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PaddlingPrograms SummerFall2018

The Urban Ecology Center is excited to offer a wide variety of canoeing and kayaking events! We've got something for everyone, from beginners to advanced paddlers. Explore Milwaukee's wonderful waterways by boat with us! Check out our program schedule below. 

Please note: For insurance reasons, personal boats are currently not allowed in any of our paddling programs.

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Launching near Riverside Park

Full Moon Canoe  

Canoeing on the Milwaukee River under a full moon

With the full moon above and reflected city lights below, paddle down the Milwaukee River. See the city and the full moon as you never have before! Meet at the Milwaukee Rowing Club Boathouse @ 1900 N. Commerce St.

For adults and teens | $20 (Nonmembers: $20)

Sunday, August 26 | 7:30 - 10 p.m. | Sold Out

Monday, September 24 | 7:30 - 10 p.m. | Sold Out

 

River Rhythms Paddle 

Canoeing under a bridge at dusk

End your day with a cool paddle and concert. Canoe with us to Pere Marquette Park's River Rhythms summer music series. Bring a blanket, picnic foods and drinks. Equipment provided. Registration required 24 hours in advance of each trip. Meet at the Milwaukee Rowing Club Boathouse @ 1900 N. Commerce St.

For adults and families | Adults: $15 (Nonmembers: $20) Paddling kids: $7 (Nonmembers: $9) Kids under 10 who do not paddle: Free

Wednesday, August 29 | 6:30 - 10 p.m. | Register

 

Coffee & Canoe!

What better way to enjoy your Sunday morning than to sip on coffee and canoe down the Milwaukee River? Meet us at the Rowing Club (1990 N. Commerce Street) and we’ll have morning beverages and treats to get you fueled up before you canoe!

For adults | $20 (Nonmembers: $25)

Sunday, August 19 | 9 - 11:30 a.m. Register

 

Birding by Canoe!

Take a day paddle with Riverside Park Branch Manager Meghan Forseth and Manager of Research and Community Science Tim Vargo. We'll look for migrating and resident birds as we go. If you like a leisurely paddle this trip is for you! Bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Binoculars provided.

For adults | $45 (Nonmembers: $50)

Saturday, September 29 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Register

 

Canoe the MKE River: Last Paddle of the Season

Join us for the very last canoe program of the season! We’ll leave from the Rowing Club and enjoy the early signs of fall from a canoe. This is your last chance to get on the river before hanging up your paddle for the season!

For adults | $20 (Nonmembers: $25)

Saturday, October 6 | 1 - 3 p.m. Register

 

Washington Park Lagoon

Canoeing for Beginners
Canoeing on the Washington Park lagoon

The Washington Park Lagoon is a beautiful, calm and spacious body of water – a great place to learn the basics of canoeing! Learn how to choose the right equipment, boating safety and paddling technique, then practice with guidance from one of our trained educators. Perfect for those who are new to paddling or just want some more practice.

For adults and accompanied children age 6 and up | Adults: $10 (Nonmembers: $12) Children: $8 (Nonmembers: $10)

Saturday, August 25 | 10:30 a.m. to noon | Register

 

Fall Family Paddle at the Lagoon

Celebrate the coming of autumn with a relaxing afternoon paddle. Enjoy guided canoeing and nature activities around our beautiful lagoon. All skill levels welcome! Please register by Friday, September 14.

For adults and accompanied children | Adults: $6 (Nonmembers: $9) Children: $4 (Nonmembers: $6)

Saturday, September 15 | 1 to 3 p.m.Register

 

Canoe the Lagoon: Last Paddle of the Season

Join us for the very last canoe program of the season! We’ll paddle around the Washington Park Lagoon and enjoy the early signs of fall from our canoes. This is your last chance to get on the Washington Park Lagoon before hanging up your paddle for the season! All skill levels welcome.

For adults | $20 (Nonmembers: $25)

Saturday, October 6 | 1 - 3 p.m. Register

 

Colorful kayaks lined up on a riverbank

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Early Morning Bird Walks (Washington Park)

Washington Park

Wednesday, August 22nd

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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ROOT - Washington Park

Washington Park

Wednesday, August 22nd

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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