Secrets of Nature Photography

Thursday, Dec. 8th ♦ 6:30-8pm ♦ Grant Park Golf Clubhouse

Bring your questions to ask the talented people whose patience, technique and composition produced the great photos featured in our Friends of Grant Park 2017 Calendar. Featuring the work of:

Dalibor Mrkic ♦ Rita Wiskowski ♦ Todd Leech


Light refreshments will be served in the festively decorated clubhouse. We hope you can join us. Calendars will be available for sale.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Something’s spooky about this…

Trek ‘n Treat • Oct. 16th • 1 – 4 pm • Grant Park Area 5

Families are invited to “view the haunts of nature” in Grant Park, South Milwaukee, on Sunday, October 16th from 1 pm-4 pm. Friends of Grant Park is sponsoring an educational/fundraiser event called Trek ‘n Treat. Registration is $2/participant at Area 5, costumes optional. Participants will follow the trails through the 7 Bridges area to approximately 20 stations in the park, answer nature related questions, and receive treats along the way. The long route meanders through the ravine to historic Wulff Lodge, the short route is handicapped accessible.  In Shelter 5A there will be refreshments, pumpkin painting, birding information and other activities related to the park and its unique habitat. The new 2017 Grant Park Calendar, featuring photos by local residents, will also be for sale for $10 each or $9 each for two or more. For more information call 414-764-0461.


Get your copy of the Friends of Grant Park 2017 Calendar!

• A gorgeous full-color calendar filled with spectacular park pictures by local photographers
• The perfect gift for nature lovers
• Includes dates for South Milwaukee and Friends of Grant Park events
• All proceeds will be used for maintenance and improvement of Grant Park
in South Milwaukee
• Friends of Grant Park is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
Special thanks to the photographers
• Lynn Crawford
• Mary Francis
• Sue Hibben
• Todd Leech
• Dalibor Mrkic
• Keith Orcholski
• Laura Rubin
• Michael Timm
• Rob Vajagich
• Rebecca Wheeler
• Rita Wiskowski
…and more who have graciously allowed the Friends of Grant Park to use their photo(s) for the calendar, and the calendar commitee: Pam Uhrig, Debby Pizur, Jackie Benka, Betsy Abert and Sue Hebner.

Pre-order your calendar and save!

Pre-order, early-bird pricing good until October 15, 2016. 
_____ $10 each (Save 17%)
_____  $9 each for 2 or more (Save 25%)
Calendars will be available for purchase (cash or check only) at Parkway Floral by Aug. 15.
Calendars may be ordered by mail: Please add $1.50 per calendar for shipping & handling to the above prices. Send your name, address, city, and zip code. Make check payable to “Friends of Grant Park” and mail to:
421 Hawthorne Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI 53172

Adopt a Beach Clean up Sat., Sept. 10th

The Friends of Grant Park, partnering with Alliance for the Great Lakes, will host a fall beach clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 10th between 9 am and noon. We’ll focus on the 7 Bridges Trail beach again, accessing it via Lot 5 parking area. We’ll provide plastic bags, a latex glove, bug spray and lemonade. A check off sheet and pencil will help you note the type of garbage you collect, so that we can tally all the garbage data and use it to pinpoint problems on the beach.


Please pre-register if you plan to participate at This will help us to have enough supplies for our volunteers.

Questions? Call Jody Johnson at (414) 764-7262.

Protect Our Ravine!

 An Evening with Friends of Grant Park and Alliance for the Great Lakesravine-1 DSC_4326 

Join the Friends of Grant Park and Ethan Brown from Alliance for the
Great Lakes for an enjoyable short walk to explore and learn about our
own ravine and how we can engage the community to become stewards of this treasure.

Thursday, May 12, from 5 – 7 pm, Area 5a (brown) pavilion
A light meal will be served afterwards. Space is limited to 40 participants. 

Please RSVP to Jody at (414) 764-7262. 

The Park People News

In addition to an article about the crumbling Mitchell Park Domes, the Friends of Grant Park are featured in an article in this quarterly newsletter edited by the Park People’s executive director, Jim Goulee:

The Park People News 2016

A side note regarding the FOGP fundraiser, Pullin’ o’ the Green: due to escalating costs of staging the event, the Irish party fundraiser scheduled for March 12th has been cancelled.




Milwaukee Public Museum brings BioBlitz to Grant Park June 10 & 11

This article appeared in Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik’s November 2015 e-newsletter:

A BioBlitz is a scientific “race”– a 24-hour species count by a team of scientists and surveyors that produces scientifically valid data, as well as interesting discoveries and public education about the biodiversity that exists in an urban setting. You can read and hear two WUWM stories about Milwaukee’s first-ever BioBlitz here and here. The first BioBlitz (run by MPM at Schlitz Audubon Center) counted 820 species in 24 hours, identified several Federal or State-listed endangered species that Audubon didn’t know it had onsite, as well as discovered an invasive Asian worm that could, if left unchecked, devastate the Audubon Center’s landscape.

The Grant Park BioBlitz will take place June 10-11, 2016 and the public will be welcomed to base camp from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday to meet the scientists, participate in activities with MPM educators, and watch the action. Grant Park was specifically selected because of the variety of landscapes and habitats it holds. More information forthcoming.

Seven Bridges Trail, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Bridges and walkways traverse the ravines of Grant Park, one of the oldest parks in Milwaukee County.

By Lynn Kronschnabel-Bieser

Colorado Map

The Seven Bridges Trail offers a unique recreational and inspirational opportunity within the large urban area of Milwaukee County. The trail contains a series of bridges and walkways routed through a set of ravines that bisect Grant Park, and it exemplifies the grand vision of the Milwaukee County Park Commission of the early 20th century: to provide a well designed natural oasis amid the industrial expansion of Milwaukee.

photo of snowy trail
Winter on the Seven Bridges Trail

Established in 1911, Grant Park is one of the oldest parks in Milwaukee County, and one of the most significant in the development of the rest of the System. In 1914 the Milwaukee County Park Commission hired Frederick C. Wulff, a German horticulturist and arborist to develop a nursery, greenhouse, orchard, and game farm that would provide stock for the development of the Park System. Wulff was also responsible for the development of much of Grant Park, including the Seven Bridges Trail. In 1917 a house was built atop a ravine in what is now the Seven Bridges Trail for Wulff and his family. The house still stands at the edge of the trail and is used by youth organizations for overnight stays.

The development of the trail continued through the 1920’s and 30’s under the direction of Wulff. Over 200 WPA and CCC workers assisted in the construction of the trail, including several wooden footbridges, a covered, Bavarian style bridge, lannon stone stairways and walkways, stone retaining walls, a man-made waterfall with dams and ponds, and plantings along the ravines and rock walls. Great care was taken to blend the man-made structures in with the natural elements of the ravines, creating a dramatic, yet serene environment around the trail.

Today the Seven Bridges Trail is a focal point of Grant Park, drawing thousands of visitors of a broad and diverse population from the Milwaukee area and beyond. Many urban school groups visit the trail for nature study and overnight stays at the Wulff Lodge. The trail offers wonderful opportunities for birding, photography, wildlife observation, silent strolling, and access to Lake Michigan.

The Seven Bridges Trail allows access to many outstanding natural resources found within Grant Park. The ravines are heavily wooded with very old stands of American Beech, Maple, White Ash, and Yellow Birch trees. On the forest floor there is an abundance of spring ephemerals, Trout Lilies, Jack-in-the-Pulpits, May Apples, Trilliums, and many other native flora. Along the bluffs adjacent to the trail, there is a wet fen (meadow) which supports a population of plants, which are rare to the area. As a prime migratory route along Lake Michigan, the area is host to many migrating birds.

Best Wishes

The Friends of Grant Park wish Matt Collins the best as he moves on to become the Assistant Director of Parks for Kenosha. His position as the Grant Park Unit Coordinator will be filled by Jake Klingforth who is an energetic and highly skilled manager that will bring fresh ideas and a positive spirit to the Grant Park team.  He will officially start at Grant on 6/8 and can be reached by email

Good luck, Matt!




Spend a morning sprucing up your favorite beach


Grant Park
Area 5 Beach Cleanup
Saturday, April 18, 9 to 11 a.m.

Sign in and supplies provided at Grant Park Area 5 parking lot.
We will be cleaning the beach north and south of the 7 bridges beach trail

In the photo below, the white bar is a yard stick:

Plastic shotshell wads that migrated from the Warnimont Park shooting range and washed up on Grant Park beaches were picked up by volunteers during the Friends of Grant Park 2015 Spring beach cleanup. Nineteen pounds amounting to approximately 3,268 pieces were collected. The only time the range operators were ticketed was in 1989.