Dear Friend,
We believe getting out in nature improves health and wellness - in all seasons.  Bundle up and join us for a hike.  In February, help us celebrate African American Environmental Pioneers. Be sure to continue reading, about our prairie restoration project, and the building of a multicultural environmental movement....



A winter scene, trees reflected on an icy riverWe are holding our first outing of the year in Lincoln Park, a guided “Healing Hike” led by Nearby Nature staff members Martina Patterson and Steven Hunter. It is especially geared to help participants experience the healing effects of nature by walking and pausing for meditative moments. Mother Nature, and our watershed find rest and healing in the winter. We require healing from a year of horrendous politics, two years of pandemic, and 400 years of our American caste system. The hike will be joined by Northwest Side CDC and Friends of Lincoln Park who will show off some of their favorite "winter wander" trails. We'll meet at the entrance to the Oak Leaf Trail at 5400 N Milwaukee River Parkway.  The terrain is moderately difficult.  Dress for the weather with sturdy winter boots.  Facebook Event link

3rd Annual  African American Environmental Pioneer Awards

Monday, February 21st, 6:30 PM

Honoring Black History Month, this is our third annual event to recognize those in Milwaukee's African American community working for a better environment. In the past two years, this program has recognized 25 members of Milwaukee's African American community for their environmental contributions.
Purple event bannerRead about 2021 Honorees here.
Read about the First Annual 2020 Event
This exciting and memorable event had hoped to return to the Wisconsin Black History Society Museum but Covid-19 levels may limit the in-person event to awardees and speakers.  But we hope you'll join us on Zoom. Registration for the event is open. 2022 awardees are expected to be announced soon. Register now to stay informed: 
Mark 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21st on your calendar and register here so you don't miss out.

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We got a call from Spectrum News channel reporter Katarina Velazquez recently and she did this awesome news story, interviewing Steven and Martina, with a cameo by David on bird call.  You're just two minutes and a chuckle away from a brighter day.

"Anybody can love the mountains...
but it takes a soul to love the prairie"

Group Photo by Emily Mills, TNCSo goes the quote by prairie chronicler, Willa Cather.  On December 21st, the Winter Equinox, a group of us traveled out past Mukwonago to the Meyer Prairie Preserve at the invitation of Lamont Smith of the Nature Conservancy (TNC).  Our purpose was to learn about prairies and begin to gather seeds for our own Urban Prairie Restoration Project.  Besides TNC and Nearby Nature staff, we were assisted by Danitra Jones from Northwest Side CDC, UEC land stewards and Milton Byer of the Audubon Wild Indigo program. It was little more than two months earlier, on October 19th, that we broke ground on a short "demonstration trail"Trail Work Crew project in a wild area on Lincoln Creek that we've dubbed "Hopkins Hollow. This short trail 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. When we first visited the area with MMSD Director Kevin Shafer, the topic of prairie restoration popped up.  It was one of those ideas so compelling that it could not be denied.  Now, in addition to the trail, we are negotiating the start of a prairie restoration project in Hopkins Hollow. Nature beckons us... nearby.

Building a Multiracial Environmental Community

Graphic, Invite to JoinThe environmental movement has long been impacted by a culture of racism and exclusion. Join us in collective learning and action to dismantle the systems that have allowed this to happen and work towards environmental justice.

We invite community members and organizations to join in our mission to build a multicultural environmental community and movement by dismantling white supremacy, decentering whiteness, fighting racism, and advocating for environmental justice.

Work begins on February 1st, so use this link now, to learn more and join in Building a Multicultural Environmental Community.

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 to get engaged.

Support Nearby Nature Milwaukee

New-Year 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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