Dear Friend,
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

Photo showing a footbridge across Lincoln Creek at the corner of 49th and Parkway DriveJoin 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.

photo of people in field surrounded by bright yellow flowersIn 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.

We're Hiring!

Nearby Nature is expanding its work and needs to expand its staff.  This summer, we are taking on on two student interns for land stewardship along the Lincoln Creek greenway.  If you know teachers or youth mentors working in Milwaukee's Northwest side, please shareJoin our Team this link to our Summer Student Land Stewardship internship program
Also, to manage the expansion of our work we want to add a "Program Associate".  This would be a talented individual who can work flexibly as part of a team and help grow the organization with skills in community engagement, communications and knowledge in natural sciences. Read the Program Associate description here

Join us for Earth Day Celebrations
Saturday, April 23rd.

Nearby Nature and partners will be involved in two efforts
  1. Lincoln Creek/Hopkins Hollow Cleanup, 10 am to Noon
We'll be joining the annual Milwaukee Riverkeeper Spring Cleanup to clean Hopkins Hollow and the MMSD West Basin area.  Register here for the site at 35th and Glendale Ave, or the site at 35th and Congress.  
  1. Earth Day of Service and Outdoor Expo
    Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park, 9 am to 1 pm
Nearby Nature Milwaukee will partner with Sierra Club Great Waters Group and UEC Washington Park for an Outdoor Expo and Green Resource Fair at Washington Park. 9-am to 1 pm.  Contact us if your organization would like to table at the event or if you have outdoor skills you'd like to share.

Lincoln Creek Summit GraphicLincoln Creek Summit planned

Saturday, June 25th

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 

Person planting treeFREE TREES!

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  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.

Support Nearby Nature Milwaukee

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
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