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Use of Green Oaks

Rules and Regulations

Green Oaks benefits the Knox community by providing a place for learning, research, contemplation and recreation. In order to provide a fair balance between these diverse functions, ensure the safety of all users and preserve Green Oaks for future generations, we ask that you observe the following regulations. Questions about activities at or the use of Green Oaks can be sent to the Director, Stuart Allison, sallison@knox.edu

Authorized Users
Hours of Use
Academic Uses
Recreational Uses
Camping
Vehicles
Swimming
Fishing
Hunting and Trapping
Preservation of the Environment

Authorized Users
Green Oaks is open for use by all Knox College students, staff, faculty, alumni, their families and their accompanied guests.

Hours of Use
Green Oaks is open for day use (30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset) on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. During these times advance notice is not required, but please register at the kiosk by the front gate. The front gate is open during these times in spring, summer and fall. During the winter -- when wet conditions make the roads unsuitable for vehicles -- the gate is kept closed, but Green Oaks is still open for day use during the times mentioned above.

Users are asked to park their vehicles along the roadside (without blocking the gate) and to walk in. For information or questions about special events, call (309) 341-7185.

Academic Uses
Formal outings and academic use of Green Oaks may occur anytime, but to avoid conflicts and ensure that the necessary facilities are ready, any group or individuals wishing to use Green Oaks in these ways must make arrangements in advance by phoning the Green Oaks Director, Stuart Allison, at (309) 341-7185.

Recreational Uses
To avoid conflicts, large groups (more than five individuals) wanting to use Green Oaks for recreational purposes are asked to make arrangements in advance by phoning the Green Oaks caretaker, Joe Diveney (309) 341-7199.

Green Oaks is also open for evening and overnight use on Saturdays. For safety reasons, evening and overnight users must make arrangements in advance. All parties should contact Green Oaks caretaker Joe Diveney at (309) 341-7199 prior to the Friday before camping. Groups wanting a two night camping experience may also be allowed to stay overnight on Friday, again, with prior registration.

Camping
To maintain the natural beauty of Green Oaks, only tent camping is allowed (no trailers or campers please), and fires should be built only in the pre-existing fire pits. As Green Oaks is part of Knox College, it is governed by all College policies.These include policies restricting alcohol use and prohibiting the possession of weapons.

Vehicles
All vehicles (including bicycles) must be kept on the roads at all times.

Swimming
Swimmers do so at their own risk. No person may swim alone or after consuming alcohol.

Fishing
Bank and boat fishing are permitted. Only boats without motors are allowed on the lake, to protect against noise and possible water pollution. To ensure that the lake is not over-fished, only students, staff, faculty, their families and one accompanied guest may fish and should limit themselves to no more than six bass in one day. To avoid the accidental introduction of non-indigenous species, live fish baits are not permitted. Fishing is not permitted on Little West Lake so that it may remain in untouched condition for research purposes. Be aware that a state fishing license is required and that the extreme north end of the lake is not college property and entry into this area constitutes illegal trespassing.

Hunting and Trapping

Hunting and trapping are strictly prohibited.

Preservation of the Environment
For the safety of all users and the preservation of the environment, dogs and other pets are not permitted. Please do not disturb any research equipment, plants, fungi or animals. Trash cans are not provided. Please take your own litter out with you.

Proper use of Green Oaks that is mindful of the environment will ensure that Green Oaks will continue to play an important role in the life of Knox College in future generations.

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