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Rebuild McKaig Park Fund
Fund to help mitigate the severe damages caused by the erosion and wear.
• Rebuild damaged bridges.
• Repair storm water mitigation efforts.
• Fix erosion issues along the trails.
 
Cadet trail 13 storm rain overflowing stream
Photo: Cadet trail by marker White 13 during rain storm
 
McKaig Nature Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, so your contribution to our center is fully tax deductible as allowed by relevant law.
Progress: $ 11,360.00 received toward our goal of $ 17,000.00
Narrod Family & Friends Charitable Gift Fund
Honor the legacy of Marionle & Stuart Narrod to expand nature education and exploration in McKaig Nature Center.
 
Narrod
 
 
McKaig Nature Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, so your contribution to our center is fully tax deductible as allowed by relevant law
Old Roberts School Preservation Fund
Our 1850's one room Schoolhouse serves a creative classroom and historic community meting place. Your generosity will help keep Old Roberts Schoolhouse the inspiring place of education and a great place to meet with neighbors.
 
Old Roberts Schoolhouse in October snow

McKaig Nature Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, so your contribution to our center is fully tax deductible as allowed by relevant law.
Progress: $ 676.00 received toward our goal of $ 5,000.00
Open Space Fund
Open Space Preservation through Land Acquisition and Regulatory Advocacy.

This strategy focuses on the acquisition of undeveloped or developed land to lessen or prevent the impacts of over development on our community’s assets. In general, the strategy requires the following steps: (1) identification or mapping of available open space, (2) prioritization of parcels, and (3) acquisition of property or advocating for use restrictions at the municipal and state levels.

Your contribution to this fund will help achieve these goals. Acquisition of land can take a number of forms. The McKaig Nature Center may purchase land from willing sellers outright, receive a donation of private land, or negotiate deed restrictions on the use of public or private lands.
 
 
McKaig Nature Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, so your contribution to our center is fully tax deductible as allowed by relevant law.
Scout and Student Project Fund
Throughout McKaig's history, Gold (Girl Scouts), Eagle (Boy Scout) projects along with High School Senior projects have been completed in and around the McKaig park, these projects not only make visiting McKaig a more enjoyable experience, help mold these young adults to be good citizens and projects prove very beneficial to our environment too.
 
Though fundraising is usually a key component for these projects that the Scouts and Students perform, this detail can detract from the project itself and the burden often falls onto the Scout/Student's family to fully fund the completion of the project. 
 
In special cases, when this financial burden proves to stall a project or causes a severe family financial burden, through this fund the McKaig Nature Center provides a matching grant of up to $400 per project.
 
Scouts Eagle Trail Name project
 
McKaig Nature Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, so your contribution to our center is fully tax deductible as allowed by relevant law.
Ben Hodgkins Memorial Scholarship Fund
The nature of childhood has changed since we went to school. Kids have moved indoors during the last two decades especially in urban areas, taking a physical and mental toll on them.  The negative impact of decreased time outdoors includes a doubling of the childhood obesity rate, as well as declining creativity, concentration and social skills.
Connecting children and nature has great health benefits. Studies show outdoor time help children grow lean and strong, enhances imaginations and attention spans, decreases aggression, and boosts classroom performance. Furthermore, children who spend time in nature regularly are shown to become better stewards of the environment.
Donations to this fund are used for education programs for underprivileged students and children from disadvantaged areas.
girl student education macroinvertabrates
 Ben Hodgkins frequently visited the McKaig park with his son to instill an appreciation about learning nature.
McKaig Nature Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, so your contribution to our center is fully tax deductible as allowed by relevant law.
Progress: $ 2,120.00 received toward our goal of $ 4,350.00
Transform Discovery Into Legacy
The McKaig Nature Education Center is where discovering nature happens on a daily basis, a place where the sense of wonder is continually awakened, and an ethos of care for nature is instilled. We strive to make outdoor education, exploration and experience accessible to all.

Pass on your values and honor your loved ones by helping to create a lasting legacy. Your gift will help to continue our mission of enriching lives and inspiring all to care for nature through the connection among people, nature and community.
 
student boy binoculars education

McKaig Nature Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, so your contribution to our center is fully tax deductible as allowed by relevant law.
Sponsor a Tree - Be a Climate Activist
Your $29 sponsorship will purchase a tree, shrub or native plant, cedar stake, grow tube or protective cage.
During autumn, volunteers will plant your tree and protect it with a grow tube or cage.
This is a great way to help the environment of our planet. Do your part, sponsor 1 new tree per year per person.
Our goal is to plant 200 new plants this year.

1 tree/plant: $29   -   2 trees/plants: $55   -   3 trees/plants: $79

1 larger tree/plant: $99   -   2 larger plants: $189   -   3 larger plants: $249

 
students planting ferns

McKaig Nature Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, so your contribution to our center is fully tax deductible as allowed by relevant law.
Progress: $ 1,851.00 received toward our goal of $ 5,000.00
Memorial Garden - Non-members
Memorial Garden to remember loved ones, both 2 legged and 4 legged, who enjoyed visiting the peaceful woods of McKaig Nature Center.

Minimum donation for non-members - $150.
 
Memorial Garden
 
McKaig Nature Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, so your contribution to our center is fully tax deductible as allowed by relevant law.
Gift a Tree and Help the Environment
The McKaig Nature Education Center tree program is a thoughtful gift for nature-loving friends and family members and a great way to help our environment.

Your plant sponsorship* will purchase a tree, shrub, or native plant that next year will be planted by student volunteers for you and your gift recipient at the McKaig Nature Center or other open space.

 

Upon ordering, you’ll receive a beautiful printable certificate with your gift details via email that you can present to the recipient. Once it’s planted, you’ll receive a photograph with the location tag of where you can find your tree in the park.

1 tree: $29   -   2 trees: $55   -   3 trees: $79

1 larger plant: $99   -   2 larger plants: $189   -   3 larger plants: $249


Clicking the link brings you to an order page, enter your contact information and:


* We reserve the right to combine sponsorships to plant larger specimen as needed for the target location. 

Proceeds benefit environmental education programs for students. 

McKaig Nature Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit conservancy, so your contribution to our center is fully tax deductible as allowed by relevant law.