Giving thanks for the Riveredge Family

Dear Riveredge Family,

I wish I could invite you all over for a gigantic Thanksgiving Feast. I’d make a huge pumpkin pie served with lots of hand-whipped cream. I’d raise you the best heritage turkey and serve it with Riveredge grown butternut squash. And for our vegetarian friends, I’d make sure to have lots and lots of Riveredge beets, potatoes, apple cider, and hazelnuts on the menu as well. We’d top it all off with maple syrup, and maybe a side course of pancakes…of course!

The magical world of Riveredge Nature Center only occurs because of the Riveredge Family. Thank you for being part of that family. If you volunteer…thank you. If you hike the trails…thank you. If you join the fun of the Frothy Forage, Pancake Breakfast, or Farm-to-Table Dinner…thank you. If you spend your days learning, growing, and exploring at Riveredge…thank you. If you choose Riveredge as a recipient of a charitable gift…thank you.

For, you see, we can’t do any of this alone. We can only change the world, and make it a bit brighter every day, through joining hands and doing this work together.

If I was able to pull off a gigantic Thanksgiving feast for the Riveredge Family, I’d need a really, really, big table. In the year ahead, we’d like to make that table even larger!

So as a way to further inspire folks to choose a nature-rich life outdoors, we are opening the trails at Riveredge from Thursday – Sunday free of charge. As this holiday season begins, we invite you to celebrate great company amidst the scent of cedars, the tussle of tumbling leaves, the calming flow of the Milwaukee River. Invite the poeple in your life to experience this magical nature preserve made possible by YOU, the Riveredge Family.

So, after you are done passing the pumpkin pie, spread the word and share this little piece of heaven on earth. Come for a hike at Riveredge and bring the entire extended family, friends, and anyone else who has a seat at your Thanksgiving Table.

And, most importantly, please know the incredible gratitude we have for YOU not only today, but every day of every year. You make a difference!

 

With great gratitude,

Jessica Jens
Executive Director
Riveredge Kid Since 2013

 

 

Opt Outside this Weekend!

Riveredge Nature Center buildings will be closed Thursday, November 28 and re-opening Monday, December 2. As always, our trails are open sunup to sundown and for this Thanksgiving weekend we’re thanking our community by inviting everyone to opt outside and explore Riveredge free of charge! 


With more than 379 acres of land and ten miles of meandering trails, wild Wisconsin is closer than you imagine. Lose yourself in one of the most beautifully restored natural sanctuaries in southeastern Wisconsin. With prairies, woods, ponds, and over one mile of Milwaukee River shoreline, you’ll always have something new to explore at Riveredge.


Wisconsin’s gun deer hunting season takes place Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, December 1. Riveredge Nature Center does not permit any hunting on the grounds. We are, however, located in a rural area and surrounded by other rural farm and forested properties. For sake of safety, we encourage everyone to wear blaze orange and bright colors while exploring the outdoors, throughout Wisconsin, during this time of year.