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Partnership promotes importance of clean, abundant water

Group of kids gather around a table where a USDA Forest Service explains the different types of animal skuls, bones and molds of tracks
Regional Wildlife Program Manager Tracy Grazia leads visitors through wildlife skulls and furs interactive experience at the Forest Service booth. USDA Forest Service photo.

MILWAUKEE – On May 5, Milwaukee Wisconsin’s Discovery World opened its doors to the public, including underserved communities, offering free admission in partnership with the USDA Forest Service in celebration of Earth Day.


A total of 7,848 diverse visitors took advantage of the opportunity to join Woodsy Owl exploring interactive exhibits, petting stingrays in the Reiman Aquarium, creating nature-themed projects in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab, and participating in fishing tutorials courtesy of the Future Angler Foundation. 


Forest Service employees staffed a booth to share Woody’s motto of “Lend a hand, Care for the Land.” The employees also shared messages related to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species, and how the Forest Service helps provide clean, abundant water. Visitors also had the opportunity to learn more about species in the forest through an interactive experience handling wildlife skulls and furs. A highlight for many attendees was being able to take home a seedling to plant with their families. The Forest Service, Oconto River Seed Orchard grew Eastern white pine, American beech, wafer ash, and two white oak species for almost a year to be able to provide this opportunity.   


Access to Discovery World in partnership with the Forest Service generates excitement for science, technology, engineering and math for members of the community who need it most. This event is intended to provide a fun day of science in Milwaukee while igniting the spark for careers in the minds of children and young people.

The Forest Service and Discovery World both seek to help the public understand and practice wise use of natural resources and responsible outdoor recreational ethics for future generations. As partners, both organizations cooperate in the promotion of public awareness related to invasive species issues through outreach and educational activities which enhance conservation efforts for the Great Lakes ecosystem and help reduce the spread of invasive species across National Forest System Lands regionally and nationally. The partnership is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.   

Group of kids gather around a table where a pair of USDA Forest Service spin  their Earth Trivia wheel with a group of kids
Regional Fisheries Program Manager Amanda Kunzmann and Community Engagement Program Manager Lisa Myers lead visitors through Earth Day trivia wheel. Photo courtesy of Discovery World.