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Weeks of February 4th - 16th, 2019

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We are still deep in winter, even if the temperatures and snow melt today makes it feel a bit like spring. Visions of spring ephemeral wildflowers, like round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana), pop into my head on days like today! I begin to dream of working in my yard. 

Join us for our Native Landscaping 7-part series starting this week, February 7th! This class builds on itself, so it's okay to miss a class, but to get the full effect we recommend making it to all 7. Learn how to attract an amazing array of critters, birds and butterflies to your yard by designing and utilizing native Wisconsin plantings. 

Then see below for ROOT times, below, to come help us improve the habitat diversity at all three of our branches!

 

 

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Even though there is snow on the ground it is a wonderful time to make your landscaping plans for your yard! Learn to incorporate native plantings into your yard to benefit wildlife habitat. Even a tiny postage stamp sized yard can have a big impact!

Discover how to design and add native plants to your landscape in this 7-week Native Landscaping Workshop Series. You will learn the basics ofnative plants, how to measure and draw your existing yard, create a blueprint for your landscape, prepare your landscape and select native plants and supplies, along with tips for planting and maintenance. Each session is taught by Urban Ecology Center Land Stewardship staff and will have hands-on learning and/or discussion. Fee covers all 7 sessions.

Register Today!


As the season winds down, many of our seasonal ROOT opportunities are ending for the year. But, don't worry, they will begin up again in the spring! Check below for our current year-round ROOT times at each branch. 


Join the ROOT times (Restoring Our Outdoors Together) at each of our Urban Ecology Center branches each week to improve biodiversity, connect to the land and help restore and improve vital habitat and native Wisconsin plant community types!

ROOT Times: (ROOT may be cancelled if the temperatures are above 100F, below 0F or if there is thunder and lightening)

*Please, arrive dressed for the weather in clothes and shoes you don't mind getting dirty. What to expect this week:

Menomonee Valley ROOT: 
Seed cleaning! Help us clean the native seed we've collected this past growing season. The seed will be spread out on the land or propagated to grow new baby plants to help improve the biodiversity and genetic diveristy of the plants in our parks.

Thursdays 9-11am 

Washington Park ROOT: 
We will be working on buckthorn removal and creating fascines from the cut material. Don't know what a fascine is? Volunteer with Michaela and find out! Buckthorn is a woody invasive species quickly takes over in our wooded areas. The non-native berries are poor nutrient sources for our birds and other critters. Help us remove buckthorn to make space for future plantings of more high quality diverse native species. Seed cleaning will help us prepare to propagate new native plants to improve the biodiversity in our parks!

Tuesday 9-11am *NEW time for WP!

Wednesdays 9-11am  *Cancelled until spring

Riverside Park ROOT: 
Buckthorn removal, seed cleaning or tool maintenance. Help us clean the native seed we've collected this past growing season. The seed will be spread out on the land or propagated to grow new baby plants to help improve the biodiversity and genetic diveristy of the plants in our parks. Buckthorn and tool maintenance are also possibilities!

Tuesdays 9-11am 

Fridays 2-4pm


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Upcoming Events

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Snow&GO: School's Out Adventure Half-Day!

Riverside Park

Monday, February 18th

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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February Nature Rangers - Nature Art

Riverside Park

Monday, February 18th

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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