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Current Research & Community Science Schedule


Weeks of August 12th - August 25th

Welcome to the Research and Community Science bi-weekly schedule! Please check our calander to keep track of all the research and community science programs happening each week during the busy summer field season. From invertebrates to vertebrates, our repetoire of summer programming is sure to offer something for everyone. Whether you're a beginner or an expert scientist, we invite you to participate in our community science program offerings. We welcome volunteers of all ages and experience levels. Please contact Maggie Steinhauer at mThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in learning more about these opportunities. 

With August comes the humidity and heat! However that does stop us from finding lots of monarch eggs and monarchs alike. We have had over a dozen species of odonates this season and hope to document many more. These lazy hot summer days are surely ideal for those dragonflies and damselflies. Come on out and enjoy the summer with us and the animals that call our parks home!

Please join us at 7:30pm on August 19th at our Riverside Park branch for an evening with our nocturnal creatures. If you can't make that one, we will be offering another chance to explore the wonders of the night at Menomonee Valley branch at 7:30pm. You will have the opportunity to help us monitor the bats, fireflies and frogs in the park. See you there!

Registration for Belize is still open!! Scroll to the bottom of the page for additional information. This is a trip that you don't want to miss out on!

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 The City of Milwaukee has officially been accepted for being a High Flyer Bird City for the 7th year in a row. This program is very similiar to Tree City USA, but Bird City is well, for birds! By being recognized as a High Flyer Bird City, means that Milwaukee is a leader in creating bird friendly habitat, providing educational programs on birds, and much more. To learn more, please check out the Bird City website. There are many organizations involved that have helped make Milwaukee a High Flyer Bird City. Be sure to support and thank all those involved! More information about why Milwaukee has been designated as a High Flyer Bird City, can be found here.


Due to poor weather and poor health for this very long spring and winter, several of the Naturalist Choice Field Trips have been canceled. If you have registered for a field trip that has been canceled or if you have any questions regarding your registration, please email Tim Vargo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. However, please join us for the Naturalist Choice Field Trip on September 7th for a canoe trip! The field trip content will depend on what interesting events are happening in the Milwaukee area. The location and activities will vary based on mother nature. Please email Tim Vargo with any questions about this field trip: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to see you out there!


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Our three interns are hard at work. Russel Mason, Vanessa Komada, and Ashley Wallace are our three fabulous interns. They would love to work out in the field with you, so feel free to tag along! 

Happy Researching! - Maggie, Ethan, Tim, Ashley, Vanessa, and Russell!!




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We are still accepting participants for our upcoming trip to Belize!

Belize is a wonderful place to travel for it's plethora of flora and fauna. Come travel to one of the most diverse places in the world. There will plenty of opportunities to go birding, caving and to explore the numerous wonders of Belize. This immersive experience is truly a trip of a lifetime with the best experts guiding the way throughout.

Registration closes on August 31st, so be sure to sign up before it's too late! For more information on the trip please visit the website. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope to see you this Feburary for a truly spectacular trip!


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Riverside Park Volunteer Orientation

Riverside Park

Monday, August 19th

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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Canoe & Brew

Rowing Club

Monday, August 19th

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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