#UECMembers Find Oasis in Washington Park

Written by Michaela Lewellyn Humpal
    Friday, 19 September 2014
Two year-old Lilli Morby gets an up-close look at a bird Two year-old Lilli Morby gets an up-close look at a bird

On a line of rope tied between two trees in Washington Park, six brown paper bags jumped in the wind. Two-year-old Lilli Morby stood with her father, Josh, and watched with wonder as a member of the Urban Ecology Center’s Community Science team took down one of the bags, put in a hand and pulled out a calmed songbird. The researcher weighed and banded the bird, identified its gender and a new family memory was made.

An avid outdoorsman, Josh Morby enjoys being outdoors and wants to pass this value on to his family so he started looking for ways to get outdoors that would fit into their full schedule. Living in the Washington Heights neighborhood with his wife, Rose, and his daughter, he didn’t have to look very far – Washington Park offered a convenient outdoor oasis just up the street. As the family started to use the park more often, they made a point to visit and then become members of the Urban Ecology Center.

During the three years that Josh and his family have been members, they have witnessed the impact of the Urban Ecology Center and our community partners on Washington Park. “It is impressive. The park is safer. Kids come every day to the Center after school to play and learn. Neighbors from both sides of the park connect,” Josh reflected during a recent conversation.

Wanting to support the transformation that is underway, Josh serves as Washington Park Advisory Committee Chair on the Center’s Board of Directors. “This is an exciting time to be a part of the Washington Park branch and the surrounding communities,” he states, “We are asking our neighbors and friends to help us envision the future of the Washington Park branch. I invite everyone to participate.”

Josh’s advice: Just Show Up!

It’s easy. Even if you are super busy attending to your commitments and following your passions, there is always some activity or program that is can easily fit into your schedule and routine. Make a memory!

Then Get Involved!

Become a member of the Urban Ecology Center, or volunteer, or share your ideas! We value your opinion and hope you will share your voice and ideas about the potential of the Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 5 pm to 6:30. We invite adults and children alike to create a vision of the future with us. This is your opportunity to help shape what our facility will look like and the role of the Urban Ecology Center as a neighbor in the coming years. Please join us.

Are you interested in providing your family with memorable experiences outdoors? Click here to start your family membership.

The Urban Ecology Center’s value-driven mission asserts that all families deserve to experience the Center’s benefits, regardless of their financial situation. Call Michaela at (414) 964-8505 to inquire about our membership scholarship program.

Michaela Lewellyn Humpal

Michaela Lewellyn Humpal

Michaela Lewellyn Humpal is the Development System Manager at the Urban Ecology Center. She was born and raised in Milwaukee but it took living away from the city for her to realize what an incredible city we live in. She is proud to be contributing to this wonderful community and is in awe of the generosity of the Urban Ecology Center members and volunteers. When she’s not working, Michaela is curiously exploring her new role as a momma.


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