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 and serving the public in our forest.

The final touches on the Outreach Center will be completed in March 2023. A Grand Opening and Public Dedication will be Sunday, April 2, 2023. Everyone is invited. Watch for the invitation details coming soon. Fundraising for the Outreach Center is expected to continue through the close of 2023.

Tree filling up with green as people donate

Last Updated: March 6th, 2023

Development Progress


RSG Forest Products, Inc. in two shades of green

The following businesses, organizations and individuals have made contributions and pledges to the new Forestry and Natural Resources Outreach Center now in the final stages of construction at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest. We truly appreciate this outpouring of support! Last updates: January 31, 2023.

Cash Donations and Pledges

RSG Forest Products
The Garvin Family
Hampton Lumber Company
Monte and Ilene Waldorf
Ken and Glenda Everett
Port Blakely
Integrity Medical Evaluations
Starker Forests
Pacific Fibre Products
Mike and Connie Bondi
Mike and Cindy Piazza
Mike and Jan Daly
Pam and Greg Hayden
John Martinson, Jr.
Lyna Low and Frank Wille
Dan Green
Scott Hanson
Greg Cline
The Zenn Family
Linda Butts
The Baker Homestead
Peter and Jennifer Matzka
Bob and Marianne Kahl
Diane Kelso and Peter Hoffman
Jeremy and Romalia Shibley
Native Fish Society
Jeanne and Jeff Becker
Loren and Sylvia Bowman
John and Kathy Matzka
Tom and Julie Handy
Elaine Wilcox
Gary Bush
Tom and June Lenihan
Gregory Kline
Bryan O’Byrne
Russ and Kim Minten
Kent and Melanie Hempel
Mike Haasken
Robin Poppino-Kuntz
Beverly Koch

Total for all Cash Donations and Pledges: $309,725

Donated Materials and Supplies
RSG Forest Products Framing lumber
Freres Lumber Plywood
Forests Forever, Inc. Western Redcedar siding

Total for all Donated Materials and Supplies: $33,246

Grand Totals for all Donations: $342,971