ROBERT O'NEILL NATURAL AREA (RONNA)
The RONNA is a nearly 20 acre forested property located in the River Heights area just minutes from the Centralia College campus. The RONNA was turned over to the Centralia College Foundation in the fall of 2010 by the Evergreen Charitable Trust, which originally received the land from friends of the college and long time Centralia residents Robert and Doris O'Neill. There is an accompanying endowment to underwrite the costs associated with maintenance.
The habitat, with more than 120 different species of vegetation including oldgrowth trees, will continue to serve as a natural outdoor learning and research environment for the college and will be accessible to property neighbors. Of his efforts to see the land turned over to the college, Bob O'Neill noted that, “the land is regarded as a permanent natural area,” and that "the Evergreen Charitable Trust recognized that the college’s foundation is much closer to the property and would be in a better position to maintain the land and has agreed to hold to the original plan to keep it as a natural area that would also be available for academic research." Scroll down for links to a map and photo galleries of the RONNA.