About Membership

We've all heard that it's better to give than to receive, but at the Urban Ecology Center, we think it's best to do both at once! By becoming a contributing member of the Urban Ecology Center you'll be providing essential support for us to carry out our mission of connecting urban residents to nature in their communities and you'll be receiving unique benefits that help you to be an active, engaged, healthy and eco-conscious member of your community.

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Everyone is welcome! Thanks to generous donors we are able to offer need-based scholarships for memberships. We want to get you outside! Click below to fill out an application. If you have any questions or if you’d like more information, please contact Glenna Holstein at (414) 964-8505 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The Urban Ecology Center wouldn't exist without contributing members. The support we receive makes it possible for us to operate branches of the Urban Ecology Center in three Milwaukee neighborhoods and connect tens of thousands of kids to local green spaces through dozens of school partnerships. It also allows us to protect and enhance those public green spaces to make them safe, accessible, and vibrant for everyone. Adults of all ages are engaged through public programs, internships, volunteering and community meetings at all three of our branch locations. In fact, because of our important work in Milwaukee, many contributing members give beyond the basic membership rates to help us have a greater impact.


Contributing members receive one of the best and most unique benefits in Milwaukee: free access to our outdoor adventure equipment! Through equipment lending, you can borrow our canoes, kayaks, bikes, camping equipment, cross-country skis, snowshoes, sleds, ice skates, gardening tools, and more for up to three days completely free at all three of our branches. We provide this perk because we want to make it easy and affordable to enjoy the natural wonders that Milwaukee has to offer. This means you don't have to own and store your own canoe in order to enjoy a paddle on an urban waterway. You don't have to maintain a pair of skis to be able to glide through one of Milwaukee's beautiful parks.

Contributing members also enjoy discounts on the public programs we offer so you can learn how to ski or kayak, enjoy an inspiring lecture or enroll your child in one of our week-long summer camps at a discounted rate.

Want to make your contributing membership even better? Invite a friend to join so that you can enjoy being contributing members together! As our contributing membership grows so does our ability to make Milwaukee's communities stronger, healthier, more active and connected to nature.

Give the gift of membership!

And don’t forget, a membership to the Urban Ecology Center can make a great gift for any occasion! Mother's or Father's Day, Birthdays, "Welcome to the neighborhood", Earth Day you name it!

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