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Riverside Park Overview

The Urban Ecology Center's green building in Riverside Park


1500 E. Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Current Hours

Tues - Thurs: Noon - 6pm
Fri: Noon - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 3pm
Sun & Mon: Closed

Phone: (414) 964-8505

General Fax for all branches: (414) 964-1084

Our Home in Riverside Park

Our Riverside Park branch is located at Milwaukee County's Riverside Park between the Riverwest and East Side communities, one of the most populated and diverse areas in Milwaukee.

The “green” building that houses our main offices, resource areas and classrooms is home to live animals, informational exhibits and user-friendly resource materials about the environment. Riverside Park includes 15 acres of wooded land and riparian habitat on the east bank of the Milwaukee River and an imaginative habitat-themed playground. This historic park is full of things to discover inside and out.


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By Bus

Visit Milwaukee County Transit System's website and use the Google Trip Planner to get door to door directions to your Riverside Park location by bus! We are located along the Green line express route. Get off the bus at Park Place (2600 block of Oakland). Walk west on Park Place for two blocks. The Urban Ecology Center will be on the right.


The Urban Ecology Center is located on the Oak Leaf Recreational Trail. Take the trail from the south past North Avenue. You will see our building on your right; it's the one with an observation tower. From the North take the trail past Locust Street and Riverside High School. Check out the following link for a map of the Oak Leaf Recreational Trail for options from your location.

Parking Information

There is a parking lot for visitors to both the Urban Ecology Center and Riverside Park. When driving west follow Park Place past the Urban Ecology Center over the bridge and turn left to enter the parking lot.

Explore the Center

Interactive Map

We'd love for you to come and visit, but in the meantime feel free to explore our Riverside Park branch with the interactive map below! Many thanks to Lucas Canino, who generously provided his time, talent, and expertise to create this cool interactive experience.

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Virtual Tour

Thanks to the hard work and talent of Glenn Sarlitto, we are excited to share a fantastic virtual tour of our Riverside Park facility. Click here for the virtual tour.



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