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Wednesday, 20 October 2021 11:21

Adventure Days for Kids 2022

AdventureDaysForKids

School's out — time to play! Adventure Days are full of fun, learning, and seasonal exploration. Investigate the natural world at an Adventure Day!

For grades 1st - 6th. 


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February Adventure Day

Monday, February 14th, 2022 | 9 am - 4 pm | Riverside Park

School is out – time to play! Snow or no snow we’ll have a blast enjoying the cold! You’ll love a day filled with cross country skiing, snowshoe hikes, a scavenger hunt, and nature-based crafts. Please bring a bag lunch, wear a mask, and dress appropriately for the weather. Space is limited and registration is required.

Register here for February Adventure Day


Spring Adventure Day – Survival Challenge

Monday, March 28, 2022 | 9 am - 4 pm | Riverside Park

School is out – time to play! Take advantage of the spring break and join us for a whole day of outdoor fun! Are you up for a survival challenge? Spend time making your own shelter, building a fire, and learning how to find your way in the woods. Participants will learn new skills, make new friends, and create a fun craft. Pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch, a water bottle, and a couple of masks!

Register here for Survival Challenge


Spring Adventure Day - Animals in Spring

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | 9 am - 4 pm | Menomonee Valley

92970385 998D 446B B349 B88FF8F5979FSchool is out – time to play! Which birds migrate back to Milwaukee in spring? When do chipmunks wake up from hibernation? Meet the plants and animals of Menomonee Valley and use your five senses to learn about the changes Milwaukee species undergo in this new season. We’ll encourage exploration and inquiry through hikes, games, crafts & more! Pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch, a water bottle, and a couple of masks!

Register here for Animals in Spring


Spring Adventure Day - Nature Designers

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 9 am - 4 pm | Menomonee Valley

School is out – time to play! Explore our various ecosystems around the Menomonee Valley as we look for natural items to create our very own projects! Design and engineer your own mini boat or raft, play games, and bring home homemade journals and crafts to recount your day! Dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch, a water bottle, and a couple of masks!

Register here for Nature Designers


Spring Adventure Day - Outdoor Exploration

Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 9 am - 4 pm | Washington Park

School is out – time to play! Looking for the ultimate experience outdoors? Spend the day outside learning new games, fishing, hiking & more! We’ll encourage exploration and inquiry through outdoor play, nature skills, games & more! Dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch, a water bottle, and a couple of masks!

Register here for Outdoor Exploration

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Spring Adventure Day - Outdoor Sports

Friday, April 1, 2022 | 9 am - 4 pm | Washington Park

School is out – time to play! Practice teamwork and join the fun, as we organize a day of outdoor sports and games! We’ll hike or cycle, create an obstacle course, complete a scavenger hunt, and more! Dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch, a water bottle, and a couple of masks!

Register here for Outdoor Sports


Spring Adventure Day - Earth Champions

Monday, April 18, 2022 | 9 am - 4 pm | Riverside Park

School is out – time to play! Learn how to take care of our planet as we get closer to Earth Day! Join us to build shelters, learn the Leave No Trace practices of camping, plant some early spring seeds, and head out on an orienteering course! Dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch, a water bottle, and a couple masks!

Register here for Earth Champions


Questions about Adventure Days?

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Monday, 01 February 2021 10:53

Making the Most of February

I’ve always thought that February feels like the longest month of the year. I know technically it’s the shortest, but after two months of winter cold and a lack of sunshine, the novelty of winter has worn off, and February’s ruthless assault of cold weather gets old fast. I always felt trapped inside my house while waiting for warmer weather when I could go finally enjoy the outdoors again.

Then I joined the Urban Ecology Center. The community here has a shocking enthusiasm for getting outdoors - even in the long stretches of February!

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 14:45

Nine Songs for the Earth

Hey everyone; Van from the Washington Park UEC here. This month, I want to share with you some music that our earth and our climate inspired. Music is one of the most popular mediums to share our ideas and emotions as a human race. This is a list of 9 of my favorite songs about the earth and its people (in no particular order).

The flavors of Thanksgiving are always something to celebrate, even if the holiday looks a little different this year. Family recipes can carry stories from Thanksgivings past, which is especially important this year. If this year is time to make some new memories, gather up your household and try recreating some of these dishes!

These dishes take holiday classics and make simple adjustments to accommodate smaller groups!

Friday, 06 November 2020 10:28

Watersheds and Sewersheds

It is that time of the year when the trees and other plants change the pigments in their leaves. The reds, yellows, and oranges (no, not the fruit) make the outdoors like a painting. On top of that, the temperatures are starting to take a dip into the chilly end of the weather pool. Don’t get me started on the snow. Let us push that back as much as possible for now. One weather phenomena that still sticks around throughout the entire year is rain.

Monday, 02 November 2020 14:03

Why are the trees brighter than I remember?

Have you noticed that the leaves have changed into brighter colors then you remember them being in the past? If you haven’t, go take a walk outside and see what you think about the leaf color. The reason that some years the colors of leaves seem brighter than others is because of the temperature and cloud cover. For the leaves to get bright, they need several warm sunny days followed by nights where it does not freeze. If this happens continually then it will be a good year for reds and bright leaves.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 11:08

Six Spooky Snacks

These snacks are spooky… but their ingredients aren’t! Six healthy, easy to make treats that both kids and grownups can enjoy. These creepy-crawly creations may not bite... but you certainly will!

October is the perfect time for all things that wriggle, slither and crawl. Whether it be a fun addition to your kid’s lunch box, or a frightening prank on your family and friends, these snacks are a great way to celebrate the spooky season.

Thursday, 15 October 2020 10:49

Ten Tips for a Ten Mile Hike

As part of our annual HKE MKE event this past month, I had the opportunity to lead a Ten Mile Hike along the west and east bank of the Milwaukee River, throughout the Milwaukee River Greenway corridor and into 11 different county parks. We saw fall flowers in full bloom, leaves just starting to turn red, salmon anglers sharing the river with migrating waterfowl, and even a small herd of deer not 30 yards from the trail in Estabrook Park. It was an amazing hike, and I would invite you to try it for yourself sometime. Before you go, be prepared! I’m sharing our Ten Tips for a Ten Mile Hike that you can use for your next urban adventure.

The Urban Ecology Center is an environmental community center with the mission to connect people in cities to nature and each other. Our members are a key component of this mission and an example that everyone can join together in this endeavor. With your help, we connect kids to local green spaces through school partnerships, to environmental science through internships, and to sustainable learning opportunities. This valued support also allows us to protect and enhance public green spaces to make them safe, accessible and vibrant for everyone. In addition to contributing support to our mission, Besides giving to us, members receive unique benefits that help them to be an active, engaged, healthy and eco-conscious member of our community.

Friday, 15 February 2019 11:36

Spring Programs

Woman climbing rock wall in Riverside Park

Join us outdoors this spring! The Urban Ecology Center is excited to offer a variety of outdoor springtime activities. Check out our programs below. 

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Biking

Biking the Hank Aaron State Trail

Welcome warmer weather with a bike ride along the Hank Aaron State Trail. Learn about the history of the trail and its role in Three Bridges Park. For intermediate to experienced riders.

For adults and accompanied children

Program Cost: $28 | Member Discount: $20 | Price Break: $14

Sat. May 4 | 10 a.m. to noon | Menomonee Valley | Register

Climbing

Climbing for Beginners

Breathe the fresh air while learning how to climb our three story open-air rock wall. All equipment is provided and trained belayers are on hand to assist.

For adults and accompanied children

Program Cost: $28 | Member Discount: $20 | Price Break: $14

Sun. May 12 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Riverside Park Register

Sun. May 19 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Riverside Park Register

Sun. May 26 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Riverside Park Register

 

Canoeing

Canoeing for Beginners

The Washington Park Lagoon is a beautiful, calm and spacious body of water – a great place to learn the basics of paddling! 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

Program Cost: $28 | Member Discount: $20 | Price Break: $14

Wed. May 15 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Washington Park | 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. See you on the river!

For adults and teens

Program Cost: $36 | Member Discount: $25 | Price Break: $17

Sun. May 12 | 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Register

Sun. May 26 | 9:00 - 11:30 p.m. | Register

 

Full Moon Canoe

Paddle down the Milwaukee River with UWM’s Planetarium Director, Jean Creighton. While enjoying the full moon above you’ll learn about our nearest celestial neighbor, other exotic moons in the solar system, and more intriguing objects scattered through space from an expert astronomer. Meet at the Milwaukee Rowing Club Boathouse (1990 N Commerce St.).

For adults and teens

Program Cost: $40 | Member Discount: $30 | Price Break: $20

Fri. May 17 | 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. | Register

Sat. May 18 | 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. | Register


 Remember, you can always create your own adventure this spring by borrowing our outdoor equipment! Become a UEC member for free access to canoes, kayaks, camping gear, and so much more.

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