You covered this boy in mud!

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Dear Riveredge Family,

You did this! Yes, that right, you covered this poor kid in mud. And, look, he’s loving it!

Truly, nothing at Riveredge happens without your volunteer time, your contributions, your passion. And this year, YOU went all out.

  • You made getting outside easy for fourth graders and their families through an ‘Every Kid in a Park’ partnership with the national park foundation to provide families with fourth graders free access to Riveredge!
  • You put elementary students in waders and gave them buckets as part of the pilot Riveredge Scientist-in-Residence program at the West Bend School District!
  • You set field stones and shored up the banks of the Milwaukee River where more than 9,000 students learn about the watershed and its role in the larger ecosystem;
  • You took families down trails surrounded by prairie flowers on a warm autumn day as part of the pilot Family Nature Club sponsored by Riveredge.
  • You raised and released over 1,000 baby Lake Sturgeon that will one day produce even more Lake Sturgeon in the Milwaukee River – for the first time in over 100 years!

I could go on, by sharing news of three new people you hired to make a difference

Carly Swatek, Educational Technology and Evaluations Specialist, secured grant funding to conduct an evaluation of student impact on outdoor learning during the 2016 school year which will help inform the role that educational technology can play to extend hands-on experiences.

Matt Smith, Land Manager, started an initiative to remove vegetation hindering the growth of the large oaks on the property thus re-establishing the presence of an oak savanna habitat.

Cassie Bauer, Community Programs Manager, brought Riveredge expertise to the Milwaukee Zoo, Betty Brinn Children’s Musuem, and a number of Milwaukee’s summer festivals.

YOU are on a roll to ‘Redefine the Role of the Nature Center.’Forty-seven years ago, we set out together to preserve a slice of ‘wild Wisconsin’ and to use that land to connect children and adults to the natural world. Now, we are going beyond the nature center to expand our impact and meet the needs of families and communities today. Together, we are creating deep partnerships with schools and organizations to transform the culture of our formal education systems, communities, and lifestyles so that nature isn’t something we LOOK at, it’s something we LIVE.

As all good Riveredge Kids know, everything is connected to everything. If you haven’t already, please join the movement to bring the great outdoors to families, schools, and neighborhoods. Continue making a difference by renewing your membership or make a gift to the Riveredge end of year campaign by December 31st.

Thank you!
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