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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 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.

Badger Rock Neighborhood Center Programming

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!) · September 13 · October 11 · November 8 · December 13.

In 2020, CommUNITY Dinners will be held on these dates: January 10 · No dinner in February · March 13 · April 10 · May 8 · June 12 · September 11 · October 9 · November 13 · December 11.

For more information on our CommUNITY Dinners, follow Badger Rock Neighborhood Center on Facebook.

Badger Rock Community Market and Pop-Up Co-op
Launched two Sundays a month in winter 2017, and operating every Sunday during the summer growing season, the Community Market offers fresh produce grown on site, sustainably raised eggs, and a variety of canned, pickled, and sauced 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 and 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. For more information, visit Play and Learn.

Memory Cafe
In partnership with the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, neighbors gather weekly for coffee, conversation and light food refreshments at no cost in the Badger Rock Neighborhood Center Cafe. For more information on the Memory Cafe, follow Badger Rock Neighborhood Center on Facebook.

Creative Cooking with Chef Kipp
During our summer programming season, Chef Kipp Thomas offers culinary instruction to youth in grades 6-12. Youth learning gardening and harvesting skills from our farmer, and how to grocery shop, prepare food from scratch, and navigate our community kitchen from Chef Kipp in a fun atmosphere. Instruction takes place at Badger Rock’s community kitchen and urban farm.

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