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Extended Learning Adventures

 
 
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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 and winter, spring, and summer breaks.
  • Some adventures require parent drop-off and pickup 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 elo@milwaukee.k12.wi.us. Non-attendance may affect future participation. 

Urban Ecology Center Scholarships for MPS Students

Grade levels below are based on the student’s grade in the 2023–24 school year. Scholarships are available for the following camps. Students will need a bag lunch for these adventures. Spaces are limited. 

School's Out:
Grades 1–5

Registration closed—camp full

Join us for a delightful spring break outdoors, where your kids can enjoy hikes, explore tree climbing, observe birds, catch bugs, play in the park, and visit around a campfire! We encourage curious minds through outdoor activities, fun games, imaginative play, and plenty more. 

Monday, March 25, 2024 
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 
Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center 
3700 W. Pierce Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215 
Tuesday, March 26, 2024
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 
Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center 
3700 W. Pierce Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215 
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 
Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center 
3700 W. Pierce Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215 
Thursday, March 28, 2024 
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 
Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center 
3700 W. Pierce Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215 
Friday, March 29, 2024 
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 
Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center 
3700 W. Pierce Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215 

 

Transportation 

Families are responsible for transporting the student to and from the Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center.
Students also need a bag lunch each day. 

Wisconsin Humane Society Scholarships for MPS Students

Grade levels below are based on the student’s grade in the 2023–24 school year. Scholarships are available for the following camps. Students will need a bag lunch for these adventures. Spaces are limited. 

Barks and Blooms Camp: Grades 1–6

Registration closed—camp full

Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee Campus 
4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53208 

Thursday, March 28, 2024 
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 

"Spring" into an awesome day of animal antics! During this in-person camp, kids will jump into career exploration and meet some animal friends. 

 

Transportation 

Families are responsible for transporting the student to and from the Wisconsin Humane Society. 
Students also need a bag lunch each day. 

Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park Scholarships for MPS Students

Grade levels below are based on the student’s grade in the 2023–24 school year. Scholarships are available for the following camps. Students will need a bag lunch for these adventures. Spaces are limited. 

Wehr Nature Center:
Grades 2–4 

Registration closed—camp full

Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park 
9701 W. College Avenue, Franklin, WI 53132 
Geologist for a Day

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Build models of rocks with LEGOs, make your fossil, and take a hike to discover the landscape that glaciers left behind. 

Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct

Thursday, March 28, 2024 
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Do you have a dinosaur in your backyard? Come to Wehr to discover how our backyard birds are related to T. Rex. We will learn about feathers, flight, and other cool bird adaptations, talk to some real turkeys, and hike to discover wild birds. 

Amphibian Adventures 

Friday, March 29, 2024 
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Hop over to Wehr to celebrate the awesomeness of amphibians. Meet live frogs, toads, and salamanders, sing like a frog, and explore Wehr's vernal pond for wood frogs and salamanders.

 

Transportation 

Families are responsible for transporting the student to and from the Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park. 
Students also need a bag lunch each day. 

Zoological Society of Milwaukee Scholarships for MPS Students

Grade levels below are based on the student’s grade in the 2023–24 school year. Scholarships are available for the following camps. Students will need a bag lunch for these adventures. Spaces are limited. 

STEAM Staycation Camp:
Grades 3–4 

Registration closed—camp full

Join us during spring break for two fun-filled days where we will learn, create, and imagine around the zoo! Campers will use art and science to gain a deeper understanding of their favorite animals at the zoo. 

Two-Day Camp
Monday, March 25 and
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 
Zoological Society of Milwaukee
10005 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226
Two-Day Camp
Thursday, March 28 and
Friday, March 29, 2024 

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 
Zoological Society of Milwaukee
10005 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226

 

Transportation 

Families are responsible for transporting the student to and from the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.
Students also need a bag lunch each day. 

Discovery World Scholarships for MPS Students

Grade levels below are based on the student’s grade in the 2023–24 school year. Scholarships are available for the following camps. Students will need a bag lunch for these adventures. Spaces are limited. 

Discovery World

Discovery World 
500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202 

Build:
Grade 1

Five-Day Camp
Monday, July 29 to
Friday, August 2, 2024 

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Design your dream city! You'll build models of buildings, bridges, and more in this constructive camp. 

Ships Ahoy:
Grades 2–3

Five-Day Camp
Monday, August 5 to
Friday, August 9, 2024 

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Set your course for adventure! Learn how to  navigate uncharted waters, keep a miniature boat afloat, and decipher the markings on a map. Master these skills . . . and the treasure be yarrrrs! 

Clothing Designer:
Grades 4–5

Five-Day Camp
Monday, July 29 to
Friday, August 2, 2024 

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Own your look! Experiment with sewing methods and professional tools as you design and create your own incredible fashions from everyday items. 

LEGO Robot Engineer: Grades 4–5

Five-Day Camp
Monday, August 12  to
Friday, August 16, 2024 

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Take your robot skills to the next level. Think creatively as you build and program one of our LEGO Mindstorms EV3s to complete a series of challenges. 

Custom Electric Guitar:
Grades 6–8:

Five-Day Camp
Monday, July 29 to
Friday, August 2, 2024 

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Show your style while you shred. Come up with a theme, create and apply custom graphics to the guitar body and pick guard, and work with our staff to assemble and personalize your electric guitar! 

Video Game Designer: Grades 6–8

Five-Day Camp
Monday, August 5 to
Friday, August 9, 2024 

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

What does it take to make a video game? Design a digital world, set up rules, add assets to your environment, and test, test, test as you learn the process of creating a game. 

 

Transportation 

Families are responsible for transporting the student to and from Discovery World. 
Students also need a bag lunch each day. 

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