Our History

The Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County (GEO-DC) began quietly in the spring of 2012 as the necessary groundwork commenced. We achieved 501(c) 3 status in September of 2014. In April of 2016, with the invaluable help of Dr. Roger Kuhns, we mapped a Master Plan to sustainably guide us in the 5/10/20 year planning process. During the intervening years we have sponsored lectures at northern Door municipalities, educational facilities and historical organizations. We facilitated lecture/hikes on the Escarpment as part of a local fundraiser for the Door County Land Trust and are in the process of partnering with local kayak and Segway tours for special events which highlight the Escarpment. Four active members of our organization are repeat presenters at the Bruce Peninsula “Sources of Knowledge” conference each May. In June of 2017 we purchased the property at 11876 Hwy. 42, with its breathtaking view of the waters of Green Bay meeting the western bluffs of the Escarpment. Consistent with our philosophy of sustainability and re-use of existing structures and materials, the building will become the home of the Niagara Escarpment Discovery Center. We spent much of the summer and fall donating “sweat equity” repairing, renovating and cleaning the structure for its intended use. Our anticipated opening is Spring of 2018 as we continue our vision of an educational facility in northern Door County that illuminates the historical, cultural, geological and environmental importance of the global treasure that is the Niagara Escarpment… as well as associates us with “the Bruce”, our Canadian sister peninsula and eastern mirror image of “The Great Arc.”