Woodhenge is the name given to the timber frame pavilion structure located on the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) campus “Learning Path” about half way between main campus and south campus. The structure is based on an open-concept using an octagon shaped design.
“Phase one” of the construction process is nearing completion. This included delineating the project site, clearing and leveling the construction area, stabilizing the interior floor space with concrete and gravel, pouring footings to support the vertical posts, installing the posts and beams to create the super-structure, and building and locating matching timber benches. Future construction phases may include additional seating and roof, wall, or flooring components.
The structure provides an “learning friendly” environment and meeting location along the Learning Path for tour groups, staff, students, or any guests to pause for a more detailed discussion or to digest and absorb content and concepts related to the exhibits along the trail, personal reflection, or group dialogue. The Learning Path is an outdoor educational resource being developed along the East side of the CMN Keshena campus that extends from the Forest Research Training Plot on the NE property corner to the SDI building and agricultural demonstration complex on south campus.
Woodhenge also physically symbolizes the collaborative partnerships that are reflective in much of the work we do through the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and Center for First Americans Forestlands (CFAF). The Egan Family Foundation provided a generous donation to get the project started. The timbers were donated by Menominee Tribal Enterprises (MTE). The initial project design was conceptualized by wood engineers at the Forest Products Lab in Madison, WI*. The actual construction work was completed by students from the CMN Technical Education department (Qwida-Ze Young and Mario Kaquatosh – see photos), with the assistance of former faculty Craig Fox and current instructors Austin Retzlaff, Steve Zais, and John Iannitello. Assistance and direction were provided by staff from both SDI and CMN Operations.
Projects like Woodhenge provide an opportunity to strengthen these relationships, and encourage new collaborations to form through future development and use. SDI and CMN extend a sincere thank you to all those who contributed to these efforts and alliances.
Please take some time to see the developments along the Learning Path including Woodhenge, and feel free to check in with SDI if you have any questions, comments or are looking for more information.
*The College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute shares an active and ongoing partnership with four divisions of the USDA Forest Service: Forest Products Laboratory, Northern Research Station, Eastern Region of the National Forest System (R-9), and North Eastern Area State & Private Forestry. This partnership created and guides the Center for First Americans Forestlands.