Before the infiltration of white settlers, there were First Nations. In Milwaukee, the Menominee and Ho-Chunk were the first. Centuries later, they were joined by The Fox, Sauk, Ojibwa, Odawa, Huron, Mascouten, Kickapoo and Potawatomi Tribes. All were fleeing from their homelands due to eastern tribal warfare. By the 1600s, the blend of these Nations would become the key players in the territory’s tribal alliance.
The connection easiest made to winter learning is to local history. Milwaukee’s a great place for a bike ride in the park! Similar to the grand “Ring of Parks,” the evolution ofThe Oak Leaf Trail was strongly influenced by German culture and depended heavily on the fate of the county’s parks and freeways.
The Emerald Necklace is the term used to describe our extensive public park System. Milwaukee’s a great city for a walk in the park and an even better place for outdoor learning!
Learning outside adds a dimension of enrichment that can’t be taught within the walls of the classroom.