Crossroads at Big Creek is a 501 (c)3 organization. To make a donation, print our donation form and mail to PO Box 608, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 or donate online. Please make checks payable to Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc.
The John and Helen Collins Learning Center is located at 2041 Michigan St., just east of Highway 42/57 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Questions or to make reservations, call 920.746.5895
How Can You Help?
In the very early years of Crossroads, the name Historical and Environmental Learning Preserve was selected. The acronym HELP seemed particularly apt because in those days, we really needed the help of the community. And the community gave us help. For twenty years, we have been benefiaries of the generous people of Door County.
We still need help to pay the day to day expenses of running Crossroads and to pay down the debt. This year we also have several special initiatives.
We hope you will make an annual gift, and then, if able, give a little extra to help Crossroads grow.
2017 Crossroads at Big Creek Educational Theme: “Location, Location, Location”
Finish the parking lot
Upgrade exterior lighting and add security camera at the Collins Learning Center
Complete the Accessible Bird Butterfly Garden at the Collins Learning Center
Reorganize the greenhouse and increase storage for cleaning supplies
Add additional parking at the Ida Bay Preserve
Continue work at the Maki Arboretum
Continue archaeological investigations at Ida Bay and The Cove Preserves
Rehab the Heritage Garden gate and fence
PARKING LOT EXPANSION—Just $55,000 to go!
In 1994… back when Crossroads was a school forest and years before the Collins Learning Center was built … Ivan Bissen donated our parking lot. He claimed that he “did it for the children.” Children did benefit. As soon as we had a parking lot, school buses began delivering students to our preserve.
Now, some 20 years later, the parking lot has had several topcoats plus countless repairs and patches. And yellow buses continue to drop off children. This year, by the end of November, 2,075 Door County students had participated in field trips to Crossroads.
While our dedication to children has not waivered, we have expanded our programs to adult education and also offer a number of workshops and special events for learners of all ages. Year to date, 4,765 adults have attended classes at the Collins Learning Center and several thousand more have attended special events such as Door County Reads and the Sustainable Living Fair.
Not only is our original parking lot in disrepair (due in part to water table issues) but it simply is not large enough to accommodate our adult learners. Two or three time each week, we run out of parking spaces.In 2016, we hope to expand our parking lot … and to expand it in an environmentally responsible way. At this time, we are exploring options for engineering a parking lot that will protect our water and wildlife resources while meeting the needs of our many users.
We understand this will cost a great deal more than a conventional treatment, but Crossroads is committed to being a role model of environmental stewardship. We would welcome a designated gift to help us expand our parking lot.