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The Big Cleanup

Thank you to the volunteers who battled the elements to join Milwaukee Recreation and Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB) for our Earth Day Cleanup event at Hawthorn Glen! See photos from the event here in our Facebook gallery!

Great American Cleanup

Celebrate Earth Day by making a positive impact in your community!

The Hawthorn Glen Outdoor Education Center is a 25-acre outdoor space of woodland, prairie, and fen, and home to many native animals and plants. Operated by Milwaukee Recreation, thousands of children attend the site each year with their schools and families.

Help us clean up Hawthorn Glen so we can jump into spring and be ready for visitors (one hour of volunteer time is encouraged). An annual event each April, the clean-up attracts over 100 enthusiastic volunteers each year to help us put litter and nature back in place. Whether you are an individual, a family, a scout troop, a civic organization, or a group of friends, your help is appreciated.

For more information, contact Nicole Sponholtz at 414-647-6043 or email Nicole [at] (When emailing our staff, please replace the "[at]" with a traditional "@" symbol. Ex:


Nicole Sponholtz

Citywide Programs Manager
Phone: 414-647-6043
Email: Nicole [at]

(When emailing our staff, please replace the "[at]" with a traditional "@" symbol. Ex:

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