What We Do

What We Do

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At the Urban Ecology Center’s three locations the wonders of the outdoors bring curious people together. Our programs bring our city’s children and families into nature and as a result our urban parks are safe to visit, our kids are acquiring the science skills they need to succeed, and adults keep on learning about how our changing world around us works.

The Urban Ecology Center provides year-round educational programs for kids, families and adults of all ages. The cornerstone program is the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project serving kids in 60 urban Milwaukee schools each year. This program enables students to take a walk in the woods, stand in a river in hip waders, or run along the beach at Lake Michigan when they might not have other opportunities to do so.

The school program is complemented by after school programs, summer camps and weekend activities designed to involve, inspire, educate and connect kids to each other, to caring mentors, and to the natural world around them.

In addition to NEEP we offer even more programs for you and your family:

  • Urban Adventures
  • Weekend youth and family programs
  • High School Outdoor Leader program
  • Adult summer internships
  • Community Science research projects
  • Volunteer activities
  • Equipment lending for members
  • and more!

Open seven days a week and on many evenings (open hours vary by location), the Center is there when you are ready to visit. Explore our website, find us on Facebookfollow us on Instagram,  and join the more than 200,000 people who visit our parks and participate in Center offerings each year. Come on over and get outside with us!


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