Last year Hartley Nature Center served more than 28,000 school children, scout groups, and private individuals from over nine northland counties. We had a banner year that, thanks to our school and camp scholarship funds, enabled us to serve more low-income families than ever before.
What makes this truly remarkable is that, unlike most other nature centers, Hartley is not operated by any state, county, or municipal agencies and therefore relies solely upon program fees, memberships, grants and private donations from people like you!. Please consider helping us bring even more people to Hartley for their very own special experience.
One of the biggest challenges for many schools is paying for transportation to Hartley. With the growing cost of transportation, this fund makes a big difference. This way all who want to come can make it to Hartley.
We need your financial help to keep our most popular and fun events going strong:
Platinum level - $1000 of support via financial sponsorship, goods and/or services.
Same as gold level
1/2 page ad in event program (Wine in the Woods, Youth Expo & Nature Trax only).
“Platinum-level” framed print for posting at your business.
Spot on the “Soapbox Knoll” level of HNC’s General Operating Plaque
Gold Level - $500 of support via financial sponsorship, goods and/or services.
Same as silver level.
1/4 page ad in event program (Wine in the Woods, Youth Expo & Nature Trax only).
“Gold-level” framed print for posting at your business.
Website link from logo on Hartley Nature Center website.
Mentions in HNC radio ads.
Silver Level - $250 of support via financial sponsorship, goods and/or services.
Same as bronze, but with logo rather than listing in all placements. (E-mail logo to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Logo in at least two print media ads and/or inserts.
Bronze Level - $100 of support via financial sponsorship, goods and/or services.
Listing on event posters, HNC website and the Hartbeat Newsletter of which about one-thousand are printed quarterly. Listed on race T shirt (Hartley Nature Trax only)
Call to inquire about discounts for business members or multiple sponsorships.
The intern programs at Hartley Nature Center seek to provide the place, space and time for new environmental education and park stewarship interns to polish their craft while gaining a holistic perspective of the center. You can cover the costs for one intern for the entire time they are here.
Environmental Education Interns: Our Environmental Education interns receive unique training that provides opportunities for growth as an educator through supervised experiences in environmental and outdoor education, non-profit administration, exhibit design and maintenance, stewardship and sustainable technologies. These interns are committed to Hartley for 600 hours, so you can make a huge difference in their and many kids lives for only $1500.
Park Stewardship Interns: Hartley Nature Center provides full-time college students with an opportunity to fulfill their 120 hour internship requirements while benefitting from hands-on work that has an impact. They develop real world skills through their stewardship work in ecological restoration, monitoring, exotic vegetation control, and trail work. Help us improve and maintain this beautiful place by sponsoring a stewardship intern for just $200.
The purpose of this scholarship is to immerse up to 700 area youth in healthy outdoor activities. The focus is on developing wilderness skills and hopefully, a life-long interest in the region’s ecology and outdoor recreation opportunities. We feel that this is essential in developing healthy active lifestyles in our youth. Our program features a variety of nature-theme courses, all with multiple hands-on activities for youth including fishing, canoeing, climbing, sailing, birding/bird banding, and camping. Most offerings are weeklong, and range from half-day parent and preschooler experiences to five day off-site adventure camps.
Scholarships are $50 for a half day week long camp or $100 for a fullday week long camp
Camp Scholarship pledge form
The most frequently asked question of late has been “How is the economic slowdown affecting Hartley Nature Center?” Our response is that our program volume is heavier than ever (we set an all-time record of more than 24,000 visitors for our fiscal year ending in September) but that program income only accounts for about a third of our operating budget. The more kids we can bring to Hartley, the better for all of us. Make a kid's day (or week, or year!) by making a field trip possible.
You can send a class of 30 students to Hartley for just $135.
School Scholarship pledge form