Sierra Club’s Nearby Nature program

The Sierra Club, America’s oldest and largest environmental organization, is expanding its work of protecting and exploring natural places by building a more just and inclusive environmental movement.  Local Nearby Nature campaigns underway include Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Puerto Rico.

In Milwaukee

Sierra Club’s Great Waters Group (Milwaukee Metro) is leading the effort to establish the program. Recognizing a great need in neighborhoods stressed by high poverty and injustice, the group is focusing its efforts in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Corridor and Lincoln Creek Greenways.

We believe celebrating natural areas enhances a community’s value, improves health and wellness and helps a seriously compromised environment in healing. In the corridor, industrial areas were left to waste and decay. Many of those areas need renewal and remediation and Sierra Club wants to be part of the solution.

Sierra Club wants to build partnerships and leverage its resources to nurture a community-driven effort of renewal and repair of natural areas. We hope this effort results in a dramatic increase in exploration, enjoyment and protection of natural areas in these communities.

 

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David Thomas

Action Team Co-chair, Great Waters Group (Milwaukee Metro)

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Eric Uram

Action Team co-chair, Sierra Club John Muir Chapter (Wisconsin)

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Sierra Club’s Nearby Nature program

Sierra Club’s Nearby Nature programThe Sierra Club Nearby Nature program is an environmental justice and equity initiative, to build healthier and more resilient communities everywhere. Six local campaigns are underway across the U.S. The Great Waters Group is focusing its efforts in neighborhoods stressed by poverty and racial injustice, particularly n Milwaukee’s 30th Street Corridor and Lincoln Creek Greenway.

Coming Events

  • Monday, March 18th, 6:30 pm, The March program will be held at its usual location at the Wauwatosa Library.  The topic will be "“Protecting Our Rivers and Lake Michigan with Green Infrastructure”.  The previously planned visit to the Black Historical Society Museum has been postponed to a future date.
  • Saturday, April 27th, Earth Day Nearby Nature Ccommunity Celebration. Celebrating resources and the grassroots environmental movement in the Community. Washington Park Urban Ecology Center.Tentative Agenda: 9-Noon, service work in the Park. 12-1 pm, Lunch and Keynote presentation by August Ball. Community environmental resource tables throughout. To participate in the resource tables, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To sign up for the volunteer work crew, Click here.
  • Also Saturday April 27th, Adopt-A-River Cleanup on Lincoln Creek with Riverkeeper annual River Cleanup.  Meet at 35th and Congress. To sign up, click here

Project Milestones

  • Youth Programs
    In partnership with Urban Ecology Center, we began an after-school youth program at Daniels-Mardak Boys and Girls club in April of 2018.  For the summer, we expanded the program to include Daniels-Mardak as well as Samuel Clemens School and the Lighthouse Youth Center in Garden Homes neighborhood.Over the summer, about 50 youths participated in weekly nature programs conducted by Urban Ecology staff.
  • Adopt-A-River
    In partnership with Milwaukee Riverkeeper, we adopted the section of Lincoln Creek from 35th and Congress to 34th and Hampton. This half-mile stretch of Lincoln Creek is an amazing 20 acre wild space that is home to diverse wildlife. We have conducted several clean-ups in the area and are reaching out to neighbors to see if there is interest in a nature trail through the area.  This is the natural area featured in Eddee Daniel's Milwaukee Magazine article, linked below.
  • Outings
    We are continually scheduling outings in areas of interest along the Lincoln Creek Greenway. Please check the events calendar.

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News featuring Nearby Nature MKE

A great feature article and photos by nature writer Eddee Daniel.  Article featuring our Neaby Nature Campaign.
https://www.milwaukeemag.com/sierra-club-bringing-nearby-nature-to-milwaukees-inner-city/ 

Article featuring Youth after-school programs partnership with Urban Ecology center and neighborhood Youth Serving agencies.
https://onmilwaukee.com/family/articles/nns-nearby-nature.html 

Shepherd Express article by Virginia Small outlines growing awareness of the Environmental Justice issue in Milwaukee:
https://shepherdexpress.com/news/features/environmental-justice-advocacy-growing-in-milwaukee/

 Photo by Eddee Daniel - Sierra Club members David Thomas and Veronica Bell in Lincoln Creek Greenway. 

 

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