Making a Gift and Becoming a Member

Memberships, and additional gifts of all sizes, are a critical part of our success in bringing innovative science and nature programming to people of all ages. As a member-supported organization, the Hitchcock Center relies on our donors to help us deliver year-round environmental education to our whole community.

Membership contributions make up approximately 35% of our operating budget each year. By becoming a member, whether it’s at the Individual or Leadership Circle level, you are part of inspiring a new generation of environmentally literate citizens.

Monthly Sustainers are especially important to the Hitchcock Center! Recurring donors allow us to operate more efficiently, just like our new building, by providing steady support that we can count on in planning for the future. Consider giving directly from your bank account to reduce fees and avoid complications as your card number changes.

Our members help us to:

Membership Types and Benefits

EBT Member: Complimentary

Did you know that your EBT card can be used to access membership and programs at the Hitchcock Center? Learn more about the EBT Card to Culture Program.

All EBT members receive:

  • Our Hitchcock Center window decal
  • Discounts on Adult Community Programs and Children & Family Programs
  • Early registration for our popular Nature Summer Camps
  • Borrowing privileges from our extensive library of books, field guides, games, puzzles, puppets, family discovery packs, and more.
  • 20% off Hitchcock Center merchandise
Individual Member: $45

Discounted access for one adult – great for seniors, students and teachers.

All Individual Members receive:

  • Our Hitchcock Center window decal
  • Discounts on Adult Community Programs
  • Borrowing privileges from our extensive library of books, field guides, games, puzzles, puppets, family discovery packs, and more.
Family Member: $60

Benefits for your whole household – enjoy early registration for our popular Summer Camps.

All Family Members receive:

  • Our Hitchcock Center window decal
  • Discounts on Adult Community Programs and Children & Family Programs
  • Early registration for our popular Nature Summer Camps
  • Borrowing privileges from our extensive library of books, field guides, games, puzzles, puppets, family discovery packs, and more.
  • 20% off Hitchcock Center merchandise
Supporting Member: $120 [$10/month]

Take the next step in supporting science and nature education for a healthier planet.

All Supporting Members receive:

  • Our Hitchcock Center window decal
  • Discounts on Adult Community Programs and Children & Family Programs
  • Early registration for our popular Nature Summer Camps
  • Borrowing privileges from our extensive library of books, field guides, games, puzzles, puppets, family discovery packs, and more.
  • 20% off Hitchcock Center merchandise
Contributing Member: $250 [$21/month]

Help strengthen environmental learning for our whole community, all year-round.

All Contributing Members receive:

  • Our Hitchcock Center window decal
  • Discounts on Adult Community Programs and Children & Family Programs
  • Early registration for our popular Nature Summer Camps
  • Borrowing privileges from our extensive library of books, field guides, games, puzzles, puppets, family discovery packs, and more.
  • 20% off Hitchcock Center merchandise
Sponsoring Member: $500 [$42/month]

Build a more sustainable future through programming that deepens our bonds with all life and inspires a new era of environmental education. 

All Sponsoring Members receive:

  • Our Hitchcock Center window decal
  • Discounts on Adult Community Programs and Children & Family Programs
  • Early registration for our popular Nature Summer Camps
  • Borrowing privileges from our extensive library of books, field guides, games, puzzles, puppets, family discovery packs, and more.
  • 20% off Hitchcock Center merchandise
Leadership Circle: $1,000 and above

Advance our vision for serving a broader audience with educational excellence that meets our maximum potential.

Patron: $1,000
Leader: $2,500
Advocate: $5,000
Benefactor: $10,000

All Leadership Circle members receive:

  • Our Hitchcock Center window decal
  • Discounts on Adult Community Programs and Children & Family Programs
  • Early registration for our popular Nature Summer Camps
  • Borrowing privileges from our extensive library of books, field guides, games, puzzles, puppets, family discovery packs, and more.
  • 20% off Hitchcock Center merchandise

By request, Leadership Circle members also receive:

  • A gift Family Membership to give to a friend
  • Early option to buy Battle of Botanicals tickets (before they sell out!)
  • Free admission to one Community Program of your choice
  • Invitations to special member events

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Celebrate a special birthday, milestone, friend or family member by making a gift in their honor. We will send a note to your honoree or to their family, letting them know of your thoughtful tribute gift.

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