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Monday, October 21 @ 6:30 PM
Central United Methodist Church, 639 N 25th st




Milwaukee's Nearby Nature program

Nearby Nature Milwaukee is an environmental justice and equity initiative, to build healthier and more resilient communities everywhere. The project began in 2017 as an initiative of the Great Waters Group but in 2019, Nearby Nature came under the fiscal sponsorship of the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium. The Great Waters Group is assisting and is focusing its efforts in neighborhoods stressed by poverty and racial injustice, particularly in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Corridor and Lincoln Creek Greenway.

Coming Events

For the latest information about events, go to the Facebook Pages for Nearby Nature and Great Waters Group

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. In the first 14 months of this program, over 75 hours of enviromental programming were deliverd to 84 youth in three Youth Serving Agencies.
  • 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 Facebook events.

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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. 

Article featuring Youth after-school programs partnership with Urban Ecology center and neighborhood Youth Serving agencies. 

Shepherd Express article by Virginia Small outlines growing awareness of the Environmental Justice issue in Milwaukee:

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



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.  Our local Nearby Nature campaign was funded by a seed grant that included projects in Millwaukee, Albuquerque, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Puerto Rico.

In Milwaukee

Sierra Club’s Great Waters Group (Milwaukee Metro) led 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.  In 2019, the effort took on some independance under the fiscal sponsorhip of the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium.

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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