Rotarian John Franke and the Harry and Mary Franke Idea fund has always been a strong supporter of the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum since the beginning stages of the project. To enhance the history and beauty to the area surrounding the arboretum, The Harry and Mary Franke Idea fund has announced that it will contribute an additional $100,000 to the Arboretum Preservation Fund (up from $25,000) to create a scenic tour capturing Wisconsin’s geographic history along its path through the art of cairns.
In partnership with the Urban Ecology Center, their generous gift has created a 3 Billion Year Walk through the Milwaukee Rotary Arboretum. The eights cairns are remarkable Wisconsin stones that are geographically significant over billions of year. They have been placed on a path that runs from the canoe launch up to the Urban Ecology Center for all visitors to experience.
Nic Tompkins, the stone mason who built the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum arch that was designed by Rotarian Mario Costantini, designed and built these cairns. Below are pictures of a few the cairns but we encourage you to view them for yourself!