Intensive training

The Urban Ecology Center™ offers 20+ years of experience in neighborhood transformation, which we are thrilled to share in this online Intensive. In this interactive online course, we will cover the intersecting themes of transforming kids, parks, cities, and the world.


You can apply today, with no commitment.

Join us for the upcomong on-site Intensive in Milwaukee,
August 9 to 11!
Apply now for more details.


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. Over half of these participants have joined us online since 2020.

Embrace the community

Who should attend?

Creative problem solvers, city leaders, and educators — from the public, private or non-profit sectors — who are committed to educating and inspiring youth, revitalizing urban green space, or are seeking solutions to renew disinvested neighborhoods.

Explore the value of greenspace

Outcomes of this Intensive

  • Thorough understanding of the Urban Ecology Center model
  • Tools to help you reflect meaningfully on how the model can benefit your city/project
  • Expanded network and ongoing support from other community leaders
Engage in a global network

What you will experience

  • Interactive sessions with small-group breakouts
  • Focus on real-world topics
  • Explore place-based environmental community engagement, volunteerism, social justice, and more

Learn more about our track record

Through interactive online sessions with small group break-outs, leading members of the Urban Ecology Center’s path-breaking staff will guide you through sessions on real-world topics such as place-based environmental community engagement, systems thinking, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, organizational structure, business planning for non-profits, partnership building, and program evaluation.

You will see how practical tools can expand your work, with numerous opportunities to learn from each other in the group. You will be a participant in a co-learning space rather than a passive recipient of scripted content.

Get more details about the format of the online Intensive

Online sessions will be followed by an optional Q & A session, and every group that participates can qualify for a follow-up hour of coaching with Institute leadership. Through the case studies presented, and assignments given, you will explore how a foundation of urban environmental education weaves into a transformational process that increases student academic performance, improves the health and safety of parks, expands community engagement, heals the land, and still more!

On-site Intensive training is back in 2022! We invite you to join us in Milwaukee. You will visit all three branches, experience the transformation of our parks first-hand, and meet members of the staff. We will take a deeper dive into the design and function of key programs. On-site participation is the next step toward developing an Urban Ecology Center™ in your community, including additional details about how you can find funding and wider support that transforms a city!

Participants share the inspiration of a UEC Intensive

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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.