Riveredge to celebrate opening of River Outpost

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press staff

An open house will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, to mark the opening of the River Outpost building, which will aid in various programs, at the Riveredge Nature Center. 

The River Outpost is located on the bank of the Milwaukee River and will act as a “watershed education hub” to support educational programs, water quality efforts and the lake sturgeon restoration project, according to a press release.

Major donors of the River Outpost are West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. and the Fund For Lake Michigan.

“Riveredge has been working to increase its educational impacts with facilities that are usable in all four seasons, while identifying building sites that won’t negatively affect habitat,” Riveredge Marketing Director Ed Makowski said in a press release.

“The River Outpost is located in a previously disturbed building site near the Milwaukee River, providing optimum proximity for guest experience without impacting existing flora and fauna.” 

Mequon artist Sally Duback has been selected to create community-based artwork for display surrounding the River Outpost building. 

Duback’s work can be seen at Virmond Park, the Niederkorn Public Library, Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center, Messmer Elementary School and the Milwaukee Intermodal Station. 

For this project, visitors are invited to mold and paint clay artworks that relate to their experiences with the Milwaukee River and Watershed, which Duback will then fire, arrange, and incorporate into sculptural pieces to be installed permanently near the River Outpost building. 

Duback’s work is funded by a grant from the Mary L. Nohl Fund.

The Community Celebration to mark the opening of the River Outpost will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20.

 The event will include Wisconsin Friday perch fry and baked cod. Tickets for the meal must be purchased in advance. Music will be performed by Polka Fusion. 

For more information, visit riveredgenaturecenter.org.

 

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