Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead may be famous for this quote, but the women of the Whitefish Bay Garden Club brought it to life. Back in the spring of 1965, a group of 25 garden-club members came up with the idea for a local environmental education facility. They hit the ground running, and Riveredge Nature Center was established in 1968.
A lot has changed in the years since, but the nature sanctuary's mission remains the same: educate today and preserve tomorrow. Read on to learn more about how Riveredge stacks up by the numbers.
Although it began as a 72-acre plot of land, Riveredge Nature Center now spans 379 acres. The sprawling sanctuary is home to the 47-acre state natural area with a creek and pond, plus 10 miles of hiking rails. Its diverse landscapes include 28 acres of planted prairie, 7 deciduous forest types, and 1 fen.
With so many ecosystems, it's not surprising that the nature sanctuary not only features 23 types of soils and 580+ plant species, but a wide range of wildlife—including 186 bird species, 26 mammal species, and 7 species of anurans (think frogs and toads). Thanks to this hybrid, Riveredge has hosted more than 40 research endeavors to date.
It's not just scientists who are learning at Riveredge, though, thanks to a range of educational offerings. Visitors can stop by the education and visitor center for a look at the 4.2-kilowatt solar-energy system. More formal learning options include adults' Science for Everyone seminars, 90-minute summer adventures for kids, and 2 tree-climbing clubs.
When Milwaukee-area athletes and instructors aren't competing in their own events or teaching classes, they're planning 5Ks, mud runs, and biathlons for Silver Circle Sports Events, LLC. The events corral residents of all fitness levels and unleash them onto nearby streets, trails, and lakes for exercise, camaraderie, and fundraising. First Call 5K and 1/2 Marathon rings in the spring along the Glacial Drumlin Trail. The summer sees a wealth of events, including The Lake County Triathlon and a Thursday night 5K series shrouded in secrecy. When the fall sprints around, fun runs and 5Ks hit the trails, while the winter months usher in snowshoeing and skiing events.
Enjoy the work and thought of others with a cultural trip to Racine Civic Centre in Racine.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you're looking to learn more about a certain tradition or culture, you can do just that at Racine Civic Centre.
It's not every day that you see Wonder Woman, the Ninja Turtles, and the Powerpuff Girls running across a local college campus. But that's exactly what happens when Every Kid Needs a Superhero comes around. Participants in the 5K run/walks are encouraged to dress up like superheroes to help support kids in need through the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha. Chip timers determine whether the Hulk outpaced Supergirl, and post-race festivities including photo booths and a family-friendly carnival keep participants entertained once it's finished.
Stop by Body Education in Arlington Heights today and have a fun-filled adventure with the whole entire family.
Jab, hook, kick! These kickboxing classes will teach you the basic fundamentals and give you a great cardio workout.
When you need an emergency dose of motivation to keep your fitness goals going, you'll want to rely on the amazing team of personal trainers available here.
When you want to feel exhausted the next day, try a great cross fit workout.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.