New in the Menomonee Valley: Summer Camps!

Written by Glenna Holstein
    Friday, 10 May 2013
New in the Menomonee Valley: Summer Camps!

I cannot WAIT for summer in the Menomonee Valley!  Twittering birds, fish splashing in the river, beautiful blossoming prairie plants, and for the first time ever…Urban Ecology Center summer campers!  Do you have any children in your life?  There is a whole world of wonder here waiting for kiddos to come enjoy it—all you need to do is sign them up!

There are endless reasons why I think summer camp in the Menomonee Valley is an amazing opportunity for kids, but here are my top 3:

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1. Same great programming as ever, plus some brand new camps!

We’re offering all the same inquiry-based camps that people have come to love over the years, and we’ve got them for every age group, from Early Adventurers (3 & 4 year olds, accompanied by an adult), up to Biking Adventures for middle schoolers (and with our prime location along the Hank Aaron State Trail, we’re sure to have some excellent opportunities to explore!). We are also offering two brand new camps that are going to be fantastic:

Eco Art, where 3rd and 4th graders will get the chance to create nature-inspired art in all different media—some will even be created to blow away with the wind!

Urban Ecologists, where 5th and 6th graders will have the opportunity to work along side real field biologists and participate in urban wildlife research!

2. Be the first to explore a new park!

The 24-acre brownfield-turned-greenspace adjacent to the center is slated to open on July 20 of this year, so the Urban Ecology Center’s summer campers will be some of the first to get to explore Milwaukee’s newest park! They may even get the chance to plant some of the first seeds!

3. We have space!

We’ve still got room for your kiddos in all of our camps, so take your pick! And as with all of our summer camps, we have numerous scholarships available for families who qualify for free or reduced lunch, so please call (414) 964-8505 or visit this page if you’d like more information. We have reserved at least 25% of our spots for kids on scholarship. Maybe the camp you wanted to register for at Riverside was full, or maybe you just want to check out a new place—either way, we’d love to have you join us!

As always, our camps will be led by our fabulous Environmental Educators. And at MV, we are thrilled that both our educators leading camps this summer are bilingual, so we welcome both English and Spanish speakers!

The educators are ready, the park is ready, the adventures are ready…all we’re missing is you!

To find out more about summer camps at MV, go to http://urbanecologycenter.org/summercamp/ or call Sarah Rohe, Environmental Education Manager, at (414) 964-8505. (Se habla español).

We hope to see you in the Valley this summer!

Glenna Holstein

Glenna Holstein

Glenna grew up a mile up the river from the Riverside Park, so the Urban Ecology Center has always been important to her. Her studies and work have taken her all over the hemisphere, but her home has always been right here in Milwaukee. As Menomonee Valley Branch Manager, she is delighted to be part of the team that is working to connect a new community to the nature in their neighborhood. Her favorite things to do include hiking, exploring, cooking, singing, building forts, and trying to convince children that cockleburs are really baby porcupines!

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