Root River Environmental Education Community Center (REC)
The Root River Environmental Education Community Center (REC) opened in 2008 as a partnership between The University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the City of Racine. Activities at the REC are coordinated by the College of Natural and Health Sciences at UW-Parkside. The REC is open for public kayak and canoe rentals on Saturdays and Sundays from June until the end of September. The REC hosts environmental education workshops, termed the Root River Voyagers, for children on Saturday mornings with topics including canoeing, river animals, and water quality. The REC has partnerships with several local organizations including the Root River Council, 21st Century Preparatory School, and Racine Unified School District’s WATERshed program. The REC is an “urban ecology center” as it connects people within the City of Racine to nature and wildlife.