Become a member today!

Buttonwood Nature Center, home of The Institute, relies entirely on membership contributions, student fees, fundraising events, bequests, sponsorships, and grants to support its activities. Your Buttonwood membership helps to support education programs for school children, workshops, lectures for adults and teens, weekend community events, and internships and research on the cultural and natural heritage of our local communities.

We offer memberships at the following levels

Educator ($50 and up)
Single/Couple ($25 to $99)
Family ($50 to $99)
Naturalist Society ($100 to $249)
Conservation Society ($250 to $499)
Preservation Society ($500 to $999)
Heritage Society ($1,000 or more)
Today’s Horizon Fund (See Note, below)


The Today’s Horizon Fund is a special multi-year commitment in support of general operations and program development. We invite you to contact us to learn about this important giving level. Details about minimum giving thresholds and time commitment available upon request.

We hope you will join us!

We would love to welcome you as a member. Benefits of membership include Streamside, annual report and journal, emailed updates on events, news and happenings (if you wish), and discounts on workshop fees, as well as the reward of knowing that your gift is helping to improve the quality of life in our community.

Use the form below to JOIN US, or to RENEW your Buttonwood Nature Center/Institute annual membership. You can also download a membership form here.


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Associate Memberships

  • $25–99Single/Couple
  • $50–99Family
  • $50 +Educator

Society Memberships

  • $100–249Naturalist
  • $250–499Conservation
  • $500–999Preservation
  • $1,000+Heritage

$5,000+ undesignated gift Today’s Horizon Fund

Amount (Please enter numbers only, without the dollar sign symbol)

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We also offer opportunities for individuals to sponsor programs and support our Endowment Fund.

For more information about membership or any other contribution option, call us at (717) 762-0373, or email us at [email protected].