Churchville Nature Center
Donation Options
Consider Giving a Helping Hand...
While the facility of the Churchville Nature Center is county owned, the educational programming, trails, exhibits, much of the maintenance and the outreach we provide are all funded by the non-profit group The Friends of Churchville Nature Center. When you come to a program, purchase a memorial, become a member or outright donate to the center, you are helping to fund the FoCNC in their ongoing goals. We rely on the public to help us continue our mission to:

"instill an awareness and appreciation of the natural world in all people through education, and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship with a commitment to the preservation of resources and wildlife habitat."
If you want to participate in the fifty plus years of public financial fellowship with the center, please consider one of the many options listed below.
Garden Memorials
Visitors to the Marlin D. Corn Wildlife Gardens of Churchville Nature Center can enjoy a peaceful setting for contemplation and wildlife viewing. The gardens also provide a means for individuals and organizations to recognize their loved ones, both living and deceased with memorial brick options or on our memorial plaque. Loved ones can be recognized in the Wildlife Gardens in several different ways. The first is a name-plate can be added to the memorial sign at the garden’s entrance for a donation of $100. The second is for a memorial brick to be placed in the path leading into the gardens, around the central pond or leading towards the butterfly house. Bricks are $225.00 for an 8x8 and $100.00 for a 4x8 brick.
For more information on the garden memorials, please contact our naturalist, Bill Woodroffe, at or at 215-357-4005 ext. 5033.
Bench & Tree Memorials
An existing tree, regardless of size, can be dedicated for a $300 donation. A new shrub can be planted for $400 and a new tree for $700. A five year replacement guarantee is placed on each newly planted tree.
While we no longer offer custom made cedar benches, we now offer recycled plastic benches. These will provide a longer lifespan and are placed within the trail system. New benches are concreted into the ground and come with a $1,200 price per bench.
Names are memorialized on plates made of weatherproof black metal with silver lettering for trees and silver metal with black writing for benches. To learn more, please contact our Naturalist, Bill Woodroffe at or by phone at 215-357-4005 ext 5033.
The CNC Endowment Fund* provides continued support to the center. As the endowment fund grows, so does the interest that is available; the endowment itself can never be used except to support the center. This ensures that the center and its mission of education and preservation will continue well into the future.
For monetary donations, please use the web from (link below; select 'endowment' from the donation type drop-down). The fund also accepts charitable gift annuities, appreciated securities, real estate, life insurance policies, charitable remainder trusts, and bequests; contact us to learn more.
*Created by the Friends of Churchville Nature Center in 2004 and managed by the Philadelphia Foundation (established 1918 to provide philanthropic services to southeastern Pennsylvanians).
Migratory Marathon
During the month of May an amazing variety of bird species visits our area on their northerly migration to their nesting grounds. Churchville Nature Center’s Bird Marathon Team searches the woods, fields and meadows at this time counting and documenting the number and variety of species passing through. Flat donations in support of the Migratory Marathon can be made online or done as a value per bird. Information on the marathon comes out at the end of April each year.
Amazon & Amazon Smiles
The Friends of Churchville Nature Center is a registered non-profit organization on Amazon and can be selected as a charity to support through your purchases. The link below will send you to the Amazon Smiles About page where you can choose to list Churchville as your preferred charity. A small percentage of all your Amazon purchases will be given to the center once you select us!
Another way to support us through Amazon is to add products from our Wish Lists to your shopping cart at check out to donate specific supplies for either our animals or our educational programs. The two lists are updated all the time and are linked below.
Annual Appeal
The Annual Appeal helps to fund the Churchville Nature Center's on-going, daily mission of education, preservation and responsible environmental stewardship. Sent to our members each year, the appeal donations can be made by anyone who loves the center and wants to assist in our continued progress forward.
Consider A Natural Gift...
Planned Giving
There will come a time in your life when you will formalize your wishes to take care of your family and loved ones by writing your will. We would like you to consider Churchville Nature Center at this time with a bequest. It can easily be done by listing Churchville Nature Center as a beneficiary. Whether small or large, your donation upon your passing will insure your legacy to continue with the things you cared so much about: your Churchville family and its mission of preservation and education.
Please contact Kirsten Becker, our Administrative Director, for more information at or 215-357-4005 ext 5034
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