Details for the next on-site Intensive

You can apply today to attend the next Intensive, on-site, August 9-11, 2022, with no commitment.

You will join the UEC Institute faculty team and a dynamic cohort of community leaders from across North America (and possibly around the world) in this three-day Intensive program. It is like summer camp meets a program of community transformation!

Individuals or teams from your organization may apply to attend the on-site Intensive. Individuals who plan to enact change in their community will learn how we have been transforming kids, parks, and neighborhoods in Milwaukee for over 25 years. The impact of your team participating in this training offers opportunities to accelerate the change in your city.

Your application ensures a spot in the August Intensive. Additional details about housing, meals, and transportation are available.

Bring your team members, community supporters, and funding partners.

Topics of the sessions include the following list!

  • Opening circle and goal setting
  • Outreach with Intention: Enacting Principles of Equity, Dignity, Justice
  • Systems change in urban ecology: Inferences and Improvisation
  • Finding abundance in your community
  • Introduction to Board Structure and Board Evolution
  • The Urban Ecology Center Business Model and Fundraising Keys
  • Defining Partnerships: Panel of Community Leaders
  • Fundraising and Collaboration: A Case Study
  • Brownfield Restoration Case Study
  • Volunteerism in Action
  • Research and Community Science
  • Land Stewardship
  • Understanding Operations through Community-based Development
  • Program Planning with a Design Lens
  • Facilities Planning with a Design Lens
  • Marketing the Mission
  • Program Planning with an Eye to Evaluation
  • Inner Work of Leadership

Format of our sessions

Each session includes interactive presentations from the Institute faculty team. As we guide you through lessons drawn from our experiences, you will reflect on case studies that can apply directly to your own community. At regular intervals, you will engage in conversation with other participants in break-out groups. You are building a cohort in this Intensive—facilitated by our team—leading to lasting relationships with emerging and established leaders in other cities.

Additional activites include Q & A sessions, reading assignments, and individualized feedback on written reflections. The activities culminate in an self assessment of your current project planning process, which will allow us to help you evaluate next steps in your community. Every participant (individually or as part of their team) will have a follow-up hour of coaching with Institute leadership.


$1000 per participant, includes a copy of Urban Ecology mailed to you (U.S. only), two online orientation sessions prior to your visit, lunch each day, two dinners, transportation from site to site during the day, one-year membership in the Intensive Cohort Network, access to course materials, additional Q & A sessions, and a coaching session for participants who complete the Intensive.

Apply soon to receive confirmation of the schedule and travel logistics. We look forward to hosting you in Milwaukee.

Need more information about the UEC model and the Institute? Read on here…

Meet our faculty team

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

The Urban Ecology Center™ Institute is an effort to share the model developed in Milwaukee. With three distinct branches in Milwaukee, the UEC connects people in cities to nature and each other.