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We foster resilience with opportunities for people to form neighborhood connections and enrich their lives.

Center for Resilient Cities offers a strategic blend of programs that encourage neighbors, friends and family to forge strong relationships as they spend time together. In Madison, Badger Rock Center provides recurring, seasonal, summer youth and special activities, often with local partners and at no cost to participants. These programs help neighbors enrich their lives through pursuit of new skills and interests as well as connection to the neighborhood. Our goal with all of our programming is to strengthen community ties and civic engagement while also nurturing resilience within each individual.

Resilience Programming at Badger Rock Center

Monthly CommUNITY Dinners and Activity Nights
Families gather on the second Friday of the month to enjoy camaraderie and dinner. Adults can connect about the neighborhood, while children take part in planned activities. Dinner is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30pm, dinner is served at 6:01pm. Please join us on the following dates in 2019: January 11 · No dinner in February · March 8 · April 12 · May 10 · June 7 (one week early to celebrate Badger Rock Middle School students!) · July 12 · August 9 · September 13 · October 11 · November 8 · December 13.

Badger Rock Community Market and Pop-Up Co-op
Launched two Sundays a month in winter 2017, and moving to Thursdays evenings in mid-June, the Community Market offers sustainably raised meats and eggs, locally made tortillas, and fresh produce. Neighborhood entrepreneurs sell their wares as part of the Pop-Up Co-op and a local caterer is featured each week, serving prepared food for purchase from the Badger Rock Center kitchen. For more information on the market, follow Badger Rock Neighborhood Center on Facebook.

Play ‘N’ Learn Baby Camp
Madison Metropolitan School District’s Play and Learn is offered Friday mornings at no cost for parents and their children ages 0-3+ years. Parents learn about important developmental milestones in their child’s life through age-appropriate play with the assistance of experienced staff. Registration required.

Hmong Language and Cultural Enrichment Program
One of only two programs in the nation concentrating efforts on increasing Hmong language proficiency and appreciation for the Hmong culture, participants are immersed in the Hmong experience. Designed to keep the Hmong journey and culture relevant in today’s world, the program provides children a historical look at what it means to be Hmong. The 6-week summer immersion program concludes with a completion ceremony comprised of skits, songs, awards, and food, and much fun and laughter. The program continues one Saturday a month during the school year for interested families. An annual Hmong Gala, a fundraiser to support the program, is held every year in the spring. The 2018 Gala will be held on Saturday, April 28th. The 2018 summer program runs from June 18th through July 27th.

Senior Coffee Hour
Neighbors gather weekly for coffee, conversation and light food refreshments at no cost in the Badger Rock Neighborhood Center Cafe.

The Science of Resilient Communities
This program partners the Center for Resilient Cities, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, and Badger Rock Middle School in developing and delivering a program that focuses on resilience in various communities: those in the natural world and in human society. Middle school students learn how resilience is exhibited in plant and animal communities, and how we can transpose those models into our own personal and interpersonal worlds. This course investigates the challenges and benefits conferred by the characteristics of resilient systems and examines how those are demonstrated in our local neighborhoods and ecosystems. Gaining these skills alongside prescribed curricula will lead to more meaningful academic outcomes in which students meet science requirements for middle school while learning the key elements of successful communities, making them more skillful and adaptable in their future school and personal endeavors.

For more information on our programs, please contact us at (608) 960-4615.