Juneau County 4-H club will present gift to Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center

Contact: Toby Grabs, 608-254-6461 or uphamcoordinator@frontier.com

The Juneau County Lyndon Pioneers 4-H club will present the Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center with a $500 donation on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The Lyndon Pioneers club’s 51 members decided to donate the money they raised to Upham Woods because of the great opportunities and experiences Upham Woods’ camp and nature facilities have offered them over the years.  Representatives from the Lyndon Pioneers will present the donation in person at 10:00 a.m. on September 28.

Since 1941, when the Upham sisters donated their land to the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Upham Woods has been a place where people gather to explore and experience the natural world. The successful legacy of Upham Woods comes from bringing together youth, adults and professional staff in a beautiful setting that can’t be found anywhere else. Campers learn outdoor skills and teamwork while canoeing through the towering sandstone cliffs of the Upper Wisconsin Dells. They develop a respect for nature during hikes through the lush forest of Blackhawk Island. They learn leadership and teamwork when they plan and lead campfires. And, of course, sometimes they simply have fun. Campers and other visitors come with 4-H groups, schools, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, churches and professional groups.

The donation from the Juneau County Lyndon Pioneers will be accepted as part of the Upham Woods Legacy Campaign, a fundraising effort to help Upham Woods increase capacity to accommodate larger youth groups, provide access to visitors of all abilities, and demonstrate sustainable, environmentally responsible building principles. Many of the facilities like cabins, bathhouses and the lodge were constructed in the 1950s and 60s and require updates to keep up with the needs of the more than 8,000 visitors who attend Upham Woods programs each year.  To learn more about the Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center and the Legacy Campaign, visit http://fyi.uwex.edu/uphamwoods/.

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