Giving

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The Silver Lake Nature Center has many needs beyond our budget and resources. The following is a “wish list” of desirable items. Please contact the Center for an updated list.

View the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center’s Donor Policy.

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  • Donate to the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center – help us meet our mission of providing education and recreation to the community.
  • Make a bequest, leaving the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center in your will.
  • Earn Educational Income Tax Credits (EITC) for donations for the Center’s educational programs, contact the Center for details!
  • Give someone a membership in the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center.
  • Make a bequest in your will.
  • Give of your time – Become an active volunteer and enjoy the personal reward of making a difference.
  • Buy Educational support material – Items for this list will enable us to provide a better quality educational program.
  • Business Matching Donation Program – Does your employer have a program where they will match your donation?
  • Buy Equipment for use on the grounds – These items are needed to assist with the maintenance of our building and trails and for the user of our volunteers during the monthly Volunteer Work Days.
  • Purchase supplies for use in the office – These items are needed to assist with the daily operations.

Sponsor an Event or program – Underwrite the cost of a program so we can keep our services affordable to members of the community.

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Education

  • Weber fire canister – When it rains this would enable us to have our sleep over campfire in a safe covered location.
  • Gift cards at local Grocery Stores for use by our interns or for events.
  • Raincoats for children. View a sample from Walmart.
  • 35 magnifiers on lanyard to be used as par of our educational programs
  • 24 d-frame dip net nets to replace nets worn out by use. Our nets are from Wards
  • 12 Golden guide insect field guide so we can give each child a book to help them identify the insects they find during our insect programs. Click to see product at Amazon.
  • Clear storage boxes 18 X 24 X 15 so we can keep our program material organized.

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Ground

New pond liner 30 by 30
Wood Plane or Rasp
Graffiti Remover products are readily available at hardware stores like CBM or Beech’s Hardware

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Office

Four new Office Chairs to replace aging chairs used by staff. View one of many possibility from Office Depot.
New Flier display/rack plastic holders. View one possibility.
New traveling presentation boards for use at exhibitions like the Grange Fair. View one possibility.
Pictures frame 8.5 by 11 inches natural wood frame
Solar lights to light up trails for evening events. View one possibility.
Kitchen Towels for all sorts of projects, there are never enough towels.

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Time

Give your time as a volunteer in one of a myriad of volunteer jobs. Only have a couple hours? There are tasks like data entry, assisting with mailing, or working at a special event. Want a regular schedule? There are jobs on the grounds, caring for our animals, or assisting in the store. Volunteering is fun and rewarding.

Bequest

When you die, you can ensure that the Center goes on providing the habitat and education which you enjoyed by leaving a portion of your estate to the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center. Simply designate the “Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center” as a beneficiary in your will: either a fixed amount or a percentage of your estate. Call 215-785-1177 for details or email Director/Naturalist, Bob Mercer, for a private consultation. Bequests build the endowment fund from which the Friends take just the interest earned to help with operating expenses.

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Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donate Now!

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll free within PA 1-800-732-0999 or at this link.