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Exploring Hopkins Hollow

Saturday, December 11th
9 am Birding, 10 am Exploring

We are holding one last “Second Saturday” outing on December 11th, 10 am to Noon. We’ll be meeting at 4410 N Hopkins St, Milwaukee. Hopkins Hollow map and thumbnailHopkins Hollow is what we have been calling this hidden gem on the north end of the 30th Street Corridor. We'll be giving a full tour into this wild, natural area in the central city along Lincoln Creek. At last report, representatives from Rural/Urban Flow and Wisco BIPOC Birders are attending. We've been seeing a lot of interesting birds in this area so it's been suggested that we start a bird count and document our findings. So here's the plan:
9:00 am, Birding Session
10:00 am, Hike and Exploration
Saturday, December 11th
4410 N Hopkins St, Milwaukee

Lincoln Creek Conversations Summary


Lincoln Creek on a winter dayIn 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 27 individuals representing 14 organizations. The sessions were recorded and a summary of the conversations can be found at this link.
Over the winter months, we plan to continue these conversations, especially reaching out to those who were not in attendance. If you (or your organization) see yourself as a stakeholder in Lincoln Creek's neighborhoods, we want to have you involved. Contact steven@nearbynaturemke.org to get engaged.

New Lincoln Creek Hiking Trail Recap


Trail Work CrewOn October 19th we broke ground and just two weeks and 150 volunteer hours later, this short "demonstration trail" was nearly completed.  We used specialized trail-building tools to level and clear a short trail that brings you to a wild area where you cannot imagine you are in the middle of the city.  The sound of birds, crickets and a gurgling waterfall greet the lucky visitor.  If you stay long enough, you'll find deer, coyotes, owls, herons, and hawks about. A group of trail building experts reviewed our work and it was recommended to wait out the winter and early spring to see the effects of the weather before doing any further work. Nature beckons you... nearby.

Youth Programs Report for Fall 2021


This Fall, we held youth programs with three youth-serving-agencies, led by Youth Educator Martina Patterson and assisted by Water Justice Ally, Leena Le.  The overall theme was "Mindfulness in Nature" covering topics such as watershed science, green infrastructure, land stewardship, plants in autumn, animals in winter and bird watching. Field trip4th & 5th Graders explore Hopkins Hollows included visits to Havenwoods, MMSD's north and west flood basins, Hopkins Hollow on Lincoln Creek as well as outdoor spaces near the agencies. The agencies were Holly Redeemer School, 4th and 5th grade classes, Lighthouse Youth Center and New Beginnings are Possible.  This was our first time engaging with kids in the school-day classroom. Seeing the success of this strategy, we'll be seeking to expand this part of our program in the Spring, in addition to working with after-school programs. 

Welcome to the BIPOC Birders Club of Wisconsin

In November, we had the pleasure of meeting the new BIPOC Birders Club of Wisconsin.  The group started in Madison and now has an active Milwaukee group. BIPOC Birding Club Of Wisconsin According to their website, "The BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin was established in 2021 as a community of people of color who love the outdoors and the birds and beauty of natural Wisconsin and wish to connect with others who share the same passion."  Welcome friends and we look forward to great times outdoors together.  Find more information at  www.bipocbirdingclub.org/ 

Building a Multiracial Environmental Community


Photo of Mandi McAlisterNearby Nature proudly supports the work of Mandi McAlister and Hummingbird MKE who brought together 13 environmental groups and 90 individuals in an effort to disrupt white supremacy in the environmental movement.  Nearby Nature is among the committed partners as well as being one of three founding partners in the project. The work, of course, is ongoing. Last month, as part of the Sierra Club Great Waters Group monthly program series, Mandi gave an update on the project's progress.  A new call has been issued for individuals to join  study circles and organizations to become committed partners.  Use this link to get more info and sign-up.

Support Nearby Nature Milwaukee

Our Year-End Fund Appeal

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 to: Nearby Nature MKE c/o Milwaukee Environmental Consortium, 1836 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53205
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