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As the days start to warm, the outdoors calls us to engage.  Check out all the things that are coming, from hikes, service events and more....

Two Bridges Hike on Lincoln Creek Greenway

SATURDAY, March 12th, 10 am

Photo showing a footbridge across Lincoln Creek at the corner of 49th and Parkway DriveWe'll hike (more of a stroll, really) along the greenway where we will explore and envision what could be, investigating urban habitat by moving slowly and mindfully.  World Water Day is coming up so we are planning a Water Ritual to celebrate the gift of water to our planet.  Nearby Nature's Master Naturalist Martina Patterson will lead the ceremony and walk.  Northwest Side CDC will come along and share what they are up to in the neighborhood. Migrating birds are returning so bring binoculars. Meet at 4900 W Parkway Dr.  That's on 49th St on the north side of the creek, a few blocks south of Hampton Ave.  We'll be walking on mostly level pavement and grass.  Check the weather and dress appropriately. Check Facebook for updates and to see who's coming

Spring Exploration and Discovery
Saturday, April 9th, 10 am, Havenwoods State Forest

It's early Spring and we're returning to Havenwoods to see what's blossoming, budding or chirping. Mark your calendars, bring your binoculars. 

2022  African American Environmental Pioneer Awards

A Great Success

In the past three years, this program has recognized 35 members of Milwaukee's African American community for their environmental contributions.  We thank everyone who participated, especially Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, who delivered a stirring keynote address.  If  you missed it, Susan Bence, WUWM environmental reporter created this wonderful recap of the event.
Click to see Full Size Group photo of awardeesSix of the 11 awardees that attended in person are shown here, from left, Detaya Johnson, Danitra Jones, Lamont Smith, Rev. Michelle Townsend De Lopez - Pastor, Cross Lutheran Church, Nateya Taylor and Jalen Greenlee. Not pictured are Milton Beyers III, Rafael Smith, Rick Banks, Danielle Washington and Antoine Carter
Read more about the 2022 event here
Read about 2021 Honorees here.
Read about the First Annual 2020 Event
We are looking forward to holding our 2023 event in person.

Talking Trash
Lincoln Park Neighbors Panel Discussion, Tuesday 6 pm

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. On Tuesday evening we'll be "Talking Trash" on a Zoom meeting.  Panelists include Friends of Lincoln Park, Northwest Side CDC, Residents for Change Neighborhood Association, Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, Ascension Fellowship Church, and Nearby Nature Milwaukee.  Here is the Zoom Link to register now. 

Join Sierra Club to fight the inequitable Energy Burden.

Nearly one year ago, the Sierra Club released a study showing that Black and Latino households carry greater "energy burden"t han white neighborhoods. What is energy burden? Energy burden is the percent of household income that goes to energy bills. In Milwaukee, The Sierra Club of Wisconsin is sponsoring a "Literature Drop" on Sunday, March 13th at Moody Park, 2201 W Auer Ave.  Register to help out 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 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.

Environmental and Social Justice Film Series

 This series starts Wednesday, March 16, 5:30 p.m.  Sponsored by UEC, Riverkeeper & Sierra Club. Get complete info here.
  • March 16: The Condor and the Eagle
  • April 20: Two American Families
  • May 18: Reinventing Power

Lincoln Creek Conversations

Lincoln Creek on a winter dayLast November, Nearby Nature hosted a series of "Lincoln Creek Conversations" to try to understand the community's relationship with the waterway and how things can improve. We held two Zoom sessions and two "Walk and Talk" hikes along Lincoln Creek.  The sessions were attended by a total of 35 individuals representing 16 organizations. The sessions were recorded and a summary of the conversations can be found at this link.
In March, we plan to continue these conversations, especially reaching out to those who could not attend. If you (or your organization) see yourself as a stakeholder in Lincoln Creek's neighborhoods, we want to have you involved. Contact us: to get engaged.
Bipoc Birding Club of WI LogoCongratulations to the BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin for the awesome feature in the Sunday Journal-Sentinel.  Read the article here.  We look forward to a continued partnership and building our bird lists!  To find out about event near you, join the BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin on FacebookVisit their website here.

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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