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In response to inquiries from people in other cities, the Urban Ecology Center™ Institute shares the vibrant model developed in Milwaukee. With three distinct branches in different neighborhoods of the city, the Urban Ecology Center connects people in cities to nature and each other.

Excitement about the model arises from the following impacts:

  • increased academic performance of kids,
  • improved health and safety in our parks,
  • an explosion of community engagement,
  • added green space and ecological healing,
  • impressive economic investments in underserved neighborhoods in the city,
  • and a strong non-profit business model.

The Urban Ecology Center Institute offers you inspiration!

The Institute is our way to share our 25 years of trying things out, testing, failing, trying again, and in time perfecting a model that we have proven to work.

Through the Institute, since 2018, we’ve hosted participants from 38 cities in six countries around the world: 29 cities across 22 states, 5 cities in Mexico, and one city each in Canada, Colombia, Israel, and Pakistan. We began offering online training in 2020 and plan to continue with multiple online and on-site options. View the Intensive link below to learn about our next training.

We currently share our model in the following ways

The Book. Urban Ecology: A Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World
Overview sessions introducing case studies of the UEC model – “The Intensive”
Keynote Speaking

By special request, we also offer tours of the Center, which is open and free to the public. Stop by for a visit! We have periodic online classes, including a deep introduction to urban nature-based early childhood education.

We use the a case study training approach. With our three branches in Milwaukee — each in a demographically distinct part of the city offering a variety of programs — the UEC Institute offers case studies to help communities everywhere. It would be impossible to walk away without gaining important insights on how to activate the transformation of parks and neighborhoods in your own city.

Meet our faculty team

Come join us as we co-create a better world!

The Urban Ecology Center™ Mission and Vision

Mission: We connect people in cities to nature and each other.

Vision: Our vision is to inspire generations to build environmental curiosity, understanding, and respect. We restore hope and heal our urban natural world, neighborhood by neighborhood.