Intensive training online

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.
Your application allows us to determine priority for scholarship funding.

Participants in the online Intensive will also receive priority for on-site tours. Apply now for more details.


Since 2018, we’ve hosted participants from 32 cities in five countries around the world: 24 cities across 16 states, 5 cities in Mexico, and one city each in Pakistan, Colombia, and Israel. 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 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 Intensive

Sessions will be followed by an optional Q & A session, and every group that participates will have 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!

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.