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Summer En La Plaza

Congratulations to our 2024 Summer en La Plaza Grant Winners!

This year Harbor District BID 51 is awarding $9K to local organizations, artists and community members to host a free family-friendly event at the Harbor View Plaza (600 East Greenfield Avenue)!

Don’t miss out on these great events!

¡Felicitaciones a nuestros ganadores de la Beca de Verano en La Plaza!

¡Este año Harbor District BID 51 está otorgando $9K a organizaciones locales, artistas y miembros de la comunidad para organizar un evento familiar gratuito en Harbor View Plaza (600 East Greenfield Avenue)!

¡No te pierdas estos grandes eventos!


Email Nora Godoy- González, Harbor District Placemaking Director at

Mándale un correo electrónico a la Directora de Relaciones Comunitarias, Nora Godoy- González, a

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Science Boxes

harbor district COMMUNITY science boxes

What are they?

Harbor District Community Science Boxes are similar to Free Little Libraries that offer educational information for the community. 

Where can I find them?

There are currently three Harbor District Community Science Boxes. Explore each one at the locations below!

What is inside? 

Fun stuff! Although contents may vary you will most likely find:

  • Nature journals
  • Tree Finder booklets
  • Community Science workbooks
  • Milwaukee Butterfly Guides from the Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Milwaukee Urban River Trail Maps from Milwaukee Riverkeeper
  • Milwaukee County Trail Maps
  • Mini magnify glasses
  • Books on urban ecology and all things nature
  • Geocache treasures (coming soon)


We are always looking for educational items to fill our Community Science Boxes! If you have items to contribute, please reach out to the Harbor District at 

Thank you to our sponsor: Green Tree Garden Club

Our appreciation and thanks goes to the Green Tree Garden Club of Milwaukee. Their contribution to this project helps educate the greater Harbor District community. The purpose of the Green Tree Garden Club is to promote the knowledge and love of gardening by providing education and activities in the areas of conservation, horticulture and civic improvement.

Learn more about the Green Tree Garden Club and how you can become involved by visiting

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Harbor Fest

join us for harbor fest

Location: 600 E. Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2024

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


A variety of volunteer opportunities and time slots available! 

 Volunteers receive:
A Harbor Fest T-Shirt
One Food Truck Meal Ticket

Harbor Fest is a day where memories for 4,500+ Milwaukeeans are made against the backdrop of Milwaukee’s flourishing inner harbor and in front of UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences.

This free, family-friendly street and water festival shows off all our harbor offers. The collaboration of Riveredge Nature Center and Harbor District to host Sturgeon Fest and Harbor Fest together solidifies this event as one not to miss!

For inquires, please email

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Education Programs

Education Programs

HDI has worked with a number of schools that fall within a two-mile radius of the Harbor District to create fun educational experiences. Students are given a number of in-person class visits by HDI staff that range from community building to ecologies and are then brought to the Harbor District for a field trip.

Field trips range from wildlife field data collection to boat tours of the Harbor District. Our educational programming is free and flexible. More information can be found in our brochure linked below.

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Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC)

Neighborhood Advisory Commitee (NAC)

The Neighborhood Advisory Committee is made up of nearby residents who serve as our neighborhood experts. The NAC advises us on outreach methods, event ideas, and decision-making that will benefit neighborhoods surrounding the Harbor District.

If you live in or near the Harbor District and would like to be a part of the NAC please contact Nora Godoy-González at