Inspiring exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

Support the Grand Traverse Conservation District

For more than 70 year, the Grand Traverse Conservation District has been caring for the people and places that make our region among the most beautiful in the world.  As the needs of our community continue to increase, so does our responsibility to protect and steward those things we hold most dear. To this end the Conservation District works tirelessly to keep our local farms sustainable, the Boardman River healthy, our public parklands accessible, and our children outdoors.

  • We work hand in hand with over 100 local farmers to protect our shared natural resources
  • We traverse the 287-square mile Boardman River watershed, restoring tributaries, mitigating erosion and restoring habitat.
  • We manage and provide safe, sustainable access to over 3000 acres of the region’s most treasured public parkland including more than 20 miles of nature trails.
  • Each year, welcome over 10,000 children, adults and families to the Boardman River Nature Center to take part in programs, exhibits and nature experiences that truly make a difference.

We Need Your Help!

The Grand Traverse Conservation District is independently funded, receiving over 95% of our operating support from donations, grants, programs, plant and seedling sales and fee-for-service contracts. Less than 5% of our operating support comes from direct appropriations.

Gifts to the Grand Traverse Conservation District are tax deductible to the maximum extent of the law.

There are many important ways to support our work

  • Donate – By making a charitable gift, you can help nurture our community’s connection to nature and inspire future generations of environmental stewards.
  • Become a Friend – Becoming a Friend of the Grand Traverse Conservation District is a fun, affordable, and powerful way for you to support all aspects of our mission!
  • Volunteer – volunteer with us as an educator, Nature Center docent, field technician, or a number of other ways!