Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Press Release

Home And Habitat Fest Returns To Havenwoods State Forest


By - Sep 22nd, 2023 03:42 pm

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) invite the public to the second annual Home and Habitat Fest, an event of free food, live music and family-friendly activities focused on housing and natural resources at Havenwoods State Forest in Milwaukee from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Join us to learn about the steps to becoming a homeowner, resources to navigate rental issues and small steps everyone can take to improve habitat in their community.

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

“Our vision for Havenwoods is to provide opportunities and resources for our community to recreate, learn and feel welcome in the outdoors while improving native plant and animal habitat,” said Wisconsin State Park System Director Steve Schmelzer.

The vision for a state forest in Milwaukee originated with the surrounding communities. With its proximity to Wsiconsin’s largest city and history of high human impact on the area, Havenwoods State Forest is an outstanding example of how restoring healthy habitats benefits both Wisconsin wildlife and the surrounding community. Today, the forest remains a community asset and serves to connect residents with resources and opportunities for learning and recreation.

“People and animals live better when they are in a safe and stable home. Not only that, but many studies have shown that people greatly benefit in a variety of ways from consistent exposure to nature. We are happy to join the DNR again this year to share information with our community on how to access the dream of homeownership or affordable housing while also connecting with their natural surroundings,” said Elmer Moore, Jr., WHEDA CEO and Executive Director.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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