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URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER INC
May 6, 2010

The UEC brings together so many different elements for me it is difficult to describe its impact on the Greater Milwaukee community. Truly a neighborhood based organization that has primary mission of bringing inner city kids to nature, the UEC is a model for cities everywhere that want citizens to get out and appreciate the out of doors. Sustainability and enjoyment of the world around us in an urban setting has blossomed into a huge, multi-faceted set of programs serving all parts of the community from bird watching to snowshoe

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

dealing with inner city kids who are truly turned on by nature - in their own neighborhood! The Teen Adventure Challenge got these kids into canoes on the river, biking along Milwaukee's historic oak leaf trail and really having fun in the outdoors.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

wandering through the snow-covered park on a candlelit path and reading poetry to others with my daughter.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

positive, cheerful, well-informed (many expert in their fields - plant biologists, naturalists, animal experts, etc) and willing to work to make the offerings better. A great group of people across the board.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

grow and replicate the model across other urban centers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I worked each Saturday morning in Riverside Park either clearing brush, planting natives species, or simple clean up of the park. I also volunteered at the seasonal events by reading poetry during the Walk in the Woods (Winter Solstice), or the CSA fair .