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Giving New Life to Expired Trees

OkoboTree is a project through Spirit of Okoboji intended to extend the longevity and beauty of trees in the area through visual art and preservation. The project kicked off in June 2022 with the commissioning of an Iowa-based visual artist to create sculptures from expired trees in the area. 

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In the News

Spirit of Okoboji is excited to announce it is a recipient of a MTN DEW® Outdoor Grant. The local non-profit will use MTN DEW® Outdoor Grants funding to focus on getting the OkoboTree project off the ground.


As part of the MTN DEW® Outdoor Grants program, MTN DEW® recently awarded forty $5,000 grants ($200,000 in total) to nonprofit organizations that champion the great American outdoors. OkoboTree was one of the $5,000 recipients. 


How You Can Help!

The goal of OkoboTree is to continue to identify expired trees and commission artists to create works of art with those trees for the public to enjoy. Eventually, a Treesure map will be created with all tree locations for residents and visitors to find each tree around the Iowa Great Lakes area..

How can you help? Although the first three sculpture costs have been raised, we do need to raise more funds for future trees. We hope you'll consider donating toward or sponsoring a tree, or at the very least helping us identify potential trees and wood carving artists to create the sculptures. 

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