Through collaborative partnerships', the revitalized camp will serve as an eco-lab for businesses, architects, colleges & universities as well as a permanent exhibit space for green manufacturers with cottages earmarked for rentals, or permanent and transitional housing, all as part of a co-operative community, committed to positive change, which includes: Infrastructure & Design, Social Justice, Media, Relations, Science, Spirituality, Arts, Economics, Environment, Governance, and Health. 

Unique, meaningful and relevant.  A rare opportunity to model Sustainable Community Development.



Sustainble Community Development with Net Zero Goals to preserve, elevate and restore 129 buildings/structures built between 1865 and the 1920's.


  • 103 cottages

  • 14 public buildings


A Regional Education Center for Sustainable Community Development & an Urban Outpost for Midwest Permaculture Studies. 


Permaculture projects will be built upon whole-integrated design including such key elements as water, soil, plants, energy, buildings and people. 



Lectures, workshops, activities & events designed to challenge, inform, inspire, and stimulate thought and discussion on important social and cultural issues of the day, all, to broaden our lives through civic and self-improvement. ​Educational and uplifting with food, music, and art, an integral part of the experience.


Meaningful, fun & engaging workshops,

activities and events that bring communities together in support of a safe, healthy, clean energy future.




A learning lab and test site for service- learning projects that will showcase innovative talent, technologies & designs that support a healthy clean energy future.  



Diverse partnerships with people and organizations that care about our children, our future, whose collective actions will raise awareness around sustainability and social responsibility, foster youth leadership, and inspire, motivate and empower others into action.



The CampGround is changing to meet and model 21st-century goals supporting a clean energy future. Due to increasingly endangered flooding, all buildings must be elevated.  In 2013, as part of a grant pilot project, 6 cottages were elevated on steel or concrete platforms. The project was a major success, on time, and on-budget.  As a result of this project, another two elevations were completed in 2014, and as of 2016, another 17 cottage are slated for elevation.  There has been no flooding since 2013.


The Foreset Preserve is removing a series of dams that has been blocking the Des Plaines River's natural flow, from Wisconsin through northeastern Illinois to restore the 133-mile waterway to its natural flow. Once complete, the river, which cuts through many of Chicago's suburbs, will flow freely for nearly its entire length, benefitting both humans and the habitat, especially the fish, insects and plant life that depends on a water-based ecosystem to thrive.   By 2040, Chicago’s rivers will be inviting, productive and living, providing everyone with opportunities to find or create their own place, their own experience and their own community on our rivers.



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