Extraordinary. Outdoor. Education.
Gardner Camp, founded in 2012, is a not-for-profit, private foundation established by the generosity of the late John Willis “Jack” Gardner, II.
Gardner Camp consists of 540 acres of land located in the Mississippi River valley near Hull in Pike County, Illinois. The Camp has multiple lakes and is setup with water control systems to allow habitat maintenance and preservation of the wetlands. Therefore, it is a natural stopping place for many migrating birds and holds plentiful deer and other wildlife.
The Camp property had been owned by members of the Gardner family for many years and was a popular recreation spot for multiple generations of local waterfowl hunters.
Who Was Jack Gardner?
Jack Gardner entrusted the Camp to State Street Bank & Trust Co. for development and maintenance to allow utilization by youth not-for-profit organizations serving the Adams and Pike County areas of Illinois and surrounding counties. It was Gardner’s desire that the primary emphasis of the Camp would be in providing access to youth programs in recreational and educational endeavors.
Beginning in 2012, we went to work right away developing a legacy camp that would bring Jack’s vision to life and provide a ‘WOW’ experience for area youth and not-for-profit programs. Take a look at our historical timeline:
Gardner Camp Development
Gardner Camp Established
State Street Bank & Trust Co. named as Trustee
Advisory Board Established
Site & Habitat Improvements:
Wells, Levees, Canals
Water Control Systems
Goose Pit Waterfowl Blind
Five Deer Stands Added
First Youth Hunts Held
Grand Opening of Gardner Hall
Hired First Executive Director
Began Year-Round Events
Enhanced Programs with Specialized Facilities:
Restored Original Barn
3D Archery Range
Trap Shooting Range
High Powered Telescope
Wetland Study Docks
Broad Apron North & South
Constructed Fishing Pond
Through Pin Oak Foundation Added:
Accessible Passenger Trailer
hours – average time spent outside
outdoor educational experiences
kids – average group size – small groups create quality learning
community partners & program affiliates
total grants awarded -- program support and capacity building – StarLab planetarium, accessible passenger trailer, marketing consulting services, and field trip transportation
The mission of Gardner Camp is the promotion of outdoor recreational and educational activities with its primary emphasis on youth programs.
Gardner Camp will become a recognized program of the highest quality for providing mentored hunting to area youth and serving area youth organizations and schools with unique opportunities for science and outdoor learning experiences.
Mike Nobis, Quincy, IL, Chair
Nick Ingalls, Camp Point, IL
Mike Kroencke, Hull, IL
John Nuessen, Mt. Sterling, IL
Ron Vecchie, Quincy, IL
Jason Allen, Quincy, IL
Daloris Picone, Nebo, IL
Laurie Brinkman, State Street Bank
John Snyder, State Street Bank
Amy C. Lefringhouse, Executive Director
Lisa Pemberton, Administrative Assistant