Center gains valuable help during our busiest months and Interns get a summer they’ll never forget!

We are overwhelmed by your support for the Urban Ecology Center's 7th annual Summer Solstice Soiree.  

The Riverside Park branch was full of energy as we celebrated nature in the heart of the city and we are grateful for the generosity of our guests, sponsors, board of directors, friends and volunteers!

Everyone, no matter their age, can teach, help and learn at the Urban Ecology Center! See for yourself how older adults through teens are mentoring Summer Campers and students who will in turn be the environmental leaders of tomorrow.

Research shows two things make a person environmentally aware – constant contact with nature early in life and a mentor who demonstrates positive behavior toward the environment. With this research in mind, we train interns to be mentors to high schoolers, who in turn become mentors to our Summer Campers.

Come in today to see how your whole family can learn, work and grow at our Center. 

Construction to rebuild and stabilize a section of bluff will be starting Monday May 12th around 7:30 a.m. The construction is expected to continue until the end of the month. The area that is being worked on is just south of the Locust St. bridge where the bluff washed out by flooding in summer 2010.

Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:00

Burn Baby Burn!

At the end of April, we conducted prescribed burns at both our Washington Park and Riverside Park locations. With the help from Dare Ecosystem Management and Urban Ecology Center staff, we were able to conduct a restoration by fire that took place over the prairie, savannah and oak woodland areas. This was the third burn in Riverside Park and the first burn in Washington Park. This successful technique knocked back the invasive species and allowed a more diverse range of native species to emerge.  Check out this video to see great photos and video footage of the burn and learn more about the benefits of a prescribed burn from an interview with Caitlin, one of our land stewards, who was on the scene to help!

Since we've declared April to be Earth Month, we're celebrating different earth-related themes all month long. This week, let's take a look at our Washington Park branch theme, FOOD.  Because who doesn't love food?  Read on for a fun perspective on Learning Gardens from Washington Park's branch manager, Willie. Additionally, Erick, Washington Park's Community Program Coordinator, provides some foolproof tips and tricks for how YOU can start up and maintain your own garden at home!  

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Early Morning Bird Walks (Riverside Park)

Riverside Park

Thursday, December 5th

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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ROOT - Menomonee Valley - Cancelled

Menomonee Valley

Thursday, December 5th

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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