The students, staff, and community of the Unified School District of Antigo, Wisconsin, are combining efforts to raise money for the construction of a modern, year-round Environmental Education Center at the Noboken School Forest. Local fundraising and timber sales from the Forest have raised most of the money needed, but $75,000 is still required to build and furnish the facility.
This year-round Lodge at Noboken Lake will increase student use of the forest and foster a better understanding and appreciation of forest ecosystems and resources. The facility will be heated and ADA accessible, have indoor plumbing, and provide an area for serving meals. Three classrooms with internet connectivity and natural history displays will remove earlier learning barriers and allow teachers to provide in depth, project based activities, supplemented with technology. Our kids love being outdoors where learning becomes fun!
Forestry is a large economic driver in Langlade County, producing 425 jobs and supporting an additional 495 jobs. Therefore, it is vitally important that our students are exposed to a strong environmental curriculum, which includes an understanding of forest ecosystems and the need for sound land management practices. The experiences gained at the Lodge at Nooboken Lake will greatly improve career readiness of our forestry-minded students.
Langlade County residents will enjoy the long term benefit of access to this facility for group meetings or events. The beautiful lake and forest venue will certainly be enjoyed by the community at large for decades to come.
Site work began in September 2020, and plans are to complete construction in 2021. Please contribute what you can, and share our campaign with your friends and family. Thank you!