Spring is springing and birds are singing. As the weather warms, we hope you will join us as we engage with nature in the city and beyond...
Spring Awakening Walk at Havenwoods
SATURDAY April 9th, 10 am
Join us as we look for signs of spring at Havenwoods State Forest. At least once each season, we like to return to our favorite Urban Forest to walk mindfully and take in what changes Mother Nature has brought us. Spring is a special time, with returning buds, shoots and migrating birds. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Nearby Nature's Master Naturalist Martina Patterson will lead a blessing to Spring and rejuvenation. Meet just south of the parking lot. Check the weather and dress appropriately. Check Facebook for updates and to see who's coming
Hopkins Hollow Celebration
Save the Date: Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.
4410 N. Hopkins Ave.
In this past year, Nearby Nature and its many partners, notably MMSD, Northwest Side CDC, Great Waters Group, The Nature Conservancy and others have been helping to activate this beautiful wild space we call Hopkins Hollow. Nearby Nature's agreement with MMSD to build a short demonstration trail has now expanded to include a prairie restoration project just north of the trail. Mark your calendars to join us in celebrating our work as a community, to bring neighbors and environmental activists together around this "pocket paradise." Check our Facebook Events page for updates.
Last November, Nearby Nature hosted a series of "Lincoln Creek Conversations" to better understand the community's relationship with the waterway. Now we are hoping to bring together a a blend of stakeholders; from community organizations, conservation leaders, and culturally aware nature educators, that will work together to grow land stewardship along the Lincoln Creek Greenway. This first gathering is the Lincoln Creek Greenway Summit to be held at Havenwoods State Forest on Saturday, June 25th 9am-4pm. Panelists will be made up of community and governmental stakeholders and experts in this field of community restoration. To be a part of this continuing conversation, reach us at email@example.com
Nearby Nature and Northwest Side CDC are joining again this spring to distribute free sapling trees to neighborhoods along the Lincoln Creek greenway. Here is the form to request your free tree. The nursery distributing the trees through the Argosy Foundation, will give us a couple weeks notice but the trees are expected to arrive in during the last two weeks of April between Earth Day and Labor Day. These are Red and Bur Oak "bare root saplings" that are 12-18 inches tall. Last year Nearby Nature and Northwest Side CDC distributed 100 saplings and helped plant in Lincoln Park and Havenwoods.
Environmental and Social Justice Film Series
This series Continues at 5:30 p.m. on the dates below. Sponsored by UEC, Riverkeeper & Sierra Club. Get complete info here.
April 20: Two American Families
May 18: Reinventing Power
Love Where You Live
Lincoln Park Neighbors Campaign Launches May 14th.
Litter and illegal dumping are community problems and solving them takes a community effort. A broad coalition of neighborhood groups are are planning for a 2022 "Love Where You Live" anti-litter campaign starting this Spring. Cleanups will be starting with the the Riverkeeper Cleanup on April 23rd and expanding into surrounding neighborhoods in the following weeks. On Saturday, May 14th, a Kick-Off celebration will be held in Lincoln Park at the Blatz Pavilion along with a "Spring Fest" community resource fair. Groups interested in participating in this event, including tabling, should contact Friends of Lincoln Park at firstname.lastname@example.org. A broad coalition of groups are participating, including Friends of Lincoln Park, Northwest Side CDC, Residents for Change Neighborhood Association, Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, Ascension Fellowship Church, Villard Avenue BID, All Saints Family Health Center and Nearby Nature Milwaukee.
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Your donations are always welcome
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. We are very grateful for the foundation support we get from Fund for Lake Michigan, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Bader Philanthropies and the James E Dutton Foundation.
But we also rely very heavily on private donations from people just like you. Your contribution could make a big difference in the quality of life in a community historically traumatized by poverty and systemic racism. Every contribution is appreciated. If you want to earmark your donation for a particular program, you can select from a list online, or specify by contacting us. If you are 71 or over, and can make a tax exempt distribution from an IRA, ask us about Qualified Charitable Distributions.
All 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. Checks must be made out payable to Milwaukee Environmental Consortium. Mail to: Nearby Nature MKE c/o Milwaukee Environmental Consortium, 1836 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53205