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Overlooking Riverside Park, the Urban Ecology Center offers breathtaking views of the surrounding forests along the Milwaukee River. Your guests will enjoy taking a stroll in our gardens, exploring our award-winning building and admiring the view from our second-floor deck and tower.

We would love to host your event and can accommodate a wide variety of parties including weddings, receptions, dinners and birthday parties, as well as your organization’s next fundraiser, business meeting or retreat.

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Reviews of Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park

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Kayla Sent on 12/05/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful summer wedding at the Urban Ecology Center - a Milwaukee gem!

Had our wedding here this past July. It was the most perfect venue. Ceremony outside in the arboretum, reception inside the beautiful building. We are still getting compliments on how beautiful and fun the venue was. MaryBeth runs weddings and events and such and she is a gift from the heavens when it comes to event planning! We had to postpone our event (was supposed to be in 2020) and she helped us handle everything including navigating all the new safety recommendations. 10/10 would recommend everyone get married here. Or just visit - beautiful hiking trails and a fun building (with an animal room!) right downtown is such a treat.
Sarah Sent on 10/28/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Fun, unique venue

We are so happy we held our reception at the UEC. Mary Beth and all the UEC staff were so helpful in preparing for our big day. They are very transparent with pricing so you know exactly what you’re getting. Bringing in our own food and beverage was a huge plus. What a gorgeous venue!
Joy Sent on 06/15/2017
5 out of 5 rating
Urban Ecology Center was a great choice for our big day.

They offer the perfect balance of budget and service. It was well priced, but also came with venue services that so many other economical choices don't have. We were able to choose our own caterer, they have a kitchen and dishes to use. We were able to bring certain items in advance. They have the capacity for screens, a bar, an area perfect for buffet, etc. So you have a lot of flexibility as you select vendors, yet the venue still provides staff to flip the room between ceremony and reception and offer other help.

There are tons of great places at the venue for pictures, so I know we'll have a lot of different "looks" even though they were all on the premises!

All our guests loved the venue. It has a lot to offer. There's so much natural wood that we didn't need to do much decorating. My now-husband and I both like sustainability and nature, so this also really complimented our personalities, which a lot of guests commented on as well. I love the concept of getting married at a location that we can go back to over the years, and this venue definitely fits that bill, with free wifi and coffee and tons of community events and programs.
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