Autumn in the Valley Gala

Celebrate at Carpenter

Join CNC’s Board of Directors for a wonderful evening along  the bluffs of the St. Croix River. Guests will enjoy tours of the trails, mingling near the gardens, a silent & live auction and dinner catered by Lake Elmo Inn. For everyone to enjoy the Autumn in the Valley Gala safely, COVID precautions will be taken and event attendance will be limited.

Purchase Tickets

Individual Tickets are $110/person (includes $50 tax-deductible donation).

Complete and mail this form or purchase tickets online at

Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, August 13.


Pre-register for all silent auction bidding

Bidding opens September 1

Event Schedule

4:00 pm         Social Hour with Open Bar, Cart Tours, and Live Music

6:00 pm         Program and Live Auction

7:00 pm         Dinner

7:30 pm         Silent Auction Close

8:00 pm         Check-out available

Join Us Online

For those who would prefer to participate from the comfort of home, you may join us virtually by watching the live-stream of our event program, participating in the silent auction and donating online.


Register online at

Participation is FREE. Please consider showing your support through sponsorship and engaging in our online auction.


Pre-register for all silent auction bidding

Bidding opens September 1

Virtual Program

6:00 pm         Program and Live Auction   

7:30 pm         Silent Auction Closes

Sponsorships & Item Donations

The Autumn in the Valley Gala would not be possible without the support of generous donors and event sponsors. Sponsors receive recognition prior to and following the event, as well as the opportunity to reserve event seats for the onsite gathering. To become an event sponsor, please Register Online or send in a completed Mail-in Sponsorship & Donation Flyer.

We are currently seeking item donations for our silent auction fundraiser. To donate an item, please contact Erika at or (651)-437-4359, or mail in the Donation Flyer.

Auction Item Ideas and Guidelines:

  • Themed gift baskets
  • Nature or outdoor themed items
  • Gift cards to local restaurants and businesses
  • Unique experiences or trips
  • New or Like-New items

Item donations accepted until August 31, 2020

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.