Partners – Environmental Programs

In their junior year, all MIAD students complete a four credit Social Science course (HS380), which includes 35 hours of service in the Milwaukee metro area. Below is a list of over 200 organizations committed to strengthening the community, utilizing both grassroots and well-established means. MIAD students and alumni have worked with all of these organizations to better understand the issues that they deal with and to give of their time and energy.

Learn more about the work of these organizations and how you can volunteer your time – visit one of our community partners listed below. Names in violet identify partners who have been honored by MIAD for the work that they do.

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Boerner Botanical Gardens:
The Boerner Botanical Gardens were developed as a public garden intended to be a place of beauty, an outdoor classroom and a living museum for all to enjoy. The Gardens are owned and managed by Milwaukee County Parks and Recreation.
Contact: http://www.boernerbotanicalgardens.org/

Discovery World:
Discovery World connects innovation, science, technology and the environment with exploration and learning through interactive exhibits and experiential learning programs. It is dedicated to helping people positively impact their communities by developing a better understanding of technology and the environment while fostering both innovation and creativity.                                                                                                                                                               Contact: http://www.discoveryworld.org/

Growing Power:
Growing Power transforms communities by supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live through the development of Community Food Systems. These systems provide high-quality, safe, healthy, affordable food for all residents in the community. Growing Power develops Community Food Centers, as a key component of Community Food Systems, through training, active demonstration, outreach, and technical assistance.
Contact: http://www.growingpower.org/

Havenwoods State Forest:
Havenwoods State Forest offers 237-acres of grasslands, woods, and wetlands in the City of Milwaukee.
Contact: http://friendsofhavenwoods.org

Hawthorn Glen:
Hawthorn Glen is a 23-acre nature center that primarily serves as a field trip location on weekdays for 12,000 children annually.
Contact: http://www.milwaukeerecreation.net/hawthorn-glen/

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge:
The northern two-thirds of Horicon Marsh is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as the 21,000 acre Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.
Contact: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/horicon/

Milwaukee County Parks:
Milwaukee County Department Parks, Recreation and Culture, an operating unit of Milwaukee County Government, provides quality of life experiences to Milwaukee County residents. This is accomplished through environmental and community stewardship and through the operation and maintenance of parks and facilities by a reliable, diverse and well-trained workforce/management team. Efficient, effective, and affordable recreational opportunities are provided by the department, often in collaboration with the community and designed to meet the diverse needs of its residents.
Contact: http://county.milwaukee.gov/ParksandPublicInfras7720.htm

Mitchell Park Domes:
The Mitchell Park Conservatory, known affectionately to generations of Milwaukee and Wisconsin residents as, “Mitchell Park Domes,” is a world class horticultural adventure right here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Contact: http://www.milwaukeedomes.org/

Retzer Nature Center:
At Waukesha County’s Retzer Nature Center “education is the key”. Retzer is dedicated to providing hands-on outdoor / environmental educational opportunities for school groups, families and adults through public and private programs. Retzer Nature Center strives to create awareness and appreciation of the environment in all patrons and visitors.
Contact: http://friendsofretzer.org/

Riverbend Nature Center:
Our mission is to help people of all ages learn to live more harmoniously and joyously with the natural world.
Contact: http://riverbendnaturecenterracine.org/

Riveredge Nature Center:
The mission of Riveredge Nature Center is to inspire, inform and enable responsible environmental decision-making
Contact: http://riveredgenaturecenter.org/

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center:
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center connects people with nature and inspires them to become responsible stewards of the natural world.
Contact: http://www.schlitzauduboncenter.com/

Urban Ecology Center:
The Urban Ecology Center fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood.
Contact: http://www.urbanecologycenter.org/

Victory Garden Initiative:                                                                                                                         We are fighting for food security and the health of our ecosystems. We are fighting for resilient communities that support one another and for strong local economies. Through gardening we are seeking a connection to the cycle of life, and for good, tasty food…from garden to plate.             Contact: http://victorygardeninitiative.org

Wehr Nature Center:
Rustling leaves, shimmering seas of grass, a cool rush of water over rock, birds and waterfowl calling, a rainbow of wildflowers, a scamper of animal feet… all of these natural treasures and many more await you at the Wehr Nature Center.
Contact: http://county.milwaukee.gov/WehrNatureCenter10115.htm