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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

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