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Transformation of abandoned post-industrial land into an educational and recreational green space
Seeded with a $400,000 commitment from the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and developed by the Urban Ecology Center, the Arboretum is a place where all people can learn and have first-hand experience with nature. Spanning more than 40 acres, land has been remediated, restored and planted with native species – 2,700 trees, 4,300 shrubs and 60,000 grasses and wild flowers. A newly-planted native oak savannah ecosystem adds to the Center’s outdoor teaching space, expanding the educational programming possibilities. Designated a Children’s Forest by the U.S. Forest Service, it includes 3 outdoor learning areas and many "imaginature" stations for exploring. Projected to welcome 300,000 visitors per year, the Arboretum is a safe and inviting site for recreation in the heart of the city, a sanctuary of natural beauty, and a respite from otherwise hectic lives. A stone archway marks passage into the Arboretum, an enduring symbol of Rotary’s commitment to the community, environment, and education.
01 July 2008
28 September 2013
Milwaukee, WI, USA (Rotary Club)
Ms. Mary L. McCormick, Milwaukee | contact
Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum project descriptionUrban Ecology CenterMilwaukee Journal Sentinel Article
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