HKE MKE - Sunday, October 9, 2022 | NOON - 4PM

To ensure urban nature is available to hike everyday - hike in urban nature on Sunday, October 9!

HKE MKE is BACK. Support the Urban Ecology Center during the 8th annual HKE MKE fundraiser presented by Rotary Club of Milwaukee.

Join us for 2.5 miles of beautiful hiking trails complete with local vendors, fun activities and fundraising challenges! After registering for HKE MKE, build your own fundraising page and share why you HKE MKE with your network! Then, grab some friends and see who can earn the most badges leading up to HKE MKE.

Check out the 2022 HKE MKE Route and Activities here. 

More HKE MKE Fun:

Join us for two urban nature events before HKE MKE! 

Shine a Light on Urban Nature (FREE)
Sunday, October 2 | 6:00-8:00PM
Erie Street Plaza / Milwaukee Sail Loft  
 - Help us kick off our HKE MKE activities by shining a light on urban nature! Watch as the Hoan Bridge is illuminated in UEC colors with other urban nature enthusiasts. If you've registered for HKE MKE already, you can pick up your registration materials too! 

Breaking Trail with Emily Ford (Only $10) 
Thursday, October 6 | 5:30-7:30PM
Washington Park 
  - Watch a special screening of Emily Ford's Breaking Trail documentary.  Then, enjoy a presentation and Q&A session with Emily. She'll discuss her hiking journey, how she has become an inspiration for people of color across the nation and how to be an ambassador for inclusivity in the outdoor industry.

If you still need to sign up for HKE MKE on Sunday, October 9, you can add either event at registration
If you can't make it for the Oct. 9 hike or forgot to add these events to a previous registration - sign up here.

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Why should you support HKE MKE?

Urban nature is a necessity.  As cities continue to grow, natural habitats and biodiversity are rapidly decreasing. However, with proper planning, community support and dedication to a cause, we can create a city where both people and nature thrive - as evident by the efforts of the Urban Ecology Center and YOU! 

Benefits of Urban Nature in Milwaukee: 

  • Improves learning and mental performance 
  • Provides a safe place to play and wonder 
  • Encourages environmental stewardship 
  • Inspires sustainable solutions 
  • Builds climate resiliency 
  • and brings SO MUCH LIFE to our city! 

100% of the funds raised through HKE MKE stay in our community and help the Urban Ecology Center:

  • Teach tens of thousands of urban youth about science and nature through hands-on experiences in green spaces in their own neighborhoods
  • Manage over 80 acres of native habitat in three Milwaukee parks
  • Study the health of wildlife populations in Milwaukee including, turtles, frogs, mammals, invertebrates, snakes, and bats
  • Connect community members to unique resources such as outdoor recreation and continued education opportunities.