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Open your door and step out into a natural world of adventure! When our experts can’t lead you in person, these resources will guide your journey to enjoy your nearest green spaces.

Cool Finds

Cool Finds with Regina

Cool Finds with Regina

Environmental Educator, Regina Miller, finds a lot of cool animals and plants in her backyard and nearby areas. Here are her recent cool finds.

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Puppet Adventures

Introducing… the UEC Puppet Pack!

Introducing… the UEC Puppet Pack!

Meet your new virtual best friends! The Puppet Pack is a crew of creatures that is here to help you explore the outdoors in creative ways and teach you what they know about nature.

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Puppet Adventures

Presentando... al equipo de Marionetas del UEC!

Presentando... al equipo de Marionetas del UEC!

¡Conoce a tus nuevos mejores amigos virtuales! El equipo de Marionetas está compuesto por criaturas que están aquí para ayudarte a explorar el aire libre de una manera creativa y enseñarte lo que saben sobre la naturaleza. Cada marioneta tiene su propia personalidad, con intereses y pasatiempos únicos con muchas actividades divertidas.

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Puppet Adventures

Oh, Fiddleheads!

Oh, Fiddleheads!

Wetlands are a distinct ecosystem that floods during some seasons. Learn all the biodiversity that grows in them with Boxer, the Box Turtle.

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Self-Guided (Kids)

Scavenger Hunt: Properties

Scavenger Hunt: Properties

Have fun with this Properties Scavenger Hunt created by Environmental Educator, Alex LaBonte! Remember properties are traits or characteristics of all the things around us. Don’t forget your science eyes!

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Self-Guided (Kids)

Juego de Búsqueda - Propiedades

Juego de Búsqueda - Propiedades

¡Diviértete con esta búsqueda del tesoro de propiedades creada por la educadora ambiental, Alex LaBonte! Recuerda que las propiedades son rasgos o características de todas las cosas que nos rodean. ¡No olvides tus ojos científicos!

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Cool Finds

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Red-Headed Woodpeckers are a welcome sight in southern Wisconsin and are much less common then your backyard Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. The last time a Red-Headed Woodpecker was seen in Washington Park was in 2016 and we just saw one at the park (mid-May 2020)! Look for this beautiful bird drilling for insects and also catching insects in the air like other insect eating birds.

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Cool Finds

American Bittern

American Bittern

American Bitterns are masters of camouflage typically hiding in the tall grasses along water bodies.They are often heard and not seen and their call is a deep gulping noise. Photo taken at Washington Park by Environmental Educator, Alex LaBonte.

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Puppet Adventures

Bean Sprouts with a Box Turtle

Bean Sprouts with a Box Turtle

Hello! Where have you BEAN? I’ve been hoping some friends would join me in my explorations! I see so many new sprouts popping up out of the spring ground. And I’ve wanted to see what’s below to be found! So today I’m going to plant a seed and see if it germinates.

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Puppet Adventures

Sprouting Seeds with Boxer

Sprouting Seeds with Boxer

Follow the adventures of Boxer, as he is checking out some seedlings that are just popping up out of the dirt!

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Cool Finds

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinches are one of the strictest vegetarians amongst birds as their diet consists almost entirely of plant based food. Photo taken at Washington Park by Environmental Educator, Alex LaBonte.

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Self-Guided (Adults)

Botany Walk: Apple Serviceberry

Botany Walk: Apple Serviceberry

Join Jeff Veglahn, Land Steward at Menomonee Valley, in this virtual botany walk as he identifies and talks about the Apple Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora). It's a naturally occurring hybrid between downy serviceberry (AmelanchLinkier arborea) and Alleghany Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis).

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Self-Guided (Adults)

Beautiful Birds of Milwaukee

Beautiful Birds of Milwaukee

Leave your reference material (especially audio recordings) at home and let Environmental Educator Matt Flower lead you through a bird experience!

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Self-Guided (Adults)

Backyard Birding Blitz Bingo

Backyard Birding Blitz Bingo

Find bird by using the four common ways to identify them! Behavior, Habitat, Color Pattern and Size and Shape

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Self-Guided (Kids)

The Life of Birds: Parent Guide

The Life of Birds: Parent Guide

Parents, use this activity guide to explore the lives of birds with your children! (Contenido en español también)

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Self-Guided (Kids)

Scavenger Hunt: Rocks

Scavenger Hunt: Rocks

Rocks BINGO card by Environmental Educator Kirsten Maier!

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Self-Guided (Kids)

Juego de Búsqueda - Rocas

Juego de Búsqueda - Rocas

Take this Rock Scavenger Hunt created by Environmental Educator Kirsten Maier. Disfruta esta búsqueda del tesoro de rocas creada por la educadora ambiental Kirsten Maier. (Contenido en español)

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Self-Guided (Kids)

Scavenger Hunt: Backyard Bugs

Scavenger Hunt: Backyard Bugs

Let's go on a backyard bugs scavenger hunt! Created by Environmental Educator Kirsten Maier. (Contenido en español también)

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Self-Guided (Adults)

Best Practices for Trash Pickup

Best Practices for Trash Pickup

Check out this video about picking up trash when you go for walks through your neighborhood.

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Self-Guided (Kids)

Scavenger Hunt: Nature Patterns and Shapes

Scavenger Hunt: Nature Patterns and Shapes

Let's see what shapes and patterns you can find in nature. Scavenger Hunt created by Environmental Educator Brynne Drohan

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Self-Guided (Kids)

Scavenger Hunt: Buds

Scavenger Hunt: Buds

Let's see what buds we can find! Designed by Environmental Educator Tory Bahe. (Contenido en español también)

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Self-Guided (Adults)

Botany Walk: Cut-leaf toothwort and Common wood violet

Botany Walk: Cut-leaf toothwort and Common wood violet

Learn about native plants in this virtual botany walk led by Land Steward, Jeff Veglahn. Featured in this video: Cut-leaf toothwort (Dentaria laciniata) and Common wood violet (Viola sororia).

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Self-Guided (Adults)

Wonderful Flowers of Milwaukee

Wonderful Flowers of Milwaukee

Let's explore the wild spaces of Milwaukee and meet the wonderful wildflowers of spring! Self-guided walk through Riverside Park by Environmental Educator Matt Flower.

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Self-Guided (Adults)

Terrific Trees Walk

Terrific Trees Walk

Get to know the trees of Riverside Park in this insightful self-guided walk made by Environmental Educator Matt Flower.

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Self-Guided (Kids)

Scavenger Hunt: Signs of Spring

Scavenger Hunt: Signs of Spring

Signs of spring BINGO card by Environmental Educator Kirsten Maier! (Contenido en español también)

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Self-Guided (Kids)

Scavenger Hunt: Common Birds

Scavenger Hunt: Common Birds

Take this Common Birds scavenger hunt challenge, created by Environmental Educator Kirsten Maier. (Contenido en español también)

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Self-Guided (Adults)

Staff Picks: Local Natural Areas to Enjoy

Staff Picks: Local Natural Areas to Enjoy

Excellent recommendations from our staff on local, accessible natural areas where you can enjoy nature right now!

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Cool Finds

Take a Virtual Nature Walk with Chad!

Take a Virtual Nature Walk with Chad!

Come along on a "virtual nature walk" with our Environmental Educator, Chad Thomack, and hear stories about his recent discoveries in nature!

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Cool Finds

Cecropia Moth Cocoon

Cecropia Moth Cocoon

Environmental Educator Brynne Drohan found this along the Menomonee River!

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Cool Finds

Look for Bright Green Mosses

Look for Bright Green Mosses

Environmental Educator, Regina Miller, found this brilliant green moss in a local park!

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Cool Finds

Early Flowers of Spring

Early Flowers of Spring

See Pasqueflowers, Virginia bluebells and Sharp-lobed Hepatica discovered by Land Stewards Drew Vandegrift, Michaela Rosenthal and Kim Forbeck.

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Self-Guided (Kids)

Scavenger Hunt: Milwaukee County Parks

Scavenger Hunt: Milwaukee County Parks

There are over 150 Milwaukee County Parks, and they remain open! Take the Scavenger Hunt, created by Environmental Educator Miguel Santos, and explore the trails! We encourage you to visit the parks near home that you can easily reach on foot or bike, rather than driving. (Contenido en español también)

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