SPARK!

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Celebrate Spring with Wehr Nature Center's SPARK! 

SPARK! is a monthly program designed for people experiencing early to mid-stage cognitive changes, brain trauma and memory challenges and their care partners. Sessions focus on a different nature-related topic each month and provide a rich indoor and outdoor experience that celebrates the beauty and wonder of the natural world. When weather permits, we include a short outdoor component, utilizing our close by accessible viewing deck, boardwalk, and brand-new redesigned pier. Multi-sensory activities, visits with live animals, and nature art stimulate conversations and engagement. These enriching experiences can have significant therapeutic effects, especially with alertness, verbal functioning, and depression. They also provide family and care partners with a nature and social experience that provides respite and rejuvenation.

SPARK! programs are offered at no cost to participants, but registration is required. If you are interested in learning more about our SPARK! program, please contact SPARK! Coordinator, Emily Brown at emily.brown@milwaukeecountywi.gov. If you are ready to attend a program, please complete the questionnaire by clicking the button below prior to your first program.

Do you have a loved one with memory loss?

We can't wait to get to know you! Click the button to complete the questionnaire prior to your first SPARK! program.

"Spark! has given my dad and I a new way to connect with each that allows me to share my passion for the natural world. Our smiles and conversations as we engage with the materials bring both of us joy." 

Summer Spark! 2022 Flyer

SPARK! Photo Collages

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February, March, & April
February, March, & April
November, December, & January
November, December, & January
September & October
September & October

Thanks to a grant from the Bader Philanthropies, Wehr started its pilot SPARK! program for adults with memory loss and their care partner.

Are you a caregiver of a loved one at home showing signs of memory loss or do you know of someone that is? We would like to hear from you for enrollment in our exciting new program! Optional drop off home kits for caregiver and participant will be available to learn and experience ‘Nature in a Box’ during COVID times. Very small outdoor programs at the Nature Center when we can!

If you are interested in learning more about our SPARK! program, please contact SPARK! coordinator, Emily Brown at emily.brown@milwaukeecountywi.gov.