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One of my favorite things is to roll into Riverside Park on a fall day and hear the crunch of leaves under my tires. From the paved oak circle to the crushed limestone path along the Milwaukee River, my power wheelchair and I are a team looking for everything that being in nature brings.

As an employee of the UEC, I'm super proud of our commitment to providing experiences that bring everyone as far into urban nature as they are willing to go. Together we've learned that sometimes all it takes to increase access to nature for people with disabilities is ingenuity, curiosity and a sense of adventure.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 16:01

Secret Lives

As I look longingly over the Menomonee Valley river basin currently radiating with spring promise, I am reminded of last week’s bitter rain and our dashed hopes of seeing the season's first Red-winged Blackbird. But spring’s sweet whispers delivered on the high note of a cardinal’s song today again brought hope that spring was still on its way.

But, what if we weren’t driven by hope but by some kind of undeniable intuition or reverberating internal awareness? How does a wild animal adapt during an unpredictable Wisconsin winter?

Sunday, 25 February 2018 11:18

Our Loss is Milwaukee's Gain

We have a lot to be proud of here in our city. Milwaukee is at the forefront of US and global urban environmental initiatives, positioning itself as a world class eco-city. The city signed on to the international environmental principals of the Paris Accord. The United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All recognized Milwaukee for its innovative approaches through public-private partnerships that speed up implementation of efficient buildings. We’re the only city in the US contributing to this global effort.

Along with Milwaukee’s growing initiatives this year came a big change for the Urban Ecology Center.

Friday, 29 December 2017 12:15

Stories of the UEC

In our December 2017 Weekly Guide emails we introduced our supporters and friends to some people they helped connect to the outdoors. We think their stories are pretty awesome so we put them together in case you missed any of the updates. Experience the Urban Ecology Center through the videos below. You'll find a determined teen, a budding butterfly scientist, a Menomonee Valley family, and one of our monthly donors.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:04

Your Winter Living Room

As the first snow flurries fell back in November, we hosted a breakfast tour to promote work of the Center. With a fire crackling in the wood stove of Riverside Park, the group had the opportunity to see an elementary school class slide into the building; boisterous laughter and chatter, followed by a miraculous corralling of the kids into a circle by our educators. With the kids now paying perfect attention, the educators say, “This is your Urban Ecology Center. Come back whenever you’d like!”

Feeling the tangible energy in the room, one tour attendee commented, “I’m going to come here and just read a book. What a wonderful place to be.”

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:57

Eco I Do - Green Wedding Expo

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When

Sunday February 18th 2018 (10am - 3pm)

Highlights

Join us at Eco I Do – A Green Wedding Expo at the Urban Ecology Center Riverside Park! While you’re planning your big day to say “I Do” - don’t forget to ask what you can do to make your wedding eco!

Cost

Tickets are $8/individual $12/couple – available in advance or at the door.

Raffle / Door Prizes:

Family Membership for the UEC

Pre-Wedding Canoe Trip for the couple and up to 6 friends anywhere in SE WI (lunch included)

50% off a planning package donated by Veronica Rose Wedding Planning

Gift basket with local and sustainable treats from our vendors and local businesses

Gift basket and gift certificate from The Noble

 

Register Today!

Workshops

We will be hosting unique and engaging workshops to help share information about environmentally conscious weddings – the how and the why. Get a basic understanding of what a “green” wedding is and how to host one. We will also be hosting a workshop on native plant/locally-grown flower sourcing for wedding bouquets and décor and why this is important. A few other workshops will also be available for participants on food choices and DIY décor! 

Schedule

11am Green Weddings 101

12pm Honeymoon with a Purpose

1pm Sustainable Bouquets

2pm Green Weddings 101

Organic Arts will be performing at 10:30am (David Drake) & 11:30am (LIBRA)

Dream City Strings will be playing at 12:30pm

Vendors

Meet local caterers and vendors who will help you design a wedding as unique, unforgettable, and environmentally-savvy as you are as a couple! 

Willoway Farms

Cream City Ribbon

Veronica Rose Wedding Planner

Floral Alchemy

Jeff McAvoy Art & Design

Purple Door

Bar Stars

Tall Guy and a Grill

August Sweets, LLC

Wood Violet

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Dream City Music, LLC

Miss Molly's Café

Ball N Biscuit Catering

Taylight

Bel Air Cantina

Chillwaukee

Organic Arts 

Dreamcatcher Destinations

Alt's Antiques

Compost Crusader

 

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Wedding at Riverside Park. Photo: Jason Worrell Photography

 

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Reception at the Urban Ecology Center Riverside ParkPhoto: Little Giant Photography

 

Do you have questions about this event?

Contact: MaryBeth Kressin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Sponsors

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Tall Guy and a Grill

 

Willoway Farms

Cream City Ribbon

Veronica Rose Wedding Planner

Jeff McAvoy/invitations

Purple Door

BarStars

August Sweets, LLC

Wood Violet

Miss Molly's Café

Ball N Biscuit

Friday, 11 May 2018 09:37

Improvements on the Oak Leaf Trail

The Oak Leaf Trail is my regular bike commute route from home to work and back. The morning commute is an especially quiet and beautiful experience from the morning a whitetail deer ran alongside me for 50 meters to watching the continuous show of wild geraniums in the spring through scarlet colored sumac in the fall. 

A former Chicago-Northwest Railway line, I sometimes imagine what it would have been like to witness those locomotives flying past. In the 1930s, the “400” trains that rumbled along this route were the fastest long-distance passenger trains in the world! The 400 train was named for the route distance of 400 miles between St. Paul, MN and Chicago, IL which it could cover in 400 minutes.

Thursday, 23 November 2017 14:52

See For Yourself - We're All in This Together

Thank you for your support! You are helping teach kids and adults the mysteries of nature, tranform acres of urban land into beautiful green spaces and provide healthy habitats for plants and animals. After all, we're all in this together!

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 11:48

All for One and One for All

We talk a lot about the impact of the work you help us do, as we should, because it’s impressive. Together we’re improving academic performance in our students. Community pride abounds. Crime is diminished. Land is healed. Jobs are created and a whole lot of learning happens. Kids, who would be inside watching a screen are outside in nature laughing, learning, and playing.

I am incredibly thankful for all we have done together, and while I can talk all day of our accomplishments, this article is a little different.

Thursday, 27 July 2017 10:15

A New Inhabitant In Riverside Park

Occasionally the Research and Community Science team has a find so cool that we can’t stop ourselves from sharing it. Back in 2006 I started a mammal monitoring project at Riverside Park to document the park’s population, and recently we recorded the most glorious find I have ever experienced at the UEC!

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