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Summer En La Plaza

Summer en La Plaza is a series of gatherings hosted by individuals, neighbors, artists, entrepreneurs, or community groups to bring the Harbor View Plaza to life, fully utilize the space, and introduce new people to the space. The Harbor View Plaza is located at 600 East Greenfield Avenue.

2024 Summer en la Plaza schedule will be released in Spring – Stay Tuned!

Thank you to all our participating organizations in 2023:


Email Nora Godoy- González, Harbor District Placemaking Director at 

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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

We genuinely want to express our heartfelt thanks for joining us at Harbor Fest this year. The mix of wonderful individuals, organizations, and companies coming together to celebrate our unique neighborhood and working Harbor makes the day special – local food trucks, boats, environmental groups, and kid-friendly activities and our Maker Space. Your presence enriched the event but also played a role in strengthening our community fabric. Thank you for your support!

Thank you for being part of our Harbor Fest family!

Save the date for next year, September 29, 2024!

*** The 2024 volunteer form is now open ***

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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