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Adventure Information

  • Extended Learning Opportunities is sponsoring several adventures with community partners for students.
  • Most adventures are FREE of charge for MPS students and city of Milwaukee residents (MPS students receive priority registration).
  • Adventures may be held during non-school days, winter, spring, and/or summer breaks.
  • Some adventures require parent drop-off and pick-up as well as a bag lunch.

Registration Reminders

  • Space is limited. If submitting more than one registration, it may be necessary to limit one opportunity per child based on availability. 
  • MPS students receive priority registration. Non-MPS students will be notified via email if spots become available only if all necessary forms are completed. Priority registration is also given to students who have never participated in an extended learning adventure through ELO. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: When completing forms, make sure to select the grade based on the criteria listed.
  • Families will receive an email communication confirming enrollment status. Email addresses should be current and accurate on registration forms.
  • Registration will close either when full or one week prior to the start date.
  • If it becomes necessary to cancel your child's registration, please contact (414) 475-8238 or email Non-attendance may affect future participation. 

Non-School-Day Adventure Descriptions

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  Urban Ecology Center (grades 1–6)

Location: Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park (1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211) 
Title: Wisconsin Winter Extravaganza 
Date: Monday, December 27, 2021 
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Description: School's out! Join us for a whole day of winter fun outdoors as we learn what makes Wisconsin special in the winter. Learn about native animals, discover new winter games and activities, and even build your own shelter! 

Location: Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park (1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211) 
Title: Wilderness Exploration 
Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2021 
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Description: Make new friends as you venture into the woods, learn how to snowshoe, and complete a scavenger hunt.  

Location: Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park (1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211) 
Title: Winter Survival Challenge 
Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Description: Would you know how to survive a Wisconsin winter in the wild? Spend time making your own shelter, building a fire, and learning how to find your way in the woods. 

Location: Urban Ecology Center at Menomonee Valley (3700 W. Pierce Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215) 
Title: Animals in Winter 
Date: Thursday, December 30, 2021 
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Description: We'll learn about different ways that animals survive the winter, from staying warm to hiding food. We'll explore the various habits of winter animals and the shelters that they use — and perhaps build some of our own. 

Location: Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park (1859 N. 40th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208) 
Title: Outdoor Sports 
Date: Monday, January 3, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Description: Snow or no snow, we'll have a blast enjoying the cold! From cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to completing a scavenger hunt, we'll do it all! 

  Wehr Nature Center (grades 1–3)

Location: Wehr Nature Center (9701 W. College Avenue, Franklin, WI 53132) 
Title: Winter Nature Detectives 
Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2021 
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Description: Campers will become nature detectives as we discover what animals do in the winter. We will practice our sleuthing skills when we hunt for animal tracks, nibbles, and crumbs along Wehr's trails and learn about adaptations that help animals survive our Wisconsin winters. Children will make plaster track casts, become hibernating bears, and try to create the best winter coat in a design challenge. 

  Wisconsin Conservatory of Music (grades 6–12) VIRTUAL CAMP

Location: Students will need a technology device at home to participate in this virtual camp. 
Title: Virtual Music Technology Camp 
Date: Thursday, December 23, 2021, and  Monday, January 3, 2022 — Students must commit to both days to attend.
Time: 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Description: Join Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty for two days of creating and composing music with digital audio workstations to sample, record, mix, and master. This two-day winter camp is an introduction to the rapidly growing industry of music production and technology. There is no need for any musical background to participate, and software subscriptions will be provided with registration. Headphones are recommended for this camp. 

  Wisconsin Humane Society (grades 1–6) FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED

Location: Wisconsin Humane Society (4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53208) 
Title: Bow Wow Blizzard Camp
Date: Thursday, December 30, 2021 
Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Description: Come in from the cold and warm up with some fuzzy friends at the Wisconsin Humane Society–Milwaukee Campus "Bow Wow Blizzard Camp," a one-day winter camp for kids in grades 1–6. Camp provides a wonderful way for kids to learn all about the Wisconsin Humane Society. We'll explore ways that kids can make a difference for animals and the people who love them. There will be fun activities, including an Adoption Avenue tour, crafts, games, and even a chance to meet some animal guests! 


Extended Learning Opportunities

Phone: 414-475-8238
Fax: 414-475-8316
Office Email:

MPS Central Services, Room 150

Non-School-Day Adventure Registration Links 

Urban Ecology Center (EnglishSpanish)  

Wehr Nature Center (English, Spanish)

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music (English, Spanish

Wisconsin Humane Society (English, Spanish)  FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED 

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