Things to do outdoors with the UEC this winter!

Written by Urban Ecology Center
    Tuesday, 28 December 2021
Things to do outdoors with the UEC this winter!

The Urban Ecology Center always encourages everyone to enjoy urban nature any time of the year as we truly believe that the wonders of the outdoors bring people together. And winter is not an exception. 

Between sports and outdoor winter activities, including Urban Candlelight Hike, Pop-Up Excursions, and Adventure Days, there are plenty of amazing things to do in Milwaukee in the winter. 

At the Urban Ecology Center, we are offering great activities to do outside during the coldest season of the year.  Here are a few of our highlights for this winter:

Pop-Up Excursions

Looking for something fun to do outdoors with your friends or a chance to connect with other adults in a Covid-conscious environment? Join your UEC friends on a Pop-Up Excursion in 2022! PopUpExcursions

A pop-up excursion is a spontaneous outdoor adventure with an intimate group of people exploring the urban ecosystems of Milwaukee via skis, snowshoes, food, beverages, and campfires. We will host at least one or two excursions each month and will schedule them with only a few days’ notice so we can take advantage of the snow and good weather.

Simply follow the Urban Ecology Center on Instagram or Facebook or check out our website to see what excursions we have planned for the upcoming days. You can register on our website as they pop up or buy tickets in advance at a discount that can be redeemed for any excursion all year round. Pop Up Excursions will be added to our calendar all year round in 2022!

Learn more about Pop Up Excursion Here

Adventure Days

snowshoeingOn the days when school is out, bring your children to a UEC Adventure Day! Adventure Days are full of fun, learning, and seasonal exploration. Investigate the natural world at an Adventure Day!

On February 14th, snow or no snow we’ll have a blast enjoying the cold! Children will enjoy a day filled with cross country skiing, snowshoe hikes, a scavenger hunt, and nature-based crafts. 

Register here for February Adventure Day

Winter Wonderwalks

Winter is a magical season to experience the wonders of nature in the heart of the city. Come with your friends and family to a Winter Wonder Walk at Three Bridges Park. From a sunset and history hike, winter sports activities to winter exploration with kids. All the walks are led by bilingual educators (English/Spanish).

Coffee & Tea Winter Nature Walk – Caminata de Invierno con Cafe & Te
January 21 @ 10:00 am. -- Register Here

Sunset & History Hike – Caminata de Historia al Atardecer
January 21 @ 4:00 pm -- Register Here

Explore Winter with Kids – Explora el invierno con niños/as
January 22 @ 9:00 am -- Register Here

A Sensory Hike -- Caminata Sensorial
January 22 @ 10:00 am -- Register Here

Wonder Walk – Cross Country Skiing for Beginners  -- Esquí de Fondo para Principiantes
January 22 @ 1:00 pm -- Register Here


12Snow or no snow, mark your calendar for two dates of outdoor winter fun in Washington Park at Winterfest!

Winterfest 2022 is a celebration of winter and outdoor play in the park. We have two days of wonderful winter activities planned, weather conditions permitting. Ice skate on the lagoon, speed down the sledding hill, warm up with hot drinks around a fire, and more!

Experience outdoor play at Winterfest!

Join this fun outdoor event on Saturday, February 5 & 12! ❄️

Pre-registration is not required for this drop-in program, but feel free to RSVP on Facebook to let your friends know you're coming. 

RSVP for Winterfest on February 5

RSVP for Winterfest on February 12

Urban Candlelight Hike UCH 2020 donorbox image

For the fifth year, hardy northerners will cure their cabin fever at the Urban Candlelight Hike in Three Bridges Park.

Saturday February 26, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm:

  • Two miles of candlelit trails on the Hank Aaron State Trail - this event will take place with or without snow!

  • Roaring campfires and more! 

  • Hot chocolate at the Urban Ecology Center (while supplies last)! Bring your thermos to save on waste and to take your cocoa on your hike.

  • Marshmallow roasting and s’mores at the FOHAST Fireside Plaza!

  • Entry for great door prizes! 

Free for everyone or get fun extras for fun pass holders.

Get your tickets today!

In addition to all the public programs we offer this winter, Urban Ecology Center members can also enjoy the outdoors by borrowing our recreational equipment! As part of the UEC membership benefits package, we loan out our Nordic-style cross country skis, snowshoes, ice skates, and sleds for FREE. This Equipment Lending benefit is exclusively available to our members. You're not a member of the Urban Ecology Center? Join today!

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