7 Great Events at the Urban Ecology Center This Month

The Urban Ecology Center is a natural oasis in the bustling city of Milwaukee. Check out some fun upcoming events to help you reconnect with nature and have some summer fun. 

1. Sunset Kayak on the Washington Park Lagoon 

JULY 15 FROM 7-9 P.M. | WASHINGTON PARK  

There’s no need to rock the boat at this event. Enjoy a relaxing kayaking excursion with family and friends this weekend. This event is open to teens and adults. Register now for $12. 

2. Boats and Brewed Coffee 

JULY 16 FROM 9:30-11:30 A.M. | WASHINGTON PARK  

Start your morning off right with fresh coffee, pastries and a scenic canoe or kayak trip around Washington Park Lagoon. Attendees must register ahead of time. The event is $16 per person.  

3. Adult Summer Camp 

JULY 17 FROM 3-7 P.M. | RIVERSIDE PARK  

Who said summer camps are just for kids? At this one, you must be 21 or older to enter. New Belgium Brewery is teaming up with the Urban Ecology Center to create an epic outdoorsy summer experience. You can go rock climbing, paddling on the river, taste different beers and more! Register now for $60. 

4. Monarch Larva Monitoring 

JULY 19 FROM NOON-1 P.M. | MENOMONEE VALLEY 

At this free event, you can view larval Monarch butterflies up close. Help the Urban Ecology Center monitor the Monarch population in the area. Learning things during the summer has never been so fun or easy. 

5. Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Wonder Wagon 

JULY 23 FROM 10 A.M.-NOON | RIVERSIDE PARK 

For this free, family-friendly event, the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Wonder Wagon is making a stop at the Riverside Park center. This brightly colored “wagon” gives a chance for kids to try out hands-on and collaborative activities and art. 

6. Menomonee Valley ROOT 

JULY 27 FROM 9-11 A.M. | MENOMONEE VALLEY 

ROOT stands for Restoring Our Outdoors Together. Stop by and help out with invasive species removal, trail work, planting and more. Any helpers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 

7. Sculpture MKE Ride 

JULY 30 FROM 9:30 A.M.-NOON | RIVERSIDE VALLEY 

Art and biking are a Milwaukee match made in heaven. Join the Urban Ecology Center crew for a 2.3-mile bike ride downtown to explore Sculpture Milwaukee’s 2022 outdoor exhibit titled Nature Doesn’t Know About Us. Sculpture Milwaukee staff member will meet the group to give a tour of the public art gallery. Teens and adults are welcome. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for kids. 

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