Friends of CNC

As a ‘Friend of CNC’, your financial contribution makes it possible for CNC:

  • to be free and open to the public 361 days per year.
  • to provide quality environmental education programs at significantly reduced fees.
  • to protect 725-acres of critical wildlife habitat on both sides of the St. Croix River.
  • to be an inspiring place for our community to connect with nature.

In return for your generosity, you will receive special CNC benefits – the greatest of which is knowing you are making incredible learning experiences possible for thousands of people every year. Thank you!

Choose Your Level

Individual Friend of CNC  $25-$49

  • The St. Croix Current Newsletter delivered by mail 3 times a year.
  • Invitation to the Volunteer & Friends appreciation potluck picnic.
  • Gift store, apple shack and program discounts for the individual.
  • Free snowshoe rentals for the individual from the Minnesota Campus. 6″ snow required.

Family Level Friends of CNC  $50-$99

  • All “Individual” benefits for immediate family members.
  • Gift store, apple shack and program discounts for immediate family members.
  • Free snowshoe rentals for the family from the Minnesota Campus. 6″ snow required.

Donor Level Friend of CNC  $100-$249

  • All “Family” benefits.
  • Published recognition in the Annual Report.

Patron Level Friend of CNC  $250-$499

  • All “Donor” benefits.
  • CNC boat pennant for use at the dock. Available upon request.

Benefactor Level Friend of CNC  $500-$999

  • All “Patron” benefits.
  • Invitation to exclusive events, such as our Masters of the Sky preview.

St. Croix Society Level Friend of CNC  $1,000-$2,999

  • All “Benefactor” benefits.
  • Cart tour for 5 people of the Minnesota campus with a CNC staff member. Available upon request.

Eagle Society Level Friend of CNC  $3,000-$4,999

  • All “St. Croix Society” benefits.
  • Complimentary program for 20 people. (Fair Market Value – $150) Available upon request.

The Director’s Council $5,000 & above

  • All “Eagle Society” benefits.
  • Complimentary lodge rental (Fair Market Value – $300) Available upon request.

Joining and Renewing Options

Ways To Make Your Gift

Annual gift: Make a once-a-year contribution to support Carpenter’s mission.


Sustaining gifts: Sign up to make recurring, monthly or quarterly gifts. The financial stability provided to CNC by recurring gifts is immensely helpful to our daily operations.


Make an online ‘Friends of CNC’ donation

CNC also gratefully accepts annual and sustaining donations made through PayPal and GiveMN


Call 651-437-4359 (ext. 101) to make a donation over the phone with Development Coordinator Erika Jensen


Send a completed Donation Form with your gift to:

   Carpenter Nature Center

   12805 St. Croix Trail South

   Hastings, MN 55033

Giving the Gift of CNC

Share your love of Carpenter Nature Center with a friend or loved ones by sponsoring their enrollment in the Friends of CNC program for a year.

When you give a gift enrollment, your loved one will be welcomed into the Friends of CNC family of dedicated individuals committed to habitat conservation, and creating accessible opportunities for environmental education and outdoor recreation in the community.

As a Friends of CNC, your gift recipient will also receive:

  • A welcome packet with a greeting card announcing your gift.
  • A one-year subscription to the St. Croix Current newsletter, published three times annually
  • Free snowshoe rentals, reduced or free admission to select CNC programs, and gift store and Apple Shack discounts.
  • Subscription to our monthly email newsletter with upcoming events, nature news, and timely updates on Carpenter Nature Center activities (optional)

Gift memberships start at $25.

 Gift a Friends of CNC enrollment with an online payment

Print-and-Mail Gift Form

For more information

Call (651) 437-4359 to speak with Erika Jensen – Development Coordinator

Carpenter Nature Center respects the privacy of its donors and does not disclose, sell, or exchange donor information to or with any person or any other entity unless required by law. We will, however, list donor names in the recognition rolls of the annual report and in a limited number of our other publications, unless a donor has chosen to make a gift anonymously.