Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Owasippe Outdoor Education Center Sends Proposal to Buy Owasippe

Owasippe Outdoor Education Center logo
information from the Owasippe Outdoor Education Center

The OOEC is pleased to announce that they have submitted a formal proposal to purchase Owasippe from the Chicago Area Council. The OOEC hopes to have an opportunity to present the proposal to the Chicago Area Council Board of Directors in the near future.

Partnered with the Trust for Public Lands, and the Rosa and Raymond Parks Foundation they hope to conserve Owasippe as a world-class outdoor education experience for young people and adults.

The plan is to continue Scout camping at Owasippe, but there will also be controlled-access public activities and events at Owasippe facilities. Potential public access may be in the form of a public campground, hiking and biking trails, fishing, cross-country skiing, cabin rental, and environmental education events.

Owasippe Outdoor Education Center is the only known group working to save the Owasippe property in its entirety. There are other groups who are interested in purchasing portions of the property for conservation uses or to add to their current land holdings, but the OOEC wants to purchase the entire 4,800 acres and protect it from residential development.

Donations can be accepted at the web site.

See Owasippe Outdoor Education Center
See Owasippe Court Appeal Still Stands
See Owasippe Saved But Not Preserved
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1 comment:

Lin said...

I hope that offer works out, as we have all been holding our breath, hoping that it would not be shut down and sold off in pieces to developers. My son went there one summer, and it was incredibly beautiful and quiet there! I hope many more boys can experience Owasippe like it is today.

Thanks for the update!

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