Dear Friend,
Summer is finally here, we think... So, keep your eyes out for those little fledglings leaving the nests.  Let's spread our wings and fly - outdoors.

June Outing - Explore Lincoln Creek
Thurston Meadow
Saturday, June 18th, 10 a.m.
5400 W. Thurston Ave.

Areal image of wild space along Lincoln CreekYou know we love to explore and discover new wild spaces in our urban midst.  Join us as we explore this 12-acre urban space along Lincoln Creek just north of the Urban Farm Collaborative (formerly Growing Power). Besides Lincoln Creek, there are ephemeral ponds and native and invasive vegetation to identify.  This will involve off-trail bushwhacking over uneven terrain, so sturdy hiking shoes and long pants are suggested. Join us in this short hike of discovery and imagine how this space might be activated. Please Register at this link so we'll know to expect you.  Enter Thurston Avenue from N. 60th St., one block north of Silver Spring. it's a bit tricky to find so we are providing this map link.

Also on June 18th...
Natural Resources Foundation
Urban Wilderness Exploration

Each summer, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin organizes hundreds of field trips - expert led outings to discover Wisconsin's beauty.  This year they invited us to lead a trip to one of our favorite places.  Sorry, we can't tell you where it is.  You have to sign up and make an $18 donation to the foundation to participate.  Here's the link to this and many other adventures.

Lincoln Creek Summit GraphicRegistration is now open:

Lincoln Creek Greenway Summit

Saturday, June 25th - Havenwoods
"Water Your Wellness"

Last November, Nearby Nature began hosting "Lincoln Creek Conversations" to better understand the community's relationship with the waterway. Now we are planning to bring together stakeholders: community organizations, conservation leaders, nature educators and neighbors, who will work together to build land stewardship along the Lincoln Creek Greenway. This historic gathering of the Lincoln Creek Greenway Summit will be held at Havenwoods State Forest on Saturday, June 25th 9am-4pm.  Presenters and panelists will be made up of community and governmental stakeholders and experts in community engagement and restoration. Breakout sessions will gather community input on a variety of issues. Join us in this continuing conversation.  Read more on our Web Page and then register here.

Save the dates: Nearby Nature Summer Events

Heat Mapping Project Needs Volunteers.

National Heat Island mapping Campaign GraphicEnvironmental Justice advocates believe that heat spikes due to climate change are worse in central city neighborhoods for a variety of reasons, including lack of tree canopy.  A volunteer group, led by DNR Urban Forester Dan Buckler, aims to collect data this summer to support efforts to address heat related issues in vulnerable communities.  In this one-day heat mapping project, volunteers will spread out across the city and collect data on pre-determined routes.  Volunteers will need to commit to a one-hour training session and about 4 hours of time on the day of the project. 
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Partner Activities

Northwest Side CDC

NWSCDC has put out a call for vendors for their August Farmer/Maker marketsHere's the announcement.  Watch for the Summer Festival in July and like their Facebook page to get event notices.

Friends of Lincoln Park

  • June 26, Trash-Out parks cleanup day - Sunday, 1pm to 3pm.
  • July 5, Commonwealth Cleanup - Tuesday, 9 am to Noon
  • July 10, Shakespeare in the Park - Sunday, 5 pm
  • August 14, Ko-Thi African Dance - Sunday, 3 pm
All Lincoln Park Events meet at or near the pavilion at 1301 W Hampton Ave.

Sierra Club Great Waters Group

Sierra Club Great Waters Group has revitalized their outings program and has a full calendar of bike, hike, paddle and camp activities planned. See their calendar for all the details.

 Red Bike & Green-Milwaukee

Every Thursday, 5:30 pm is "The Tasty Roll" meeting at Taste of Lindsay Heights, 1617 W North Ave, for a casual ride around the neighborhood and returning for tasty food and refreshments.
Juneteenth Day Parade - Bike Ride, Sunday June 19th, 9 am to 11 am.  Follow on Facebook to get details.

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

Photo by Eddee Daniel
Here is the story of how Nearby Nature got engaged in prairie restoration. Part of our missions is "to promote renewal and stewardship of land and access to natural areas on the Lincoln Creek Greenway."  So when we met with MMSD folks in early Fall of of 2021 to share our visions of Hopkins Hollow, the topic of prairie restoration was put on the table. 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). Group Photo by Emily Mills, TNCOur purpose was to learn about prairies and begin to gather seeds for our own Urban Prairie Restoration Project.  Now, an agreement with MMSD for a prairie restoration project in Hopkins Hollow is complete.  It involves hiring youth land stewardship interns to work on the project, both learning about native and invasive plants and joining in advocacy for the entire length of the Lincoln Creek Greenway.  Nearby Nature will have many activities along Lincoln Creek this Summer, so we hope you will join us, see our progress and join in the effort in some way.  Nature beckons us... nearby.

Support Nearby Nature Milwaukee

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, and Bader Philanthropies. 

But we also rely very heavily on private donations from people just like you.  Your contribution could make a difference in the quality of life in a community historically traumatized by poverty and systemic racism. Every contribution is appreciated.

All contributions to Nearby Nature are tax-deductible through our non-profit fiscal sponsor the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium. 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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