The Urban Ecology Center is nestled in Milwaukee's east side along the Milwaukee River.
The center offers youth summer camps that encourage children to get their hands dirty while learning about nature.
"We learn about different animals and we learn about different plants and we play a lot of games. It's just super fun," said camper Ruby LaMacchia.
"Summer camp is a way to really fall in love with nature," said Beth Fetterly Heller, senior director of education and strategic planning for the Urban Ecology Center.
The center offers affordable memberships for students, individuals and families. Members get free access to equipment such as cross country skis, snowshoes, kayaks and canoes.
"The goal is to get people thinking about resources they can share, reduce our consumption, and get outside and play and have fun in the outdoors," Fetterly Heller said.
There are three Urban Ecology Branches: Riverside Park, Washington Park and the Menomonee Valley. The center averages 100,000 visitors a year.
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