Educational Programs

Help Homeless Veterans Village Achieve Energy Independence!

The Walden III Green School is teaming up with Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin (VOW) to raise funds for a solar panel installation on the roof of the SC Johnson Community Center within the James A. Peterson Veterans Village at 1624 Yout Street in Racine, Wisconsin. Our goal is to collect $20,000 through this platform. Thanks to a $10,000 RENEW Wisconsin “Solar for Good” grant, we have already raised funds to cover almost 20% of the total project cost of $56,000. An anonymous donor has agreed to contribute another $10,000 if we reach our goal of $20,000!

The James A. Peterson Veterans Village was constructed by VOW, a nonprofit organization committed to assisting homeless and at-risk veterans in returning to a life of independence. The village, which officially opened on November 5, 2017,  is designed to give veterans a place to live and resources to help them reintegrate into the Racine community.

The village consists of 15 tiny homes and the SC Johnson Community Center, which provides 24/7 access to bathrooms, showers, laundry room, a full-sized kitchen, group therapy area, and recreation area. Support and guidance for Veterans benefits, job readiness, and life skills will also be offered in the future. This campus gives each Veteran a second chance by encouraging growth through socialization, confidence building, and education in self-care.

A 20 kilowatt solar panel installation will cost an estimated $56,000 and provide the village with over 27,000 kilowatt hours of energy every year. The solar array will cover most of VOW’s electricity costs and help sustain the program for the long term. The installation will also promote renewable energy solutions and contribute to the overall sustainability of the city of Racine.

Green School is the environmental club at Walden III Middle and High School in Racine, Wisconsin. Green School strives to encourage sustainability within the school and throughout the Racine community. In 2009, Green School raised $139,000 for a 14 kilowatt solar installation on the roof of the school that continues to generate clean energy to this day.

Help Homeless Veterans Village Achieve Energy Independence!

Racine Nature Club

Racine Nature Club is an AZA initiative supported by The Walt Disney Company that provides innovative ways to establish or enhance family-centered nature play experiences in their communities. As a conservation organization, part of our mission is to create experiences that cultivate environmental stewards and foster a connection to wildlife and nature. The Racine Zoo is partnering with a number of local organizations to bring the members of Racine’s community a chance to engage in safe, supervised, FREE nature play experiences.  There are vast and virtually endless opportunities to see, explore, learn from and become inspired by the wonders of our natural world.

​Click HERE for more information!

Download the calendar of events by clicking HERE.

Growing Healthy

Hawthorn Hollow, in partnership with Racine Unified School District and Eco-Justice Center, welcomed 1st graders to the new Growing Healthy program in their Homestead Garden! Through the use of hands-on activities, this program introduces students to healthy eating and where their food comes from. Participants have a unique experience as they become bee keepers, meander through a popcorn labyrinth, interact with chickens, pick and sample fresh garden veggies, and much, much more!

​Sounds like fun? We are always looking for volunteers to help with this and other educational programs at Hawthorn Hollow. Please contact Nancy if you would like to get involved with this school program. 

Adventure Kids Learning

​Adventure Kids Learning is a non-profit, environmental education org., connecting classrooms worldwide focusing on the global water crisis and fostering global citizenship. They partner with CannedWater4Kids and focus on the global water crisis and fosters global citizenship by providing virtual expeditions live from active water system development sites in underdeveloped countries. Contact Joan at [email protected] to get your students connected!


University of Wisconsin-Parkside Summer Youth Program

What is STEAM? If you asked the dictionary, it would say “the vapor into which water is converted when heated, forming a white mist of minute water droplets in the air.” If you asked UW-Parkside’s Continuing Ed, though, we’d say that it’s our acronym for exciting, new youth camps that involve Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mindfulness. These fun and educational programs enhance the learning experience that your child receives at school while delving into topics of particular interest. Through these camps, your child will have the opportunity to create animated movies, play with robots, have an outdoor adventure, paint a masterpiece, and after all that excitement, learn to focus and meditate in our mindfulness camp.

Check out a variety of STEAM youth programs (ages 4-adult) offered by UW-Parkside! ​Register by clicking HERE
Questions? Contact: Elizabeth Hensiak – [email protected] or 262-595-2604

Learn and Share Program Series

We wanted to extend our educational scope to the community by implementing a new Learn and Share program series, hosted by the Racine Public Library, every second Monday of each month. All free, get a free gift, coffee provided and no RSVP needed.