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An architectural rendering of the future of Marmot Cabin.

Thanks to all of you, we have met our $150,000 match challenge! 

Now, we hope you'll give today to help us reach our ultimate fundraising goal of $500,000. We are so close, and just need you to help bring us over the finish line, ensuring that thousands of children can experience immersive nature education.

About Marmot
Forty years ago, Marmot Cabin and the surrounding 91-acre sanctuary was donated to Portland Audubon by Joe and Amy Miller because they believed that connecting kids to nature is critical to both their well-being and the future of our planet. 

Marmot Cabin was originally built as a weekend escape for the Millers. While it served us well for many years, it had major limitations like lack of space for indoor learning, sleeping, cooking, and restrooms. We knew that by creating an educational facility that was as impressive as its wild setting, Marmot could become something truly remarkable. 

That dream is now close to becoming a reality. Thanks to many generous donors, a 3,200 square foot facility is being built right now where the original cabin stood. Our goal is to have the new building completed by fall so we can open our doors for Outdoor School come October. But we need your help to get the rest of the way there and complete construction.

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We are asking our community to consider making a special, one-time stretch gift or multi-year pledge — in addition to your regular giving — to support an education legacy that will last one hundred years and touch thousands of lives. Your gift to Marmot Cabin will also be doubled, thanks to two donors who have offered to match this special giving campaign with up to $150,000! If we can succeed in this challenge, we will ensure that Marmot will be ready this fall for Outdoor School, day camps, and overnight programs.


The new Marmot Cabin will: 

  • Replace 1950s cabin with redesigned lodge, providing ample education and dining space, and additional sleeping quarters and bathrooms.
  • Enable us to offer year-round overnight nature education programming.
  • Expand capacity to 4,500 total nights available for campers from 1,000 nights.
  • Increase Outdoor School programming thanks to Outdoor School for All funding. Click here to learn more.
  • Increase opportunities to expand our outreach and scholarship programs for under-served communities.
  • Utilize bird-friendly construction elements, such as anti-collision windows, to make the building bird-safe. Click here to learn more.
  • Be ADA accessible.

We know how much this community values environmental education. Many of you have sent your children and grandchildren to our camps, taken a class, or gone on a bird walk with us. Never before has this work been so critical. We are asking you today to give generously so that we can complete the new Marmot Cabin and inspire tomorrow’s advocates by helping kids to build lifelong connections with the natural world.

Marmot Cabin by Severin Piper
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