Eden Place Nature Center Building

$3,175 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 19 months
Eden Place Nature Center stands testament to the resilience of Chicago residents and the urban environment. Once an illegal dumpsite, Eden Place is now an organic farm and nature center serving residents of the Fuller Park neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. Managed by CEO and community leader Michael Howard, Eden Place provides opportunities for south side residents and children to interact with animals and till the soil of vegetable gardens. 20 years after its initial opening, Eden Place remains dedicated to growing opportunities for learning, recreation, health, and employment in areas of nature conservation and urban agriculture. In recognition of Eden Place's success, they have been awarded the EPA Native Prairie Award and was designated by Governor Quinn as the Monarch Butterfly Learning Center for Illinois.

The continued success of Eden Place and multiple meetings with neighborhood residents, led to the design of a state of the art learning center; however, the project has stalled because Illinois has yet to send Grant funds. Ioannis Davis of ID Architecture worked with Ozinga Ready Mix and NuDura to design an Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) facility that will provide many long term benefits to the organization and community. Some of the benefits of ICF construction include minimal long term maintenance costs, greatly reduced energy costs, greatly reduced sound transmission which is important due to the buildings location near rail road tracks, and a structure strong enough to act as a severe weather shelter for the local community. The foundation and floors are already in place for the new building, but we need your help to complete the learning center.

The multi-purpose facility will offer classrooms, a community gathering space, and a community coffee shop. The plans also include provisions for a green roof and solar panels for additional learning opportunities. This highly sustainable learning center will expand the opportunities available to local residents and embody the resilience of the Fuller Park community. Please help restart this building project by donating what you can and by sharing the campaign with others. We appreciate all your help. 

WTTW Eden Place Nature Center Video

+ Read More
Thank You, to all of the friends of Eden Place who have taken the time to donate to our Gofundme fundraiser for our new Building. Please enjoy our thank you video.
Thank You from Eden Place Nature Center!
+ Read More

$3,175 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 19 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Fuller Park Community Development Corporation
Certified Charity
+ Learn More
Chicago, IL
EIN: 363890176
How it Works
  1. You make a donation using a PayPal account or a credit/debit card to PayPal Giving Fund (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization).
  2. After the deduction of payment processing fees, PayPal Giving Fund delivers the funds it receives to the chosen charity on a monthly basis.*
* If, after reasonable efforts, PayPal Giving Fund cannot deliver donations to this charity, the funds may be donated to another charity per PayPal Giving Fund’s policies.
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
3 months ago
WiliamGregory Mucci
5 months ago
Mike Bryson
6 months ago
Michael Williams
9 months ago
Bethany Barratt
9 months ago
Nancy Kirk
10 months ago
Donna Granback
14 months ago
15 months ago
Brenton Sterling
15 months ago
Annonymous Annonymous
16 months ago
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.