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Volunteer carpenters helped restore cabins in the Camp Ouatoga area of Pere Marquette State Park. Their efforts were recognized with Pride Inc.'s Outstanding Citizens Award.
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Pride Inc. representatives honor the Cabin Restoration Project with the Outstanding Citizens Award. Pictured, from left, are Brenda Eardley, board president of Pride Inc., Virginia Woulfe-Beile of the Sierra Club, Kevin Bennett of The Nature Institute; and Heather Hope, executive director of Pride Inc.
GODFREY – More than 200 attendees of Pride Inc.’s annual dinner watched on Thursday as The Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club and The Nature Institute were given the Outstanding Citizens Award for the Cabin Restoration Project. This award is given to individuals or organizations that share the same community-minded ideas as Pride Inc.
The project began in 2012 with the goal of bringing the historic 1930’s-era cabins in Pere Marquette State Park’s group camps back to life. Since that year, the partners restored cabins, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, in the Camp Ouatoga area of the state park. The renovations will remain an ongoing project, which led to the creation of the “Cabin Fest” at Piasa Harbor, an annual fund-raising event.
“It is great to see local non-profit organizations combine their strengths and resources to accomplish a goal that benefits the entire community, just as it is inspiring to see individual citizens come together in the spirit of volunteerism, donating their time and energy for the greater good,” said Heather Hope, executive director of Pride Inc.
Hope goes on to say that, “the cabins at Pere Marquette span generations of usage. In fact, my mom stayed in those cabins as a young Girl Scout and my teenage son now goes there for summer camp. It is important to preserve the history of the cabins while maintaining their integrity.”
Representatives from both nonprofits were in attendance to accept the award, as well as a group of volunteer carpenters who donated their time and skills to make the mission happen.
The Sierra Club is a non-profit, member-supported, public interest organization that seeks to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth, practice and promote the responsible use of the Earth’s ecosystems and resources and to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
The Nature institute is a land conservation and environment education organization that works to foster an awareness and appreciation of the natural world through preservation, restoration and education. The Nature Institute has hiking trails that are open to the public every day, dawn to dusk.
These two organizations, along with the Great Rivers Land Trust, The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center and the Green Business Alliance, are teaming up again to bring the Riverbend Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at Piasa Harbor. They are taking registration for businesses and organizations to become a part of it. Visit www.thenatureinstitute.org or call (618) 466-9930 for information.