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River Revitalization Foundation

Welcome friends and nature lovers.

Information about our web site.
 We have basic information on these pages now. Below you will find Donations, Photo gallery, Milwaukee River Greenway, Volunteer Information, Contact Information & About Us: Mission, Vision, Goals.  April 16, 2020.

Because of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) regulations requiring all non-essential businesses and non-profits to cease public operations, River Revitalization Foundation’s office at 2134 N Riverboat Road is closed to the public.

Our land and the trails are open for fresh air, hiking, dog walking and fishing. Please enjoy and respect the land and water and keep a distance between yourselves and others using the trails of six feet to help eliminate the spread of the virus. The trails that run north of our property along the Milwaukee River are under the supervision of Milwaukee County Parks Department. They are likewise open at this time for safe, space aware use.

Feel free to visit, but do respect the land and water. Leave nothing but footprints, pick up after your dog. If you want to help keep the trails and land looking good and you are willing, pick up trash and deposit it in the Green Trash bins or Blue Trash Bins for recyclable items.


River Revitalization Foundation, Staff and Board

Young Beaver on the Milwaukee River

We survive on Donations, consider making a donation below. Thanks!

About Us Contact Us and Donations History

RRF Biennial Report 2018 -2019




About Us Photo Gallery

Today along the Milwaukee River

Gordon Park Memorial
Goose still sleeping, 6:30 AM April 16, 2020
Under North Avenue Bridge, April 15, 2020
About Us Contact RRF Contact Us Contact Us & Contact Us and Donations Funding


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Activities Contact RRF Restoration Work

Connecting People

Looking for Macroinvertebrates

Glenda Puhek: Artist in residence in the Milwaukee River Greenway

River Revitalization offers opportunities for people to connect with Milwaukee’s urban rivers.  This connection to water and nature is central to our mission of protecting Milwaukee’s rivers. Community members help take care of land, open green space and trails.  This work connects neighborhoods with each other, teaches and encourages safe interactions with urban land and rivers, and helps restore our river systems.

No activities this EarthDay 2020 but make everyday Earthday

About Us Photo Gallery

Nature in Pictures

Restoration Work

Milwaukee River Greenway

River Revitalization Foundation is the lead organization in the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition, a group of stakeholders engaged in protecting the ecological and recreational value of over 800 acres of greenspace. The Coalition worked with the Village of Shorewood and the City of Milwaukee to adopt protective ordinances which passed in 2006 and 2010 respectively that permanently protect the Milwaukee River valley from insensitive development. This Milwaukee River Greenway Master Plan was completed in 2010 with much public input. This document provides a comprehensive vision for the river as a unique urban wilderness containing restored natural communities and shared recreational opportunities.

RRF, in collaboration with many partner groups, is actively restoring portions of the Greenway, through invasive species removal and planting native plants.  RRF is also currently assessing trails to formulate plans for trail improvement.

Milwaukee Greenway Map

Restoration Work

Volunteer Oportunities

FORB | Fostering Our Riparian Biodiversity

Join our land management team in restoration activities along the Milwaukee River! Volunteers meet and work alongside other individuals passionate about the natural world and preserving its integrity.


Mondays:  2pm-4pm

Fridays:  1pm-4pm

1st and 2nd Saturdays February-November:  9am-12pm

*Please attend a required Volunteer Orientation Session prior to starting volunteer hours! Orientation sessions will be offered every 2nd Wednesday Feb. to Nov. at 5pm located at our office.

Email or call 414-271-8000×2 to reserve your spot! 

RRF will provide the necessary tools, supplies and work gloves. Activities could include, but are not limited to: removing invasive species, establishing natives, watering, trail maintenance, processing seed, controlling erosion, and various other habitat restoration activities.

Where to Meet:  Each volunteer day begins at our office located at 2134 N. Riverboat Rd., Milwaukee 53212. Our office is a renovated single-story home complete with a green roof and solar panels!  Debriefing takes place inside – come on in and make yourself at home.

Clothing:  Please dress appropriately for the weather. The majority of our volunteer activities will be held outside. Wear close-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. 

Volunteer Incentive:  FREE use of kayaks and canoes! For every 10 hours logged in a year, volunteers qualify for 3 opportunities to use our paddling equipment and boats. Offer is limited to the number of boats and staff members available. Volunteers must provide staff 48 hours notice to utilize boat incentive.

We can also accommodate larger groups (max of ~25) for your work, school/youth group, organization, etc.  Email with any volunteer questions or for more information on how to schedule a group work day. 

Activities Contact RRF Restoration Work

Contact US

River Revitalization Foundation
2134 N Riverboat Road
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Volunteer Coordinator
Paige Papelbon


About Us

River Revitalization Foundation
Urban Rivers Land Trust

The mission of the River Revitalization Foundation is to establish a parkway for public access, walkways, recreation and education, bordering the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers; to use the rivers to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods; and to improve water quality.

From the past to the future, we are committed to the return of this vital natural resource for all as Milwaukee’s urban rivers land trust.

Our long-term vision is to recreate the urban landscape using the river as a focal point. As a land trust, the River Revitalization Foundation will impact the quality of life through neighborhood restoration, economic vitality, conservation of natural areas, and creation of public access to these natural areas and open spaces.

The River Revitalization Foundation advocates environmental conservation, public access and sensitive recreation in metro Milwaukee’s river watersheds. To address critical land use issues and further the greenway concept, our primary focus includes ensuring:

  • Public access;
  • Preservation of the River Valley;
  • Preservation of green space in a dense urban area;
  • Riparian buffers against encroaching development;
  • Links with neighborhoods on both sides of the river;
  • Conservation of critical habitat and wildlife areas.

By convening partners with shared vision, values and mission, we can influence planning decisions made along this corridor.

The River Revitalization Foundation was established in 1994 by two of the larger service clubs in Wisconsin: Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee, and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, in response to recommendations made by the Milwaukee River Revitalization Council to improve the environmental quality of the Milwaukee River Basin. These recommendations are found in the Riverway Plan (1991), our guiding document. Our long-term goal is to recreate the urban landscape using the river as a focal point. As a land trust, we will impact the quality of life through neighborhood restoration, economic vitality, conservation of natural areas, and creation of public access to these natural areas and open spaces. “Green infrastructure” addresses this concept; by incorporating open space in urban planning, we have relief, through access to these spaces, from the intensity and pace of a dense urban environment. The community would be enhanced in many ways.

River Revitalization Foundation