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Borrow our equipment this season!

Due to COVID restrictions and safety for our members & staff, our equipment lending program will offer watercraft and bikes only for contactless curbside pickup at our Riverside Park and Menomonee Valley branches at this time. Please see below for more information

Instead of buying or renting outdoor recreational equipment, why not borrow it from us? As part of your contributing membership benefits package, we loan out our canoes, kayaks, and bikes for FREE. This Equipment Lending benefit is exclusively available to contributing members of the Urban Ecology Center. You're not a member of the Urban Ecology Center? Then join today!

$60 - Family (benefits for two adults, all children or grandchildren under 18 in a household, one guest)

$50 - Individual (benefits for one individual member plus one guest)

Contributions above $60 receive family level benefits and help advance our mission even further!

Join or Renew

Not sure if your membership is up to date? Call our Membership Department at (414) 626-8568.

When can I borrow equipment?

We are now offering Saturday only or Saturday to Tuesday loans through Our Riverside Park branch and Friday to Monday loans through our Menomonee Valley branch. Pickups are only by equipment reserved ahead of time: Saturday pick-ups at Riverside and Friday pick-ups at Menomonee Valley.How does contactless curbside lending work?

  1. Become a member
  2. Reserve your equipment online 
  3. Click here to download instructions. Questions about making a reservation? Contact us at (414) 626-8527 or (414) 626-8454.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email with pick up instructions and waiver that must be signed every time you borrow equipment
  5. On the day of your pick up, arrive at your scheduled pickup time and location. Stay in your vehicle and call Riverside Park (414) 626-8527 or Menomonee Valley (414) 626-8454. Have your credit card ready to pay a $20 refundable security deposit over the phone.
  6. Follow instructions staff will give you over the phone for where to grab equipment.
  7. Masks are required for all onsite loading, pick up or drop off. Please be conscious of socially distancing if others are around.
  8. Go have fun and enjoy equipment!
  9. Bring the equipment back to the same location you picked up at your scheduled drop off time and day, making sure it's in the same condition it was when you borrowed it.
  10. Post pictures of your adventures #myuec and tell your friends about it.
  11. Repeat.

Want to borrow a boat?

Each boat must have one person 18 or older who has viewed the Virtual Watercraft Lending Orientation video and taken our quiz. For your convenience, you can do this ahead of time to prepare for your reservation.

Just watch the video below, then click the link at the end to take the quiz. If you have any questions, please contact our Visitor Services Staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to help!

Don't forget to take the quiz!

Need help loading that boat on top of your car? Please bring a friend with you. UEC staff are not allowed to help.

Here are some tips for success:

Reserve online ahead of time! Our boats and bikes are popular and equipment goes fast – make sure you are reserving online ahead of time.

Check equipment status. Check to make sure you have everything you need and that the equipment is in good working order before you leave the Center.

Ask for advice! Need advice on where to go or how to use the equipment? Check out our website. 

Why do you lend your equipment?

We offer this unique and exceptional benefit to our members for three main reasons:

We want to get you outside!
We love helping people have positive outdoor experiences and want to make it easy for you.

We hear the landfills are just filled with old snowshoes and gardening tools.
As a way to limit consumption, we provide our equipment lending program to encourage the use of shared resources in our community.

We don't have sugar.
Remember when you had to borrow a cup of sugar (or milk, or doughnuts) from your neighbor? Well, just substitute "kayak" for "cup of sugar." We're really just trying to be a good neighbor. A neighbor who shares lots of stuff.

What can I borrow?

Click below for a complete list of equipment available to borrow at each of our three branches. *Not all equipment will be available during this time due to COVID restrictions.

How much can I borrow with my Contributing Membership?
Click here to get more information!

For more information, tips, and resources about specific types of equipment, please select one of the options on the list to the right.


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