DNR: DNR, WHEDA host Home And Habitat Fest at Havenwoods State Forest


MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) invite the public to the first Home and Habitat Fest, an afternoon of free food, live music and family-focused activities. Housing and Natural Resources at Havenwoods State Forest in Milwaukee from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1.

“Our vision for the future is to create more opportunities for our community to enjoy Havenwoods, to engage with existing resources through the help of some of our partners, and to feel welcome in a natural environment. said DNR Secretary Preston D. Cole, a guest speaker. at the event.

The vision for a state forest in Milwaukee began with the neighboring community. By hosting events like this, the forest remains a community asset and serves to connect residents to resources and opportunities for learning and recreation. With a history of high human impact, the property serves as an example of what can be done to improve habitat for Wisconsin wildlife populations both on a larger scale and in our own residences.

“Everyone needs a place to call home; this goes for people and animals. A safe home to grow and prosper is essential to building a future. We’re partnering with DNR to share information with our community on how to pursue the dream of owning a place where they choose to live, work and play,” said Elmer Moore, Jr., CEO and Executive Director by WHEDA.

Join us to learn about the steps to becoming a landlord, resources for resolving tenancy issues, small steps anyone can take to make a home better, and more.

Havenwoods State Forest is a 237-acre property with forests, grasslands, wetlands, and riparian habitats, over six miles of trails, and a nature center popular with school and community groups. The property is open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily and the nature center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is nestled on the northwest side of Milwaukee, one block west of Sherman Blvd. and one block south of Mill Rd.


What: House and habitat festival
Where: Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N. Hopkins, Milwaukee
When: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1

Event calendar

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Meeting with the animals Have you ever held a snake? Pet a turtle? Get closer to Havenwoods animal ambassadors.

12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Information booths Participating organizations include: Near Nature Milwaukee, Hawthorn Glen Outdoor Education Center – Milwaukee Recreation, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, Inner City Sportsmen Club, Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation, Housing Resources, Inc., Acts Housing, Social Development Commission, USDA Forest Service, Milwaukee County Parks, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and Havenwoods Neighborhood Partnership, in addition to DNR and WHEDA.

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Guest speakers Hear from DNR Secretary Preston Cole, WHEDA CEO/Executive Director Elmer Moore, Jr., and Milwaukee Housing Authority Executive Director Willie Hines to find out what they are doing to support both the home improvement and housing initiatives in Milwaukee.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Havenwoods Historical Hike Learn about the history and home improvement projects that have been completed and those to come.

Food is provided by WHEDA. MNR provides a s’more station while supplies last. Arrive early for a bite to eat. Enjoy the music of Jahmès Tony Finlayson, who performs with several music ensembles, kirtan groups and Afro-Latin dance ensembles.

Note: In case of bad weather, the activities will be moved inside the nature center. For general questions about the property, call the Havenwoods Nature Center at 414-527-0232.


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