Mission, Vision, Values


We connect people in cities to nature and each other.


Our vision is to inspire generations to build environmental curiosity, understanding, and respect. We restore hope and heal our urban natural world, neighborhood by neighborhood.


Practice Kindness

We assume best intentions and recognize humanity in ourselves and others by intentionally leading with kindness, openness, warmth, concern and care.

Nurture Communities of Belonging

We work with our communities to provide wanted and accessible programming while prioritizing equity, dignity and justice.

Care for Nature

We have a respect for the cultural histories of the land we occupy, and recognize the importance of restorative ecological practices at home, in our neighborhoods and in public spaces.

Seek Knowledge & Inspire Learning

We actively look for opportunities to both gain understanding for ourselves and to teach others what we have learned.

Find Fun & Share It

We bring our personal passion, joy, fire, playfulness, laughter, adventure, even silliness into our work.


Did you know that the Urban Ecology Center has been around since 1991?

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