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Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center
7984 257th Street West 
Farmington, MN 55024-9243

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Email: ssteinhoff@mtolivetretreat.org

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING
THE MARSH WALK REBUILD

Over the last 30 years, thousands of visitors have been inspired by the beauty of God's creation found at Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center. Part of the mission of the retreat center is to nurture the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual growth of guests. Key to that mission is the marsh walk, a nature-filled oasis with a floating walkway that invites guests to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of marsh plants and wildlife. But years of weather and general wear and tear took their toll on the original, wooden marsh walk. To ensure a safe experience for all, a new state-of-the-art marsh walk was installed in summer 2019.

ABOUT THE MARSH WALK

Construction of the original marsh walk started in 1986. It was completed over two summers and was dedicated on August 30, 1987, in memory of Gary Holstad, Troop 110 Scoutmaster at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church for 23 years, instrumental in developing the MOCRC trail system and had left behind his own vision and notes about one day creating a marsh nature walk. In the spring of 2012, a heavy rainstorm caused the marsh walk to break apart in three places. Although repaired in those places after the storm, it was evident that 30 years of weather and use have taken their toll. 

INSTALLATION - SPRING/SUMMER 2019

Installation of the new, 425 foot marsh walk, began in spring 2019 and was completed in August. Made of a composite material, the new marsh walk features an observation deck and will soon have a bench installed. Visitors and guests can explore the nature-filled oasis as they take a stroll on the floating walkway and enjoy the sights and sounds of marsh plants and wildlife!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

With the support of many donors, we raised the $127,500 to rebuild the marsh walk. Thank you for your gifts and for ensuring the next generation of retreat-goers enjoy the marsh walk for years to come! We also thank our wonderful volunteers who helped with the demolition and railing installation process.

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