The Ottawa Interpretive Association (OIA) is a non-profit corporation founded in 1993 for the purpose of enhancing the educational and interpretive efforts of the Ottawa National Forest. All net profits generated from the OIA interpretive sales, contributions and membership fees are used to fund educational, interpretive and cultural projects on the Ottawa National Forest, The goal is to instill in the public a sense of pride and stewardship toward our public lands, to foster understanding and appreciation of all natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Ottawa National Forest.
How We’re Funded
Through the sale of environmental books and related items and through membership, the Ottawa Interpretive Association (OIA) generates funds. After operating expenses, profits are returned to the Ottawa National Forest in the form of project grants. Projects are interpretive, educational, and directly benefit the public on the Ottawa National Forest.
The Ottawa Interpretive Association has funded over 75 projects totaling $380,000 since its inception in 1993.
We also contributed $100,000 to the refurbishment of exhibits in 2004, including concept design, acquisition of materials and re-design of the Bear’s Den Gift Shop.