Resident Bernie Wapp on the Evergreen trailEvergreen is located in a pleasant residential neighborhood in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. With thirty-five acres, there is plenty of room for green space, flower beds, trees and woodlands, as well as a water view of Sawyer Creek.
Evergreen is a Life Plan Community offering:
Use this campus map to get a birds-eye view of the Evergreen campus. Notice the woodland area with walking paths and fishing pier along Sawyer Creek!
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Future Plans - Master Site Plan Project
In order to best serve our residents, Evergreen has initiated a Master Site Plan project consisting of six phases of development on this campus. By the end of 2014, the first four phases were completed with the renovation of assisted living and skilled nursing accommodations. Phases five and six include the addition of 40 new independent apartments, a significant change to the appearance of the main building from Westfield Street, and the addition of a library and other common spaces.
Read more about the Evergreen Priority Program - an opportunity to receive up-to-date information about the planned new independent apartment homes and to secure your unique Priority Number for reserving an apartment when ready.
Evergreen's Oak Savanna - an incredible natural resource
The seven acres of the Evergreen campus along Sawyer Creek is the largest natural woodland within the city of Oshkosh and it has been recognized as an Oak Savanna, a rare ecosystem of open woodlands consisting primarily of oaks and hickories. It contains over 40 species of native plants. But what is now seen as a beautiful and open forest was, until the late 1980's, largely hidden and inaccessible by a dense undergrowth of invasive, non-native shrubs and plants.
View of Sawyer Creek
This situation continued through the 1990's until a neighbor, a retired city planner from Chicago, recognized the woods as a rare Oak Savanna. With help from Evergreen, he led a successful effort to restore the savanna by recruiting support from other neighbors, Evergreen residents, a group of native landscaping enthusiasts called The Wild Ones, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Oshkosh Parks Department.
Results have been spectacular! Spring, summer and fall now bring an ever increasing array of wild flowers and other native plants, and the woodland is also home to many species of wildlife such as beaver, hawks, owls, deer, and other birds and mammals. The restoration has also made the woodland more open and accessible, and has allowed Evergreen to maintain graveled and wood-chipped paths for walking or biking.
Evergreen's Oak Savanna is an extraordinary natural resource for residents and their families to enjoy its natural beauty right here in our own backyard.