Dear Friend,
Summer's here! Stay cool with us on the water.  Mark your calendars and join us...

Lincoln Creek Bike and Hike

- Saturday August 6th, Noon

Meet at Congress School, 5225 W Lincoln Creek Drive

Join Nearby Nature MKE and Red Bike & Green on a gentle ride and paddle to explore Lincoln Creek by Bike & Kayak. Bring your bike early if you need some minor repairs. Be sure to sign up!  A limited number of kayaks are available for loan.
If a heat advisory is in effect, please follow medical advice and do not participate if you are at risk. Hydrate, carry ample water and use sunscreen!   Wisconsin Bike Fed Mobile Repair Unit will be on site for tweaks and minor repairs starting at 10AM - Flat tire? Come early!

Click to Register for Lincoln Creek Bike and HikePlease register using this link:
We will still ride in light rain, but we will cancel/reschedule the ride and paddle in the case of heavy rain or thunderstorms.

Canoemobile - Water Fun for All

Tuesday, August 16, 2022  4 - 7 pm
4950 N Milwaukee River Pkwy in Lincoln Park

Free for everyone - No paddling experience necessary

Wilderness Inquiry's Canoemobile provides an inclusive way to connect communities to their local waterways across the nation. Join us on the water!
Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile is a touring fleet of 24-foot, 10-person canoes and a crew of trained outdoor educators that travels across the country to connect communities to their local waterways. Co-sponsored by Wilderness Inquiry, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Nearby Nature Milwaukee, and Friends of Lincoln Park. Get info on Facebook
Canoemobile also comes to Lakeshore Park on Wednesday, August 17th, 5-7 pm

Summer Lincoln Creek Cleanup
Saturday August 27th,
Hopkins Hollow and West Basin
Meet at 35th and Congress, 4350 N 35th St.

That's a huge pile of trash!For some reason Lincoln Creek collects a lot of trash.  We think it's related to Milwaukee's legacy of redlining, unequal lending, a high level of absentee landlord properties and a low level of home ownership that only seems to get worse.  Whatever the reason, there is lots of trash but 3-4 times a year, we make a huge difference with our cleanups. Please consider lending a hand and sign up.
Advance registrations appreciated - click here

Lincoln Creek Greenway Visual Tour

On Saturday, June 25th, 48 people representing eighteen organizations participated in the Lincoln Creek Greenway Summit. 

Thanks to so many people but especially to Eddee Daniel who interviewed participants and produced this moving summary of the Summit and visual tour of Lincoln Creek

Plans for the Future

This summit was really a beginning, of a grass-roots driven effort to renew and revitalize the Lincoln Creek Greenway. 
Nearby Nature has released a full summary of the Summit. Outreach to participants is going on now, for the formation of a Lincoln Creek work group that will lay groundwork for building a coalition and a work plan.  The work plan would be a living document of projects, new, in progress and imagined.  If you are interested and have not been contacted about getting involved in the Lincoln Creek Greenway work group, reach out to us at  More info can be found at

More Summer Fun!

Please put these partner events in your calendar so you don't miss out

Wild Child Film Festival & Animal Meet/Greet

Friday August 5th, 5 PM – 7:30 PM
Havenwoods State Forest

Film Fest BannerA FREE short-film festival about the environment! The program features 16 educational short films featuring kids' environmental activism and nature. Geared toward 12 and under but all ages will enjoy.  Seating is limited so register at this link. Get more info at the Friends of Havenwoods Facebook

Ko-Thi Dance Company - Around Milwaukee

Free summer outdoor classes with this internationally renowned African dance company.  All ages welcome.
Sunday August 14th, 3 pm, Lincoln Park - 31301 W Hampton Ave.
Sunday, August 7th, 3 pm, Washington Park, 4542 W Washington Blvd. 
Click here for the full Ko-Thi Summer Schedule

Northwest Side Farmers Markets

Pop-up Farmers Markets are back for the third annual season!   Vendors can register here
Here are the dates and locations
- all markets are from 3:30-6:30pm:
  • Tues., Aug 2nd & 9th - 2400 W. Villard Ave (Ascension All Saints Family Health Center)
  • Tues., Aug 16th & 23rd - 3945 N. 31st St (Century City I Building)
  • Tues., Aug 30 - 4350 N. 35th St (MMSD West Basin / old Bee Bus Line site)

About Nearby Nature Milwaukee

Nearby Nature works in neighborhoods impacted by high poverty and inequity.  We organize, host and co-host outdoor activities, both for recreation and community service.  We celebrate and support the environmental movement in communities of color. We provide environmental programming for youth in schools and youth-serving-agencies.  We work with efforts in the environmental movement to help it become more inclusive and anti-racist.
Visit our website, of follow our Facebook and Instagram pages to keep in touch.

We are very grateful for the foundation support we get from Fund for Lake Michigan, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and the Pettit Foundation. We are especially grateful for the support we receive from individuals like you.

All contributions to Nearby Nature are tax-deductible through our non-profit fiscal sponsor the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium. Visit our website Donation page to learn how you can support this work.
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