Exciting news: With the Oberlin Caboose Project, we have begun an ambitious program of improving and expanding our outdoor education programs!
Fall 2022 Update: Caboose Project Completed!
We are thrilled to announce that the upgrade and restoration project is successfully completed.
Thank you to everyone who supported this important endeavor.
Summer 2022 News Release & Media Coverage
The C & O Caboose, located for nearly thirty years behind the OECC building at 317 East College Street, in Oberlin, is being completely renovated by Matt Lunsford of Lunsford Group, LLC. The 1920’s era caboose was generously gifted to the center’s children by Eric Nord of the Lorain County Nord Family Foundation.
“This renovation project is a first step toward strengthening OECC’s position as an important provider of Nature-Based Education to children in our area,” said David Sonner, Board Member for the center. “Our ultimate goal is to utilize the amazing resources and beautiful outdoor space at the childhood center to help connect children to nature and increase their innate qualities of curiosity, risk-taking and appreciation and understanding of food sourcing.”
We are considering these enhancements as additional pathways toward achieving our goals:
a sensory garden
state-of-the-art teacher training and certification
Our teachers have an average tenure of more than ten years. OECC has been a community partner in Oberlin since 1968. The center’s staff and board roster include individuals who attended OECC as children.
The OECC encourages everyone to celebrate with them on these important efforts being made toward achieving their goals.
“Keep an eye on us to stay updated on our good work going forward for children and families in the Oberlin and Lorain County community,” said Hoptry.