The purpose of our fundraiser is to get children from Southeast Wisconsin Public Schools (especially Milwaukee’s inner city) to the Kettle Moraine State Forest where they will see, smell, and feel how wonderful nature is. Quite a few children in every group are amazed and enchanted by their experience.
Kettle Moraine State Forest’s Palmyra Environmental Learning Center has daily programs for grades K5 to 12. Participants will see some of our planet’s finest examples of glacial topography, flora, and fauna. The five hour programs run between 9 AM and 2 PM.
Milwaukee schools used to send 4-5 groups almost every week of the school year. The Milwaukee Public Schools’ administrators unfortunately stopped funding trips to the Palmyra Environmental Learning Center.
Our target is to fund 4 groups of children every week of the school year. The cost per group is $385: $195 wages for naturalists and maintenance plus $190 for a bus. Up to 65 children can be in a group.
The Learning Center’s programs are:
Trees and Birds
Native American Lore
Animal Tracking and Animal Homes
Edible and Non-Edible Plants
Pond Study Instrument Study
I Want to Discover
Winter in the Forest and Winter Survival
Reading the Landscape and Conservation