Sponsorship & Events

A young, African American girl smiles while holding a pinecone looking piece of plant and bright yellow binoculars.Sponsoring an Urban Ecology Center event or program shows your organization's commitment to excellence in education, positive community growth, and ecological awareness. Our supporting partners gain visibility among people at the forefront of ecological and sustainable innovation both on a local and national scale. The Urban Ecology Center, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization. EIN # 39-1712663. Your gift to the Urban Ecology Center is 100% tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. You will receive a tax receipt for your records after completing your donation.

Annual Events:

Summer Solstice Soirée

Our annual gala, Summer Solstice Soirée, is a unique, outdoor event to celebrate and raise funds for the Urban Ecology Center! Hosted at one of our locations, we incorporate traditional gala features such as delicious food, crafted beverages, and amazing silent and live auction items with elements unique to the UEC such as live music, hiking trail access, eco-friendly catering, and picnic style seating. We pack our auction full of items we know you care about – outdoor gear, sustainable solutions, exclusive experiences, nature-based travel and so much more! As the name suggests, the date of the Summer Solstice Soiree is on a Friday in June near the Summer Solstice.

Save the date: Friday, June 17, 2022


HKE MKE (Hike Milwaukee) is an annual week-long event that encourages outside exploration and introduces new community members to the UEC! We offer numerous hikes and programs throughout the week at all three branches. The community also partake in a friendly fundraising competition where supporters go on adventures, earn badges and prizes, invite friends, and spread the UEC’s mission. With autumn being arguably one of the best times to get outdoors in Wisconsin, HKE MKE runs in September and October.

2022 Dates Coming Soon!

For additional information on either event or to donate to the Summer Solstice Soiree auction, please contact Michelle Milford, Donor Communications & Events Manager, at (414) 626-7781 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Other Current Sponsorship Opportunities:

Urban Ecology Center in My Backyard

Sponsor Urban Ecology Center's new virtual learning platform! Urban Ecology Center in My Backyard shares nature-based resources that help people explore and learn outdoors. Learn sponsorship details here!

For Summer Solstice Soiree, HKE MKE or additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact Meenal Atre, Corporate & Foundations Relations Manager at (414) 964-8505 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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