Our Capital Campaign: Pathway to New Discoveries

Computer rendering of remodeled lodge and new nature center

Computer rendering of the remodeled Historic YCC Lodge and the new Discovery Hall, containing the new Nature Center.

Update as of December 1st, 2021:

The Discovery Center is proud to announce that we are more than 90% of the way to our goal to raise funds for a year-round facility so we may connect more people to the outdoors in all seasons.

We have now completed phase 1 of our capital campaign: renovating and winterizing our Historic YCC Lodge and combining two sets of cabins with bathrooms and showers to permit year-round residential use by groups. These changes will profoundly expand our ability to provide all-season opportunities to connect people, nature, and community.

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve now signed a construction contract to build Phase 2 of our project, our 3800 square foot Discovery Hall addition with its dynamic Nature Center. Just imagine the impact that interactive exhibits like our “eagle tree,” a spiral staircase leading to a mezzanine-level larger than life eagle nest overlooking Statehouse Lake, will have in bringing people to a greater understanding of their environment. With new all-season capacity, increased residential opportunities, and expansion of our educational and ecological services, we will be more capable than ever of bringing people closer to our beloved Northwoods.

To date, more than 570 donors have pledged or contributed a total of $3.6 million, far more than our initial $3 million goal, including more than $1.1 million from our own staff, board and committees. In July, we established an overall budget of $3.9 million to complete the project. We are working hard to stay within that budget, but still need to raise additional funds to complete the site work that will deliver a beautiful campus surrounding our new building and to be able to build our maintenance/storage facility.

On this page, you will find links to much more information on the campaign’s programmatic, building, and financial plans.

2021 marks the Discovery Center’s 25th year. Please join us in fulfilling our longtime dream by making a pledge or donation today. And don’t forget to check out our naming opportunities for as little as a $300 contribution.


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Our Mission

Our mission is to enrich lives and inspire an ethic of care for Wisconsin's Northwoods, through the facilitation of connections among nature, people and community.