The Urban Ecology Center is committed to connecting people in cities to nature and each other.

This green environmental community center was once a vacant tavern at 37th and Pierce. Designed by Uihlein Wilson Architects, the branch serves 22 south side schools through their Neighborhood Environmental Education Project. Like the Urban Ecology Center in in Riverside Park, the Menomonee Valley branch serves as a model of green building options. The Urban Ecology Center Menomonee Valley branch opened on September 8th, 2012 and measures 6,500 square feet.

Schedule of Doors Open activities:
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Animal Feeding
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Menominee Valley Young Scientist Club

Other activities throughout the day will include: Self guide tours; Free coffee; Local art gallery; Play area for children; Volunteers opportunities; Sensory kit of the building for visually impaired.

Water Passport 

At the Urban Ecology Center, water is treated as a precious resource. The Center has two green roofs where deep rooted prairie plants help catch the water that falls on the roof and keep it from running off into the nearby Menomonee River. Permeable pavers on our roof and patio, as well as our many rain gardens surrounding the building, help with this stormwater management as well. The Center also has low flow toilets and faucets that automatically shut off when not in use, to help use less water.

Member of Plastic Free MKE: Passionate community members, small business owners, engineers, agencies, local non-profits—all make up the Plastic-Free MKE coalition. Some members were born and raised here, some are new to the city, but all, are proud to call Milwaukee home and working hard to keep it that way. Together with other local community groups Plastic-Free MKE is working to eliminate single-use plastics in our city. Learn More.

3700 W Pierce St

Saturday Hours
9 am - 3 pm

Sunday Hours
Not Open

Photography, Video, Tripods Permitted

Handicapped Accessible
Fully wheelchair accessible

Passport Site
Water Passport, Family Passport