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What’s the Urban Ecology Center?

Glad you asked! The Urban Ecology Center is a community center that connects people in cities to nature and each other in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our vision is to inspire generations to build environmental curiosity, understanding, and respect. We restore hope and heal our urban natural world, neighborhood by neighborhood. Visit our main site (leave this online store).

A portion of your purchase will bring kids out into nature to learn science, adults out into nature to canoe, and communities into nature to build camaraderie and purpose.

Where do I read more about you?

Urban Ecology: A Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World by UEC Executive Director Ken Leinbach (also sold through Boswell Books and Amazon




Are these items eco-friendly?

Yes! All of the items are vetted by a team of Urban Ecology Center staff members before they are added to the store. Our team looks for materials used and the sustainability statements of the manufacturer. We have a smaller store as a result, but we want to offer only the products we support.

When will I get my stuff?

It takes up to 10 days to have your custom item(s) ready to ship. Plus the shipping time. This “print on demand” model allows us to save waste from unsold products. Please be patient.

Merchandise Outlet

Many of you may remember that before we had this online store, we had a little shopping area in our Riverside Park branch. We collected all of those items and you can now purchase them at an online Merchandise Outlet.

In this store you'll find items like:

  • Young Voices from Wild Milwaukee: the Urban Ecology Center and Me by Gail Grenier (also sold through Amazon).
  • Stainless Steel 18oz. Klean Kanteen Water Bottles
  • Baby onesies
  • Bamboo utensil set with spoon, fork, knife, metal straw, and straw brush.
  • And more!

Click here to visit the Merchandise Outlet!

Please note: The Merchandise Outlet has limited sizes and items and is separate from this online store. When you purchase something from the Merchandise Outlet, it will be placed in that store’s cart. You can’t combine carts and you will be charged a different fee for shipping. You have the option for Merchandise Outlet items (only) to be delivered to our Riverside Park branch (1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee, WI) at no charge.

Our products are custom made for you. Orders typically ship within 10 business days.

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