Caribou Bog Outdoor Center

­­­The Caribou Bog Outdoor Center project is now complete!

Caribou Bog Trail center winter across pond close with logo

The Orono Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) has renovated the former Taylor Bait buildings as the Caribou Bog Outdoor Center (CBOC), a four-season, public outdoor center. The building is located off the Taylor Road in Orono and is centrally located within the Caribou Bog Conservation Area (CBCA), a nearly 7,000-acre corridor of conservation lands and extensive trails extending from the Bangor City Forest north to Old Town. The new Center will enhance the overall "experience" for Nordic skiers, mountain bikers, birder watchers, runners/walkers, and the public.

Caribou Bog Trail center view from deckThe Center provides family users an indoor facility to change, sit, picnic, and socialize, and the lower building will be used for equipment storage and ski waxing/bike tuning. The venue is designed for meetings, functions, and educational programming, with expanded parking adjacent to the new Center. Nickerson & O’Day, Inc. of Brewer was the General Contractor and the Orono Land Trust (OLT) and the Penobscot Valley Ski Club (PVSC) are partners in the interim operation of the Center. OLT owns, manages, and/or maintains most of the lands supporting the trail system, whereas PVSC provides all the equipment used for winter trail ski trail grooming. It is very successful “team effort”!

How can you help support this Community Asset?

1)  Capital Donation. The building renovation and parking expansion combined cost was $384,300.  OEDC was awarded a $165,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) matching grant through the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry toward the renovation, leaving a fund-raising balance of $219,300. To date, we have raised $123,500, so $95,800 remains to be raised. There will be signage inside the main building acknowledging major donors by giving level in the two categories of “Private Donors” and “Business & Institutional.” Please consider donating to this community resource at these suggested levels of giving:

Bronze = $250 - $999                         Acknowledged by name or business listing

Silver = $1,000 - $4,999                     Acknowledged by name or business listing

Gold = $5,000 - $9,999                       Acknowledged by name listing or business logo

Platinum = $10,000 plus                     Acknowledged by name listing or business logo

2)  Friend of the CBOC annual supporter. All Friend contributions go toward the annual operating cost of the CBOC, such as real estate taxes, utilities, insurance, plowing, etc.

How: As a project partner, PVSC, a 501.c.3 public charity non-profit, is the official Fiscal Sponsor for all Caribou Bog Outdoor Center donations.   Whether you are a member of PVSC or not, your tax-deductible donations may be made online at  www.pvskiclub.org/shop or mailed to:

Penobscot Valley Ski Club, P.O. Box 873, Bangor, ME 04402 / memo line: CBOC Renovation or Friend

3)  Volunteer.  All three organizations require numerous volunteers to provide and maintain these community services. Volunteer and join OLT, PVSC, or CBOC as staff for building operations.

Should you wish to learn more about our project, visit the venue, or discuss giving opportunities in more detail, please contact us via email at cariboubogcenter@gmail.com. Thank You!