Chapter 51- Urban Ecology Center


Pancake breakfast at The Urban Ecology Center?  Count me in.  We piled everyone up in the car and made the short trip to The UEC’s Washington Park location for a morning of maple syrup and nature walks.  Pictured above is where the delicious maple syrup was made.  We learned the easy steps to making maple syrup.  Tap the trees surrounding the building, collect and boil for hours.  Strain and serve.

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After we had our fill of pancakes, we looked around at the wildlife exhibits indoors.  Fish, snakes, turtles and salamanders kept the kids intrigued for a solid 20 minutes.

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Did you know that members of the UEC can rent equipment like fishing poles, kayaks, canoes, skis, snowshoes and more?  All for free!

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After burning off some energy running and discovering lots of geese and squirrels, we headed to the band shell.


Many Milwaukee parks offer free concerts, and Washington Park is included (sorry I can’t find a better link to help you locate the schedule for concerts.  But I know they exist!)  Head on over to this park on Wednesday nights during the summer, and you can find something more entertaining that what we provided….me and my kids singing “Edelweiss”.


Here’s to good weather and getting outside!

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  1. Mom says:

    I have such fond memories of that park when it was the home of the Milwaukee Zoo so very many years ago.

  2. Dad says:

    Very enjoyable to see the storms having a fun adventure…and Washington Park isn’t too far from your home.

  3. Jamie says:

    Hi, my name is Jamie, and I met you at rocket baby a few months ago. You told me about your blog and I’ve been a follower since! You find great activities in the area, and always give me new ideas! Your kids always look like they’re having a blast. Thanks for your weekly posts, we look forward to them.

    • amber says:

      Hi Jamie! I’d regretted not getting your email address since then…I’m so glad you commented! Thanks for the encouragement and for reading, maybe we can adventure together sometime. Take care, Amber


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