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Thursday, 06 December 2018 12:49

Reuse, Recycle, Recommit!

Whether you are one of the more than 100 million Amazon Prime members or an avid in-store purchaser, the holidays can rack up a lot of extra cardboard and packaging material quickly. Here’s how to spread holiday cheer while keeping Mother Earth in mind. Let's commit to a more earth-friendly holiday season!

Friday, 16 November 2018 13:01

Winter Adventure Day

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School's out! Join us for a whole day of winter fun, learning, and adventure. Choose from one of three sessions, each with a different theme and age group. Scroll for details!

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Winter Adventure Day: Survival Challenge 

Friday, December 21 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | For Grades 4 - 6 | Riverside Park

Pick your price: Program Cost - $75 | Member Discount - $54 | Price Break - $35

Would you know how to survive a Wisconsin winter in the wild? Spend the day learning how to start a fire, build a shelter, cook a meal over a campfire and winter survival skills. Dress for the weather and bring a bag lunch.



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Winter Adventure Day: Animals in Winter 

Thursday, December 27 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | For Grades 1 - 3 | Menomonee Valley

Pick your price: Program Cost - $75 | Member Discount - $54 | Price Break - $35

We'll learn about different ways animals survive the winter, from building shelters to hiding food. We'll explore the various habitats of winter animals, the shelters they use, and perhaps build some of our own. Dress for the weather and bring a bag lunch.



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Winter Adventure Day: Outdoor Sports 

Friday, December 28 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | For Grades 3 - 5 | Washington Park

Pick your price: Program Cost - $75 | Member Discount - $54 | Price Break - $35

Snow or no snow, we'll have a blast enjoying the cold! From cross country skiing to snowshoeing to completing a scavenger hunt, we'll do it all! Dress for the weather and bring a bag lunch.


Friday, 16 November 2018 09:42

Snow Programs

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Don't get stuck inside this winter! Join us outdoors. The Urban Ecology Center is excited to offer a variety of outdoor winter activities! Check out our programs below. 

View by activity:  Cross Country Skiing | Showshoeing | Snow n' Go

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing for Beginners

Don’t get stuck inside this winter - give cross country skiing a try! We’ll provide the gear and the instruction that’ll have you hitting the slopes in no time. Be sure to dress in layers.

For adults and accompanied children

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

Sat. Jan. 5 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Washington Park Register

Sat. Jan. 19 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Menomonee Valley | Register 

Sat. Feb. 9 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.| Riverside Park | Register 



Snowshoeing for Beginners
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Learn the basics of snowshoeing and enjoy snowy hikes this winter! All equipment provided. Make sure to dress in layers and wear waterproof footwear.

For adults and accompanied children

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

Sat. Jan. 12 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Riverside Park | Register 

Sat. Feb. 2 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Washington Park | Register 

Sat. Feb. 16 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m| Menomonee Valley | Register 


Snow n' Go

Snow n' Go Facebook Group A kid and adult sledding

We have lot of winter fun planned here at the Urban Ecology Center, but our random Wisconsin weather patterns don't always grace us with the snow we need. To make the most of the snow when it it does fall, the Snow & Go group will alert members to any spontaneous winter antics we whip up!

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, even skating on the Washington Park lagoon if the ice is safe! Join the Snow & Go group to stay updated on winter fun that pops up when the snow flies.

Join the Snow n' Go Facebook group here

 Remember, you can always create your own adventure this winter by borrowing our outdoor equipment! Become a UEC member for free access to snowshoes, cross country skis, sleds, and so much more.

Friday, 07 September 2018 12:28

The Hidden Gems of Equipment Lending

Our equipment lending membership benefit is well known as a way for people to get outside by borrowing canoes, kayaks, bikes, and tents. However, there are so many more types of recreational equipment our members can borrow! Today, I’d like to highlight some of the “hidden gems” of our equipment lending program that you, our members, can borrow for free anytime!

Winter: a simple word that has the ability to quickly put either a smile or a frown on your face. To many, winter is a much anticipated season with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Yet to others, winter can be a “yucky” time where you find yourself running from one building to the other trying to avoid the cold. For many of our students, winter can simply mean a time when you stay indoors.

It is precisely those students who I love spending time with during our school field trips, since I myself felt that way not too long ago.

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, 28 November 2017 09:14

Winter Fun at the Urban Ecology Center

The weather is cooling down, the days are short, and perhaps your little ones are starting to go a bit stir crazy… or maybe the old office job has you down and feeling like you LITERALLY NEVER see the sun anymore?! Should you find yourself (or your family) coming down with some serious cabin fever as fall freezes over into the first frosts of winter, don’t hesitate to drop on by your neighborhood Urban Ecology Center for indoor and outdoor winter fun!

First, bundle up and get all your wiggles out climbing, hiking, playing, and exploring outside in one of our three parks. You might find frenzied squirrels busy burying their hoard of nuts. Or maybe some sparkly icy dewdrops glittering the landscape. If there’s snow, all the merrier! Make your best snowman, snow angel, or test your aim in a snowball fight.

The bitter cold of Milwaukee winters makes it difficult for many to stay active and have any interest in leaving the house to enjoy the outdoors.

Since I joined the Outdoor Leader program at the Urban Ecology Center this summer, I've come to understand that this place can make it possible to have fun outdoors in any weather. I have never considered myself to be a 'winter person,' often opting to stay cuddled up in a blanket on the couch once the temperature drops below 20 degrees.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 09:00

It’s Easy to Start Your Year off Well!

Keeping New Year’s resolutions can be hard. Especially if one of your resolutions is to be active outdoors the middle of a season that usually keeps us indoors. I’ve learned that finding a group of people with similar interests can help get me going. So, if you’re aiming to start your year with more exercise, less stress and more meaningful time with family, we can connect you with others to help you along. Soon the resolution will become a part of your usual routine.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:00

Winterfest Returns to Washington Park!

Winter took its time getting here this year, but it definitely showed up ready to go! In a matter of days, Washington Park became covered in beautiful snow, and things are lining up beautifully for our annual Winterfest!

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