2023 Milwaukee Waters Investigation

What if community partners came together to support teachers and students in projects that connect them to Milwaukee’s Waterways?

The Milwaukee Waters Investigation connects K12 teachers and their students to local SE Wisconsin waterways.

On May 2nd, 2023, over 325 local students hit our waterways for a citywide beach and river investigation and cleanup. Teachers (several of whom are Learn Deep Fellows ) and their students incorporated this event as part of a long term real-world exploration that focuses on Milwaukee’s Waterways. Along the way they had the support from various community science, education, environmental, and business partners to prepare for this field experience. The program offers professional development for participating teachers as well as access to supporting pre- and post activities.

Their experience is captured on the Project Story Map.

This Learn Deep effort was supported by funding through a Wisconsin Coastal Management Program Grant, and Center for Great Lakes Literacy in partnership with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful and Freshwater ToolKit.org

2023 Milwaukee Waters Investigation Sites

Lake Michigan beaches:

  • Schlitz Audubon Nature Center,
  • Doctor’s Park- Fox Point,
  • Atwater Beach,
  • Bradford Beach,
  • Grant Park

Milwaukee River sites:

  • Badger Meter Park
  • Hubbard Park

Schools Participating the MWI project

Brown Deer SD

  • Brown Deer Middle School

Glendale-River Hills SD

  • Glen Hills Middle School

Independent Charter Schools

  • Pathways High 

Shorewood SD

  • Lake Bluff Elementary School
  • St. Robert

St. Francis SD

  • Deer Creek Intermediate

2023 MWI Project Supporters

Partners supporting teachers and students in the Milwaukee Waters Investigation Project: (names in green link to the orgs. website)


The project is funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant # NA22NOS4190085

Planning Partners

Milwaukee Waters Investigation Team

Learn Deep Milwaukee Joost Allard 734-431-8365
  Pete Reynolds 414-630-5980
Freshwater Toolkit.org Kae Donlevy 414-588-0617
KGMB Zoe Jump 414-272-5060


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