MILWAUKEE'S PLACE-BASED ADVENTURE

 
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Want to explore our city? Want to have fun with your friends? Ready to discover how water connects our past, present, and future? Water Story MKE is a free app being developed by Reflo to reveal the water stories hidden in plain sight throughout Milwaukee.

 
 

It's a digital scavenger hunt. All you need to play is a smartphone and a sense of adventure. Travel to five or more sites across the city to earn points, explore secret areas, and unlock themed treks. On your journey, hear the real stories of Milwaukee's water citizens. Discover history and green infrastructure hidden in plain sight. Add your own voice to the community by posting video reflections with the tag #waterstorymke.

The app pilot will launch this summer at the Great Water Race (get tickets now!). This fun event is perfect for social adventure dates, friendly competition, school groups, families, tourists, or get-out-of-the-office outings. Find out why Milwaukee is a "Water City."

Tickets to the Great Water Race on Saturday, July 22 are now available! Reserve a slot for your team today. Teams (ideal size: 2) will race for exciting prizes (including kayak excursions from Milwaukee Kayak Company, a month of free biking from Bublr Bikes, a Lakefront Brewery gift basket, T-shirts from River Revitalization Foundation, and more).

Each team will receive two custom water bottles on which they can track their progress in the scavenger hunt with real-world stickers that complement the digital badges they earn. Each team will need one smartphone to play. Biking is encouraged--and offers some advantages in the race--but teams may use any mode of transportation. A pair of Bublr Bikes will be available for the first three registered teams who would like to ride them for their race. 

The start line for the four-hour adventure is at Cream City Farms, 2055 N. 30th St., and the app goes live at 10 a.m.. The finish line is the north end of Bradford Beach. The top three teams with the most points to check in by 2 p.m. will win prizes from our promotional partners and claim bragging rights as Milwaukee's top Water Adventurers!

Water Story MKE is a Reflo project in collaboration with Ex Fabula and supported by Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust and in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council*, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities** and the State of Wisconsin. 

On Feb. 21, 2017, Reflo partnered with Ex Fabula to sponsor a community StorySlam where the theme was "Water." The event attracted 253 people to Lakefront Brewery to share their water stories including nine storytellers on stage, 79 who shared written UltraShorts on the theme, and dozens who tried out the Lakefront Brewery leg of Water Story MKE on our demo iPads, courtesy of Arts @ Large.

Enjoy this photo slideshow of the smashing event, courtesy of Ex Fabula. All photos below by Art Montes.

UW-Sea Grant and Wisconsin Coastal Management also supported the Ex Fabula StorySlam, and Sea Grant's Moira Harrington's blog post reflecting on the human focus of the event can be read here.

*The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

**Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Take the plunge. Explore Milwaukee's Water Stories.

Take the plunge. Explore Milwaukee's Water Stories.

Milwaukee Water Commons "We Are Water" gathering featuring Margaret Noodin sharing Ojibwe words of water and wisdom.

State Senator Chris Larson discusses the history of state-level lakefront protection at Milwaukee's Bradford Beach in July 2016.

Rima Shah's family came from water-scarce regions of the world, so she feels the true value of Lake Michigan on our doorstep.

Tickets to the Great Water Race on Saturday, July 22 are now available! Reserve a slot for your team today. Teams (ideal size: 2) will race for exciting prizes (including kayak excursions from Milwaukee Kayak Company, a month of free biking from Bublr Bikes, a Lakefront Brewery gift basket, T-shirts from River Revitalization Foundation, and more).

Each team will receive two custom water bottles on which they can track their progress in the scavenger hunt with real-world stickers that complement the digital badges they earn.

Each team will need at least one smartphone to play. Biking is encouraged--and offers some advantages--but teams may use any mode of transportation during their race.

The start line for the four-hour adventure is at Cream City Farms, 2055 N. 30th St. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. The race starts at 10 a.m. The finish line is the north end of Bradford Beach. The top three teams with the most points to check in by 2 p.m. will win prizes from our promotional partners and claim Summer 2017 bragging rights as Milwaukee's top Water Adventurers!

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