Sun Lodge Project

For renovations to the Sun Lodge and to Give Thanks to Ted for 27 years at OA!


Thanks to our amazing donors and supporters, you’ve already matched the first $2,500 leadership gift! We have a new match on the table; your gift to the Sun Lodge Renovations will be matched up to $10,000, double your dollars today!


Sun Lodge Renovations (Ted’s Deck)

The JB Hannum Sun Lodge was designed to be a passive solar building and was built in 1978 using reclaimed lumber from a nearby farm.  The original design called for a greenhouse to be built where the gear room now sits, and we have always said, wouldn’t it be great to have a big deck on this building?!

Today, in honor of Ted Wesemann, The Outdoor Academy’s founding director and long-time faculty member, and to celebrate his retirement after 27 years at OA, we are launching the “Ted’s Deck” initiative.  

Renovation plans for the Sun Lodge in honor of Ted include: replacing all 50 windows with double pane, wood frame windows, and installing two sets French Doors to open out from the Dining Room and Den onto a wide deck that will span the front of the entire building.  There will be room on the deck for picnic tables and benches to hold classes and have meals. To make this building more accessible, there will be a ramp that wraps behind the building and climbs up the side of Sun Lodge to meet the deck.


Our Goal:

Windows & French Doors: $45,000

Window Installation: $11,000

Deck & Ramp: $54,000

Total: $110,000

Help us meet our newest matching gift of $10,000 for Ted’s Deck today!

**This project was started with a matching gift of $2,500 which has already been matched by OA alumni, friends and parents!


Building will take place in two phases beginning in 2022 and will be completed in 2023.