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.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center and surrounding city parks, the Edna Taylor Conservancy and Woodland Park, make up more than 100 acres of continuous natural area between Monona and Madison - offering teaching space, hiking trails and opportunities for exploration in prairie, wetland and woodland environments. Through the educational programs and interactive exhibits, the naturalists and volunteers that run the center equip members with the knowledge necessary to fully commune with the land and its inhabitants. Exploration guides chart preset courses through the park, and the center's exhibits break down natural phenomena, investigating everything from what causes global warming to investigating the life cycle of a drop of water as seen through its own eyes. As a reward for supporting the nature center through their annual contributions, members also gain access to special programs such as the Fall Fest and public events including Maple Syrup Fest.
There's really no better place to spend the weekend with your family than at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping in Madison.
Sign up for one of the kickboxing classes and learn basic kickboxing and self-defense moves.
The instructors at the aerobics classes make working out an enjoyable experience. Come see for yourself!
A MMA class is a great way to let your anger out and learn the basics of fighting and self-defense.
For an intense workout you'll feel the next day, take advantage of their circuit training.
When you stop by this gym today, try a personal trainer to start the journey to a more fit you.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping is a place you'll love to visit, so don't wait around, give them a call today!