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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 09:47

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food!

I have every intent to cook healthy, delicious, well-balanced meals for Josh (my husband) and Jude (my two-year old) but every time I venture off to the grocery store I end up with the same ingredients. I swear I make every effort to stop by the produce section and examine all of the colorful fruits and vegetables. I often admire those fearless shoppers who throw jalapenos, bok choy and kale in their carts. They seem brave. They seem to know what they are doing.

Monday, 28 January 2019 13:05

Eco I Do (and so do they!)

Once upon a summer day in 2016, an Urban Ecology Center member named Marybeth (same name – but not me!) decided to borrow a canoe through our equipment lending program and go out to explore the Milwaukee River. She knew that a week from then, she was going on a first date with a close friend and wanted it to be special. After that test run she decided to have their date on the river - an intimate time together in nature.

Friday, 04 January 2019 10:40

Join Our Crew of Animal Care Volunteers!

My most memorable “nature moments” as a kid involved close encounters with animals: meeting live snakes at Riverbend Nature Center in my hometown of Racine, encountering bighorn sheep on a family trip to Badlands National Park, going fishing in lakes in Northern Wisconsin. At the Urban Ecology Center, our mission is to connect people to nature, and providing interactions with animals is one of the most visceral ways we do that.

Monday, 05 November 2018 12:18

Eco I Do - Green Wedding Expo

Eco I Do Green Wedding Expo 2019

Sunday, February 17, 2019 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Before you say "I do", come to ECO I DO! Learn how to host an environmentally friendly wedding from local and eco-friendly caterers, florists and rental companies. Try samples, talk with local businesses to find out about their green initiatives. We'll also have workshops on a variety of eco-friendly wedding topics.

Register for Eco I Do

Workshops

We will be hosting unique and engaging workshops to help share information about environmentally conscious weddings – the how and the why.

Green Weddings 101 @12pm

Get a basic understanding of what a “green” wedding is and how to host one.

The Sustainable Bouquet @ 1pm

Learn about native plant/locally-grown flower sourcing for wedding bouquets and décor and why this is important.

Compost your Gathering @ 2pm

Whether it is a backyard system, community compost site or commercial compost setting, there is always a way to make your event more sustainable. We will go over the pros/cons of each way so you can choose the option that works best for you. Share your sustainability passion with your guests in a way that is empowering and not demanding! Workshop led by Melissa Tashjian from Compost Crusader

Recyclable DIY décor & centerpieces, live music, door prizes and more!

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:

August Sweets, LLC
Ball N Biscuit Catering
Bar Stars
Center for Biological Diversity - Population and Sustainability Program
Dream City Music
Lindsay Stayton Photography
My Family Roots Catering
Nibbles
On The Bus / MKE Photo Bus
PM Photo MKE
Pour, Inc.
Tall Guy and a Grill Catering
Veronica Rose Wedding & Event Planning
Willoway Farm
Wood Violet Floral Design

... and more to come! Check back often for the most up-to-date list. 

Join Us!

Tickets available in advance or at the door.

Pick Your Price: Ticket Cost $10 | Member Cost $8 | Price Break $6

Register for Eco I Do Today!

 

 

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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

 

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.”

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.

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