Zimmerman Prairie will be expanded
Visitors enjoy a hands-on fish program sponsored by the Friends of Schmeeckle

Join/Donate to the Friends


Donating to the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve is a natural way to support the Reserve. The Friends group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing and improving Schmeeckle. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity, donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law as provided in IRS 170(c)(3).


Friends Membership

Friends memberships are available for students, individuals, families, and corporate organizations. Memberships run July 1 to June 30. Renewal reminders are sent each spring. Those who join within the last six months of the membership year will not be asked to renew until the following year.

Membership benefits include:

  • Personalized membership card as a symbol of your commitment to preserving and enhancing Schmeeckle Reserve.
  • 10% discount in Schmeeckle's gift shop, offering unique nature-themed gifts, clothing, guidebooks, and more.
  • Reduced rates for Outdoor Gear Rentals, renting kayaks, canoes, snowshoes, cross-country skis, tents, and more.
  • 'Round the Reserve newsletter featuring current events and behind-the-scenes stories, mailed three times a year. 
  • Voting rights at the annual meeting to elect board members and help set direction for the organization.
  • Invitations to Friends-sponsored events such as field trips, speaker series, and workshops.
  • Volunteer opportunities to help with Friends-sponsored community events and assist with trail maintenance, boardwalk building, and other projects. 

A Life Membership is also available that can be paid as a single lump sum or split over two years. In addition to the benefits above, life members do not need to renew annually and donations are invested in the Friends Endowment Fund. Click here for more information about Life Memberships.

For more information about all memberships, download the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve membership brochure.


How to Join or Donate

Join by Mail

To print and mail your membership or a gift membership, download the Friends Membership form.

Donate by Mail

To print and mail a Friends donation, download the Friends Donation Gift form.

Join or Donate Online

Join or donate to the Friends by filling in the form below. Payments are processed securely by PayPal.