Partnership announcement

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and River Revitalization Foundation (Land Trust) are non-profit environmental conservation organizations that focus on conserving the water resources, natural areas, and working lands of Southeast Wisconsin for the benefit of all. We aim to conserve the regional lands and waters to protect nature, provide wildlife habitat, and support community well-being.

Together the organizations own and actively manage over 36 nature preserves in Ozaukee, Washington, and Milwaukee counties. We believe all people should have access to the outdoors and the opportunity to become a steward of our shared natural resources. We offer public access for the purpose of providing connections to nature through stewardship activities and nature-based recreation in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River watersheds, as well as the Lake Michigan watershed.

 Visit our partner’s website to learn more about them: www.owlt.org

bird watching at night time

Now Hiring: Development Director

The Director will design, direct, and lead a new fundraising program, integrating programs from each organization including the annual fund, foundation and corporate giving, special events, the creation of formal major gifts and planned giving programs, and creation of a donor stewardship program. The Director will staff a volunteer Development Committee whose role is to partner with staff on fundraising activities with a focus on identification, qualification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors. Learn more & apply here: https://www.owlt.org/development-employment-opportunity

Now Hiring: Land Steward

We are seeking a passionate individual to assist with the stewardship, maintenance, and restoration of our nature preserves. Qualified individuals will demonstrate an enthusiasm to learn and grow skills related to ecological conservation. Utilizing sustainable management techniques and strong initiative, Land Stewards can look forward to getting their hands dirty restoring beautiful forests, prairies, wetlands, and other natural areas within Ozaukee, Washington, and Milwaukee Counties. Based primarily in the field, Land Stewards will work closely with OWLT/RRF staff and volunteers to control invasive species, plant native trees/shrubs, conduct prescribed fires, and maintain and improve trails, infrastructure, and access points. Land stewards will be expected to work in a variety of outdoor conditions and terrain. Learn more here: https://www.owlt.org/employment

Who we are

The mission of the River Revitalization Foundation is to establish a parkway for public access, walkways, recreation and education, bordering the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers; to use the rivers to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods; and to improve water quality.

From the past to the future, we are committed to the return of this vital natural resource for all as Milwaukee’s urban rivers land trust.

land acknowledgement

We acknowledge in Milwaukee that we are on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Michigami, North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida and Mohican nations remain present.

From the Electa Quinney Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Seed Library Image

News: Milwaukee SEED Library x RRF

RRF has partnered with the Milwaukee Seed Library to install a Free Seed Library in Turtle Park, outside of RRF's office.

The collaborative goal of Milwaukee Seed Library and RRF is to offer the Milwaukee community convenient access to seeds and educational resources that promote natural growth in the environment and the needs of individual gardeners. By doing so, they hope to encourage the experimentation and implementation of sustainable, safe, and consistent gardening practices.

RRF's 2023 Summer Riverine-terns worked with a Milwaukee Seed Library volunteer to design, construct and install the library in August 2023. The library features a miniature office to scale, with a living green roof! We hope you can visit the library and grow some seeds soon!

Visit the @MilwaukeeSeedLibrary on Instagram to learn more about the project!

Your support is critical to our work

Donations from nature lovers like you help support River Revitalization Foundation’s mission and green spaces.

Join our email list

Join our email list to receive our monthly River Recap, which offers updates on our work, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and plant and climate change education.