Dear Friend,
We have so many events coming, to enjoy this beautiful fall weather, we thought you would appreciate this special Autumn News edition...

Join Nearby Nature at the UEC Autumn Celebration
Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 am to 2 pm

Urban Ecology Center – Washington Park

The UEC at Washington Park is inviting the  community to celebrate "A Time of Change and Discovery" at their Autumn Celebration. In addition to lots of fun art, crafts, and food there will be organized bike, paddle and hike activities.  This will be a great event to bring the family for all kinds of fun.  Nearby Nature and Sierra Club volunteers are holding a "Camping Expo" to present the essentials of camping to the community and promote their outings programs.  Get more info here.  Registration is not required. 
Click for Autumn Celebration Poster

Nearby Nature co-hosting
Sierra Club Environmental Justice Series

Nearby Nature is partnering with the Sierra Club Wisconsin for this online Environmental Justice Event Series. These events explore racial inequities rooted within environmental issues.

Thru-hiking the Ice Age Trail:
Emily Ford on Race and Outdoor Recreation.

Emily Ford hiking the ice age trailThursday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 pm

This year, Emily Ford became the first woman of color to thru-hike the Ice Age trail in winter. Thousands followed her on social media as she made her trek across the frozen North Woods with a husky named Diggins. Hear the full story in her own words. Get the Zoom link here.

Coal, Gas and Public Health:
On the Electric Sector and  Environmental Justice

Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7 pm

It is well documented that communities of color carry a heavier "energy burden", and also suffer greater health impacts from power generation.  Join this event to learn about the connections between our electric sector, justice and equity, and public health.  Register here to get the Zoom link.

Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty:
Virtual Keynote Featuring Leah and Naima Penniman

Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 pm 

"Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty” features a riveting keynote address delivered by Soul Fire Farm’s Co-Founder and Farm Manager, Leah Penniman, and closes with a performance by world-renowned poet, Soul Fire Farm’s Program Manager, Naima Penniman.  This short film will be followed by a brief panel presentation of local perspectives.

You can read about the entire 6-part series on the Sierra Club Wisconsin Web page.

Nearby Nature and MMSD seal trail agreement

Hikers struggle with footing prior to new trail constructionA 20 acre wild space along Lincoln Creek in Milwaukee's 30th Street railroad corridor is home to deer, coyotes, owls and herons.  Some have called it a "pocket paradise" where one can quickly get away from traffic noise and bustle.  Birds and crickets are the most prominent sound.  Soon residents will have a safe, level trail to reach this beautiful spot. We proposed to MMSD, that we build a safe route to this spot and they agreed.  Then, we invited three experienced trail builders from from County Parks, Estabrook Park and the North Country Trail, to lay out a trail route.  Many of you are familiar with this space from the many Adopt-A-River cleanups and nature hikes we have held here, just north of 35th and Congress.  Now you can join us and tell your grandkids you helped build this beautiful trail.

Work dates proposed

ikers enjoy this pocket paradiseWork dates in mid-to-late October have been proposed and are waiting for approval.  If you are interested in helping build this trail, get out your work boots, gloves and email us at 
Coming Events

Fall Color Walk – Havenwoods
Sunday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m.

Fall Colors spinning in motion
We consult a tried and true friend, the Farmer's Almanac to plan perfect weather for all our events.  They tell us the third week in October will bring peak colors.  We don't need a drive in the country to enjoy them!  Join Nearby Nature and board for a beautiful Fall Color Hike in Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N Hopkins St, Milwaukee.   Our Facebook Events Page will have updates and RSVP.

Second Saturday Family Outings
Saturday, November 13th

Nearby Nature staff has decided to work toward regularly scheduled weekend outings. Every month on the Second Saturday we want to offer outings especially for families from our youth programs.  But all are invited!  Again, like our Facebook page to get notices.

Link to Eddee Daniel's Greenway BookA Tale of Two Greenways

This summer, the Milwaukee River Greenway celebrated its 15th anniversary with dozens of events up and down the Greenway. The celebration was marked by the publication of a beautiful book by writer/photographer Eddee Daniel, The Milwaukee River Greenway: A Wealth of Nature in the Heart of the City.  The book is a beautiful commemoration that includes reflections and stories from over two dozen community voices, including Nearby Nature board and staff.  You can read all about it and find out where to get a copy at this link.

Trash in Lincoln CreekIn stark contrast...

… Lincoln Creek runs in an open stream, for 6 miles, from Havenwoods to Lincoln Park.  In contrast to its bigger sibling, many of Lincoln Creek's segments are trash-filled, neglected and inaccessible.  For this reason, Nearby Nature is hosting a series of "Lincoln Creek Conversations" to try and understand the community's relationship with the waterway and how things can improve.  This will be a series of walk-and-talk, zoom, and in-person meetings.  If you or your organization see yourselves as stakeholders in Lincoln Creek's neighborhoods, we want to have you involved.  To have a place at this table, walk or zoom, contact Steven Hunter by emailing

Support Nearby Nature Milwaukee

Nearby Nature works in neighborhoods impacted by high poverty and inequity.  We rely on contributions from people like you, to keep our programs, projects and outings going.  Even if you do not live in these neighborhoods, you can help make a difference.
Contributions to Nearby Nature are tax-deductible through our non-profit fiscal sponsor the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium.  If you are able to make any contribution to our work, use this link for Online Donation or mail a check to: Nearby Nature MKE c/o Milwaukee Environmental Consortium, 1836 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53205
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