Saturday, March 31, 2012

AmeriCorps Project YES! Gets Us READY!




AmeriCorps Project YES! Gets Loads of Work Done

AmeriCorps Projects YES! from Northwestern Settlement in Chicago spent their Spring Retreat at House In the Wood. They arrived on Monday and participated in team building and reflection activities all day. And at night, what else, but a campfire with s'mores. On the next day, there were 28 willing members to help us prepare House In The Wood for our Spring groups.

They spent ALL day Tuesday, March 20 working on various projects. They built a new trail to our new aquatic study area, trimmed a quarter mile of brush and trees along Bay Road, painted 4 buildings, did the Spring cleanup for the four rain gardens and two dining hall gardens (with master gardeners Carol and Mary), changed all of the batteries on the Smoke/CO2 detectors, completed a long list of preventive maintenance, destroyed some BIG furniture (a favorite job) and hauled it to the dumpster, and cleared out an entire cabin full of stuff.

We still have a few more things to do but their help went a LONG way to helping us get things ready for our first Outdoor Education Center group of the season in May.

A very BIG thank you to the 28 AmeriCorps Project YES! members.

We have other WORKBEES scheduled:
April 14 & 15 with the Northwestern Settlement Chicago Board and YOU?
June 1-3 is our annual SPRING WORKBEE

We have monthly VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS scheduled for every third Tuesday
April to October from 9am to Noon.
April 17
May 8 (date change)
June 19
July 17
August 21
September 18
October 16

We also work with groups and individuals who would like to provide community service to House In the Wood.

Contact Val to sign up.
E-mail: val at
Phone: 262-728-2752

New Blog for House In The Wood Outdoor Ed Center

Welcome to the new blog for House In The Wood Outdoor Education Center. Watch the outdoors at camp change as the weeks pass, watch the staff get ready for the Rowe Elementary School groups that visit and FINALLY watch our school groups arrive and have a great time learning outdoors at House In The Wood.