Mission: The Urban Ecology Center fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for positive change, neighborhood by neighborhood.
Our Environmental Community Centers:
Provide outdoor science education for urban youth. Protect and use public natural areas, making them safe, accessible and vibrant. Preserve and enhance these natural areas and their surrounding waters. Promote community by offering resources that support learning, recreation, stewardship and camaraderie.
Geographic areas served: Milwaukee, WI
Programs: Provide outdoor science education for urban youth. The urban ecology center partners with schools to provide 24 half-day field trips annually which provide hands-on science and environmental education programs designed to complement the schools' science curricula and connect students to the natural world in the city of milwaukee. Preschool, after school and summer camp programs complement the school program throughout the year. Over 31,000 children were served through these educational programs.
promote community by offering resources that support learning, volunteerism, stewardship, recreation and camaraderie. The urban ecology center's active community centers engage adults, youth and families in opportunities to connect with each other through programming and volunteer opportunities. 24,000 youth and adults participated in community programs such as birthday parties and festivals. An additional 22,000 people visited our centers through unstructured activities and 14,000 people visited as part of facility rental events. Our robust volunteer program served 5,174 volunteers.
protect and use public natural areas, making them safe, accessible and vibrant. The center's citizen science program has turned a once crime-ridden park into a field research site for local colleges and universities. A variety of research opportunities are available to the public, including surveys of birds, bats, mammals, turtles, etc. , as well as vegetation surveys and park use surveys. Urban adventures provides canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, rock climbing, skiing and biking outings. Over 12,000 adults and youth participated in these program offerings.
prepare land for future mission impact. Preserve and enhance public natural areas and their surrounding waters. Practice and model environmentally responsible behaviors.
The Urban Ecology has transformed a neighborhood and a natural area in the heart of the city and made it a safe and accessible place. I feel safe hiking and biking alone in an area I would never have considered venturing alone 20 years ago. I love to visit the UEC with my children to play, sled, snowshoe, hike, visit the animal room or just hang out. I also enjoy going there alone to concentrate on projects away from home and to fly my kite from the lookout tower. It is a good place to recharge! The UEC staff are warm and caring folks and can really engage children and adults alike in the wonders of nature and in the ways of living lightly on the planet.