What We Do


The nationally recognized Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP)’s innovative approach to environmental education offers a unique opportunity for you to supplement your science curricula.  With NEEP, schools partner with the Urban Ecology Center for an entire year, transforming the experience from just another field trip to a permanent outdoor classroom where you can reinforce science concepts taught in class with hands-on outdoor activities during multiple visits.

Our science-based programs range from basic wildlife and ecology studies, to the physics of sound and light, to simple machines, to energy, to recycling.  At a time when physical education programs are being cut, the Center also offers valuable kinesthetic learning opportunities, including rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, snow shoeing and ice skating.  Our custom designed programs meet the needs and desires of the teachers and school districts.

For more information

To find out more about why the Urban Ecology Center is more than just a field trip site, contact Lynn Anders, Environmental Education Manager, (414) 964-8505, x125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Recognition for NEEP

The National Environmental Education Advancement Project selected the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project as one of the most unique and effective programs in the state, inviting us to share our model with five different urban regions in Wisconsin.

Environmental Education Sponsorship Opportunities

The Urban Ecology Center relies on community sponsors to help provide terrific programming to schools. Each school contributes a portion of the cost for a NEEP contract and generous donors and corporate partners contribute the remainder. Contact our Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager, Aria Duax, at (414) 964-8505, x136 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you or your organization would like to become a NEEP sponsor.   

For the 2017-2018 year, the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP) was supported by*:

Antonia Foundation
Argosy Foundation
BMO Harris Bank
Brady Corporation
Charles D. Ortgiesen Foundation
Colectivo Coffee
Dorothy Inbusch Foundation, Inc.
Eaton Corporation
Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors Youth Foundation
Greater Milwaukee Foundation: ELM II Fund
Harley-Davidson Foundation, Inc.
Herzfeld Foundation
Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation, Inc.
Johnson Controls Foundation, Inc.
Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Foundation, Inc
Kohl’s Hometown Giving
Komatsu Mining Corp.
Maihaugen Foundation
New Belgium Brewing Company
Pentair Foundation
Pilot Club of Milwaukee
Puelicher Foundation, Inc.
Ralph Evinrude Foundation
Rexnord Foundation
Rockwell Automation
Steigleder Charitable Trust
Terri and Verne Holoubek Family Foundation
U.S. Bank Foundation
U.S. Forest Service
We Energies Foundation

*Last updated 7/12/18

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Early Morning Bird Walks (Riverside Park)

Riverside Park

Thursday, July 18th

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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ROOT - Menomonee Valley

Menomonee Valley

Thursday, July 18th

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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