Outreach Center

As education programs and the public’s use of the Hopkins Demonstration Forest near Beavercreek have grown over the years, the need for a Forestry and Natural Resources Outreach Center near the entrance to the property has become a greater priority.

The Center is designed like a modern residential-style home, utilizes forest products manufactured in our region—as well as, products from trees harvested at Hopkins—and demonstrates the best in an effective use of wood in construction and maximizing energy efficiencies. The overnight capability for visitors will provide a new opportunity at Hopkins not available in the past. These accommodations will be perfect for teachers, college and university students, researchers and visitors coming from afar to our forest for education events and activities, field work experiences, and research projects.

The new Forestry and Natural Resources Outreach Center will represent a critical next step forward for Forests Forever and our goal to provide greater capacity for growing educational and research programs plus better on-site management for facilities, as well as, serving the public in our forest.

Tree filling up with green as people donate

Last Updated: August 26th, 2022

Development Progress


RSG Forest Products, Inc. in two shades of green

Financial Contributions:
RSG Forest Products
The Garvin Family (naming Back Patio)
Monte and Ilene Waldorf
Ken and Glenda Everett
Port Blakely—US Forestry
Mike and Connie Bondi (Daryl’s Room)
Mike and Cindy Piazza (multi-year pledge)
Mike and Jan Daly
Pam and Greg Hayden
John Martinson
The Zenn Family
Linda Butts
Catherine Dunlap
Peter and Jennifer Matzka
Diane Kelso and Peter Hoffman
Jeremy and Romalia Shibley
Native Fish Society
Jeanne and Jeff Becker
Loren and Sylvia Bowman
John and Kathy Matzka
Elaine Wilcox
Bryan O’Byrne
Russ and Kim Minten
Kent and Melanie Hempel
Julie Handy
Bev Koch

Wood Product Donations:
RSG Forest Products—Framing Lumber
Freres Lumber—Plywood
Hopkins Demonstration Forest—Western Redcedar Siding

RSG Forest Products, Inc. in two shades of green
RSG Forest Products, Inc. in two shades of green