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Sponsorship is an important part of what makes Hartley Nature Center special. You can help HNC in a variety of different ways by picking one of the options below today!

Pay for your sponshorship online

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.

  1. School Field Trip and student Busing Support

    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

    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.

  • $100 per bus for day field trips
  • $60 per bus for afterschool trips

Busing pledge form

  1. Special Events

    We need your financial help to keep our most popular and fun events going strong:

      • Candlelight Ski, Skate and Snowshoe: Our membership appreciation event in February. Luminaries will line the ski trails for a peaceful night ski or enjoyable ice skating on Hartley Pond under the stars. Naturalists will lead snowshoe hikes by moonlight, which will end at an encampment adjacent to Hartley Pond. A light dinner will also be served in the facility.
      • Wine In The Woods: Our annual spring auction event takes place in April. This event raises funds for Hartley’s School Scholarship Fund, as well as for the general operation of the center. The evening will feature savory hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats, as well as a selection of fine beer and wine. The event begins with a raffle and a live auction. Financial support, as well as goods and services suitable for auction are all greatly appreciated!
      • Youth Outdoor Expo: This fun family outdoor event in May has a number of stations set up between the facility and the pond where children and their parents learn skills such as canoeing, fly-tying, and birdhouse building. Bird banding demonstrations will have children handling birds, and the emphasis will be on the effective use of bird books and binoculars.
      • Howl-O-Ween: Costumed characters line the scavenger hunt trail for this parent and preschooler Halloween celebration on the last Saturday in October. The day features games, face painting, cookies and cider.


      Acknowledgement of Your Sponsorship 

      Nature Center Sustaining Partner- $5000 of support via financial sponsorship, goods and/or services.

      Benefits include:

      Year-long acknowledgement on all HNC print material

      Name recognition on media coverage – print, TV, radio, social media

      Year-long acknowledgement on HNC website and Facebook

      Recognition at all 2016 events and fundraisers, including Wine In The Woods

      ½ page ad in the Wine in the Woods program & 6 complimentary tickets

      Business name/logo on banner at Woodland Avenue entrance of HNC through the year

      Business name/logo on 5 park kiosks throughout the year, adjoining UMD, Kenwood, and Woodland neighborhoods.

      Business name/logo on sign located inside HNC throughout the year

      Use of our new yurt for a special event (meeting, party, etc.)

      Nature Center Steward- $2,500 of support via financial sponsorship, goods and/or services.

      Benefits include:

      Year-long acknowledgement on HNC web-site and Facebook

      Recognition in the Hart Beat, Hartley Nature Center’s Newsletter

      Recognition at 2016 Wine In The Woods event

      ¼  page ad in the Wine In The Woods event & 4 complimentary tickets

      Business name/logo on sign located inside HNC through the year


      Nature Center Supporter- $1000 of support via financial sponsorship, goods and/or services.

    Benefits include:

            Year-long acknowledgement on HNC web-site and Facebook

            Recognition in the Hart Beat, Hartley Nature Center’s Newsletter

            Recognition as a HNC supporter at the 2016 Wine in the Woods event

            2 complimentary tickets to the 2016 Wine in the Woods event

            Business name/logo on sign located inside HNC throughout the year

      Call 724-6735 to inquire about discounts for business members or multiple sponsorships.

    Special Events: Individual and Business pledge form

  2. Internships

    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 $1600.

    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 $250.

  3. Camp Scholarship

    The purpose of this scholarship is to immerse up to 900 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, 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 $200 for a fullday week long camp

    Camp Scholarship pledge form

Hartley Nature Center

3001 Woodland Ave
Duluth, MN 55803


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