Events Calendar

November 2, 2021 - 10:30am - 11:30am

June 11 - Bugs

Fall Session (Sep. 7-Dec. 14): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions will meet outdoors whenever possible. However, in the event of inclement weather, we will move indoors (adults and children ages 2 and up masked, socially distanced).

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required for adults and children ages 2 and up per CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

For 2022 dates, click here.

November 7, 2021 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

tree walk


Fee: $10/$5 members per session
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

Join the Land Managers of the Lynden Sculpture Garden on a walk around the grounds to discover Lynden’s urban forest. On this walk we will discuss the various trees and shrubs that make up the forest, urban forest management techniques, and our exciting new tree inventory project which we are conducting with the assistance of a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant. This tree inventory will result in a management plan to help care for our valuable urban forest far into the future.

About the Land Managers

Kyle Welna has been with Lynden for four and a half years and enjoys the wide variety of interconnected projects at the sculpture garden. He is interested in invasive plant control and is currently a graduate student at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences.

Robert Kaleta is wrapping up his third year at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. He is very interested in restoration ecology, native plants, and edible wild plants, and in bringing these interests to the landscape at Lynden.

November 9, 2021 - 10:30am - 11:30am

June 11 - Bugs

Fall Session (Sep. 7-Dec. 14): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions will meet outdoors whenever possible. However, in the event of inclement weather, we will move indoors (adults and children ages 2 and up masked, socially distanced).

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required for adults and children ages 2 and up per CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

For 2022 dates, click here.

November 11, 2021 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

tree walk

Fee: Free.
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required.

Lynden’s 40 acres represent a small piece of the greater Milwaukee urban forest. Located in River Hills, a small, heavily wooded municipality, we are well situated, as the only public space in the Village, to serve as a model for urban forest management in our community. With the support of a 2021 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant, we have been engaged in a year-long project to digitally inventory our heritage trees and to create an up-to-date urban forestry management plan. Our land managers, Kyle Welna and Robert Kaleta, Jr., have worked with consultant Matt Smith of the Riveredge Nature Center to develop a shareable geodatabase for use in the ArcGIS Collector app. We are now ready to demonstrate how we have used this tool to develop the Lynden database.

This outdoor workshop is for professionals, students, and neighbors who are interested in trees, urban forestry, land management, and tree inventory techniques. We will share some of our findings; show you how we use the app and database; and talk about managing the urban forest. The tool records qualitative and quantitative assessments of trees and can be used to establish a benchmark for a new management plan or to check in periodically on the success of your management practices. We look forward to sharing our research with you, and to providing a foundation for future urban forest collaboration in River Hills and the surrounding areas.

Please dress appropriately for the weather. Snacks and hot drinks will be served.

About the Instructors

Kyle Welna has been with Lynden for four and a half years and enjoys the wide variety of interconnected projects at the sculpture garden. He is interested in invasive plant control and is currently a graduate student at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences.

Robert Kaleta is wrapping up his third year at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. He is very interested in restoration ecology, native plants, and edible wild plants, and in bringing these interests to the landscape at Lynden.

Matt Smith is Research and Conservation Director at the Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville, Wisconsin.

November 13, 2021 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Milkweed

Upcoming sessions:
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021

Fee: Free.
Registration: Registration is closed. To be added to the waitlist for a session, call 414-446-8794.

Native herbalist and artist-in-residence Angela Kingsawan of Yenepa Herbs leads a series of guided tours of Lynden's narrative gardens. There are several gardens at Lynden that tell stories of specific cultures and moments in history. Join us each month for a fun and informative outing to learn about the plants identified and cultivated by Kingsawan that hold significance as food, medicine, and tradition within the exchange and migration of refugee, immigrant, and Indigenous communities.

About Angela Kingsawan
Angela Kingsawan is an Indigenous person of Raramuri, Tigua, and Mexica descent. She has been a Community Health Worker for many years and draws on her experience as an herbalist, yogini, reiki practitioner, full-spectrum doula, writer, artist, and mother to help uplift Communities of Culture throughout Wisconsin. She was born and raised on the south side of Milwaukee and uses her unique perspective as an urban Native person to teach modern herbalism infused with Native tradition. By providing decolonized education, seed exchanges, and growing culturally significant plants in an urban setting, Kingsawan strives to help community members remember their cultural ways of being. Angela’s residency project at Lynden, Materia Medica of the Ancients: Connecting to Beauty, Blessings, and Breath draws on her personal journey of decolonization and cross-cultural learning to honor Indigenous teachings from around the globe.

November 14, 2021 - 8:30am - 10:00am

Photo: Sarah Zimmerman

Fee: $10/$5 members. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

Join birder Chuck Stebelton the second Sunday of each month for a small-group, socially distanced bird walk on the grounds. Keeping to the perimeter of the garden, we’ll watch for seasonal migrants and resident bird species and seek out the best bird habitats to identify as many species as we can. Please dress for the weather and plan to walk in varied terrain. Bring your binoculars if you have them; no previous birding experience required.

About the Artist

Chuck Stebelton is author of An Apostle Island (Oxeye Press, forthcoming) and two previous full-length collections of poetry. As a birder and Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer he has offered interpretive hikes for conservancy groups and arts organizations including Friends of Cedarburg Bog, Milwaukee Audubon Society, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Friends of Lorine Niedecker, and the Lynden Sculpture Garden. He edits Partly Press for Lynden Sculpture Garden and is currently a participant in Lynden's residency program.

November 16, 2021 - 10:30am - 11:30am

June 11 - Bugs

Fall Session (Sep. 7-Dec. 14): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions will meet outdoors whenever possible. However, in the event of inclement weather, we will move indoors (adults and children ages 2 and up masked, socially distanced).

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required for adults and children ages 2 and up per CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

For 2022 dates, click here.

November 18, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

VTN-Displaced

4 sessions:
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Thursday, December 16, 2021

Click here to download the reading guide.

Fee: Free.
Registration: This discussion takes place via Zoom; advance registration required. Click here to register.

Lynden and the HOME Refugee Steering Committee begin the new year by launching a book discussion group for those interested in firsthand accounts of displacement. We will consider works of non-fiction, including autobiographical and semi-autobiographical works, by writers who have faced or are facing forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. Where stories of persecution, historical trauma, and loss of livelihood are effortlessly conveyed by storytellers, journalists, and humanitarians who search out or stumble upon the lives of refugees, we seek out the words of those to whom these stories belong: the narrators who are the closest to their own stories, and the stories of their people, friends, family and, of course, refugees.

We encourage you to read each book in advance (see information below on acquiring the current selection). Then join us for a virtual discussion moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira. We expect the group to meet monthly, and we will be seeking the input of group members on titles to consider in the future.

We continue the series with The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives (2018), a book of essays edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American novelist and professor who, as a child, fled Vietnam with his family in 1975 after the fall of Saigon. In The Displaced, Nguyen highlights 17 refugee writers across the globe, including authors previously covered in the HOME discussion group such as Dina Nayeri and Kao Kalia Yang. Unlike Yang’s collective memoir Somewhere in the Unknown World, The Displaced offers direct narrative and words by refugees who are themselves writers and novelists. The Displaced, as a well-curated collection of essays, has been deemed thought-provoking, unapologetic, and yet another essential and timely piece of literature on refugee issues.

As part of our HOME work at Lynden, we are making the book available without charge to book discussion group participants. If you would like us to purchase a copy of the book for you, please indicate this when completing the registration form. We will contact you when the book is available and you will be able to pick it up at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217.

If you prefer to support your local public library by borrowing the book, you can find Milwaukee County libraries here or other local libraries here. If you would like to purchase the book yourself, Boswell Books will be offering it at a 10% discount to book group participants. The book can be purchased at the store (you will find it among the book club selections) or on the Boswell website with the 10% book club discount already applied. We will post that link as soon as we have it. Please check Boswell’s website to check the availability of the book, and to confirm hours and delivery options.

PREVIOUS READINGS
Dina Nayeri's The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You January-February, 2021
Kao Kalia Yang's Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir March-May, 2021
Emmanuel Mbolela's Refugee: A Memoir June-August, 2021

November 23, 2021 - 10:30am - 11:30am

June 11 - Bugs

Fall Session (Sep. 7-Dec. 14): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions will meet outdoors whenever possible. However, in the event of inclement weather, we will move indoors (adults and children ages 2 and up masked, socially distanced).

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required for adults and children ages 2 and up per CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

For 2022 dates, click here.

November 27, 2021 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Photo: Molly Rosenblum/Sam LaStrapes/Kodah

Visitors must adhere to our social distance walking visitor guidelines.

Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden.

For 2022 Dog Days dates click here.

November 30, 2021 - 10:30am - 11:30am

June 11 - Bugs

Fall Session (Sep. 7-Dec. 14): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions will meet outdoors whenever possible. However, in the event of inclement weather, we will move indoors (adults and children ages 2 and up masked, socially distanced).

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required for adults and children ages 2 and up per CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

For 2022 dates, click here.


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