Introducing: The Milwaukee Waters Investigation Project

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

The Milwaukee Waters Investigation is a grant funded opportunity that aims to connect K12 teachers and their students to local SE Wisconsin waterways.

On May 2nd, 2023, over 250 local students will hit our waterways for a citywide beach and river investigation and cleanup. Teachers (many of whom are Learn Deep Fellows) and their students will incorporate this event as part of a long term real-world exploration that focuses on Milwaukee’s Waterways. They will have 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.

  • Cost: None to participating teachers
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, May 2, 2023. 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Grades: 4th grade or higher.
  • Location: A river or beach site in the Milwaukee area. We can assign a location or you could possibly work at a site you currently visit.
  • Investigation: Includes a connection to their local waterways; pre-activities in their schoolyard to introduce students to May 2nd activities; the May 2nd event at a beach or river site with 3 sets of activities that students rotate through and then a picnic; and post activities that compare data collected from all sites, and a survey of student’s reflections and next steps they would like to see happen.
  • Other Resources: A classroom visit by a project partner can also be scheduled, at no cost, to introduce students to their local waterways and the world’s water resources.
  • Media Plan: In May 2023, the student’s projects will be shared with our media partners, public officials and community.

Sign Up

Schools and sites for the 2023 investigation have been selected.

If you are interested in participating during the 2023-2024 school year, please register your interest here: https://bit.ly/MWI2023

This Learn Deep effort is 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 in part by generous sponsorships by Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the Center for Great Lakes Literacy

Planning Partners

(organizations are not listed in any particular order)

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