PHASE 2 - Nokomis Lodge
The completion of Nokomis Lodge will serve as the springboard for sustained expansion of our year-round programs and local collaborations. We will be able to broaden our outreach to day and overnight school groups, teen leadership programs, professional development days, safety trainings, and church or corporate retreats. Further, with winterized accommodations for 48, we will be able to operate in the winter months, transforming Camp Talooli's ability to serve as a year-round educational institution, and allow us to reach thousands more families and young people annually.
Nokomis Lodge will be an 8,000 square foot year-round educational building. It will be situated across from the existing Art Barn and ballfield, overlooking Lake Temalo. Features of the building will include:
- Large group conference space for 200 people
- State of the art technology for educational groups and conferences
- Dormitory-style sleeping facilities with 10 gender-neutral bathrooms
- Small indoor breakout room and large outdoor breakout space on a covered patio
- Large indoor stone fireplace with casual seating for fireside chats
- Outdoor fire ring and seating overlooking Lake Temalo
- Small administrative office and kitchenette
- New year-round camp store Lowes volunteers getting the interior framing started
How Was the Name "Nokomis" Selected?
In collaboration with a major donor, who helped us to launch this project, the Camp Talooli staff chose to name this new building Nokomis Lodge. This name Nokomis was taken from a famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow describing the story of Legendary Hiawatha. In the poem, Nokomis is Hiawatha's grandmother and a figure that represents wisdom and comfort. Read more about the naming of Nokomis: CLICK HERE