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Free Autumn celebration at Urban Ecology Center this Saturday

Autumn festivities abound in Milwaukee, and the Washington Park branch of the Urban Ecology Center will be hosting it’s free annual Autumn Celebration on Saturday, October 24 from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

The event will feature pumpkin carving, caramel apple making, lawn games, and giant leaf piles, and apple cider making demonstrations every half hour starting at 1:30pm and ending at 3:00pm.

A homemade cider press will be used for the demonstrations, and the apples have been harvested from Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary in Saukville, WI. The fruit is all organic, free of any pesticides or fertilizers. Many different varieties of apples will be used, ranging in levels of sweetness, to achieve a complex flavor. Many batches of cider will be pasteurized in advance to ensure that it’s safe and the pasteurized samples will be available to taste.

And, did you know an orchard has recently been started in Washington Park? According to Erick Anderson, Community Program Coordinator of the Washington Park branch, “It will be a few years before any of the trees can start bearing fruit … but in the future we’ll be able to pick apples right from the park and press them into cider”.

The Autumn Celebration will again be free to families this year thanks to support from the Washington Park Partners. There will also be a free community cookout prior to the start of the event at 12:30. Hot Dogs and veggie burgers will be available. Donations to the Urban Ecology Center are encouraged.

Contact: Jeff McAvoy, Director of Marketing & Communications

(414) 964-8505 |

The Urban Ecology Center is a neighborhood-based, nonprofit environmental community organization with locations in Milwaukee’s historic Riverside and Washington Parks and the Menomonee Valley. The Center provides environmental education programs for children and adults, maintains and enhances nearby green spaces, and conducts wildlife and habitat research projects in these urban environments. The Urban Ecology Center serves tens of thousands of visitors, including students from over 52 neighborhood schools, and helps provide a positive, safe place for everyone to learn more about how the world around us works. For more information, or call (414) 964-8505.

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