Tribute Gifts

Tribute Gifts

Commemorative Items

The natural beauty and peacefulness of Cincinnati Nature Center creates the ideal setting in which to honor or remember a special person or to commemorate an occasion or milestone.

Cincinnati Nature Center is excited to offer a variety of tribute opportunities, including:

$7,500 Trail Bench or Garden Bench
$4,000 Stone Tile Reflection Benches
$3,500, $2,500, or $1,200 Tribute Trees
$1,000 or $500 Tribute Gardens

 

For questions regarding Commemorative Gifts or to schedule a private tour, please contact Major Gifts Officer Amanda Valentine at (513) 965-4249 or avalentine@cincynature.org.

Trail and Garden Benches – $7,500 per bench

Donations provide seating for visitors throughout the Celebration Garden and along trails in Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails. Click here to view a map of our Celebration Garden.

Location:

  • Trail and Garden Bench locations have been pre-selected by Nature Center staff to ensure visitor safety and adherence to planting guidelines determined by the Nature Center’s horticulture department.
  • Garden Benches are placed in four locations: Celebration Garden, Groesbeck Native Garden, gardens adjacent to Rowe Visitor Center, and along the Mashburn Discovery Trail.
  • Contact Major Gifts Officer Amanda Valentine for availability.

Commemoration:

  • Trail and Garden Benches are framed in black iron with brown slats and include one 2”h x 6”w metal plaque.
  • Each plaque can include up to four lines of text.
    • Example formatting:
      • In Honor of First Name Last Name
      • Given by First Name Last Name
      • Two additional lines if needed.

Trail and Garden Benches – Terms between Cincinnati Nature Center and donor(s):

  • There is a required memorandum of understanding to sign between Cincinnati Nature Center and the donor.
  • Donations secure a physical bench and an area for placing the bench for 10 years. However, payments do not convey control, reservation, or ownership of the benches nor of the areas reserved for their placement. 
  • Once the donation has been received, if benches are in stock, the bench will be placed within 15 business days. If the bench needs to be ordered, it may take up to ­­­­six weeks for placement. Once the bench is in place and the engraved metal plaque has been attached, donors will be informed.
  • Benches will be maintained for 10 years, after which the donor will be given the option to renew their financial commitment for another 10 years. If the donors do not wish to commit to another 10-year placement, the bench will be made available to other donors.
  • There exists a risk factor to a four-season outdoor tribute. Within the 10-year commitment, Cincinnati Nature Center will be responsible for replacing benches that are damaged or destroyed due to acts of nature.
  • In a constantly changing outdoor habitat, many things can change. Cincinnati Nature Center will continuously review tribute opportunities and determinations can be made at any time to discontinue this offering.
  • Cincinnati Nature Center reserves the right to relocate benches. Should this occur, donors will be informed. 
  • Benches may not be decorated or adorned with flags, flowers, or other items.
  • Cincinnati Nature Center is unable to accept donations of other benches. 

Stone Tile Reflection Benches – $4,000 per stone tile

Donations provide seating for visitors at three carved Stone Tile Reflection Benches in the Celebration Garden. Click here to view a map of our Celebration Garden.

Location:

  • The Crescent Reflection Bench is located in the north section of the Celebration Garden.
  • There are two other Reflection Benches at the entrance to the Legacy Trail.

Commemoration:

  • 12”X12” stone tiles will be engraved at the Crescent Reflection Bench or on one of the two Reflection Benches at the entrance to Legacy Trail in the Celebration Garden.
  • Each stone tile can include up to four lines of text.
    • Example formatting:
      • In Honor of First Name Last Name
      • Given by First Name Last Name
      • Two additional lines if needed.

Stone Tile Reflection Benches – Terms between Cincinnati Nature Center and donor(s):

  • There is a required memorandum of understanding to sign between Cincinnati Nature Center and the donor.
  • Donations secure donors a 12” x 12” Stone Tile. Since these tiles cannot be changed out, these are available for the life of the tile. Payments do not convey control, reservation, or ownership of the tile nor of the areas reserved for their placement. 
  • Stone masons will be on site twice a year to engrave stones (April and September). Once a donation has been received, a request will be scheduled for the next visit from the stone mason and donors will be informed once it’s completed.
  • Cincinnati Nature Center will be responsible for replacing stone tiles that are damaged or destroyed due to acts of nature.
  • In a constantly changing outdoor habitat, many things can change, and Cincinnati Nature Center will continue to review tribute options and a determination can be made at any time to discontinue this option.

Tribute Trees

  • $3,500 per Designated Tree in Celebration Garden

  • $2,500 per Planted Oak Tree at Rowe Woods or Long Branch Farm & Trails

  • $1,200 per Planted American Plum Tree or Hazelnut Tree at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Donations help to regularly plant trees as part of ongoing habitat restoration efforts as well as for beautifying our gardens.

Location:

  • Celebration Garden
    • 25 Designated Trees are being offered for naming to help us reach Arboretum status.
      • Contact Major Gifts Officer Amanda Valentine for availability.
  • Rowe Woods
    • Trees will be planted where needed, including in the Celebration Garden, and throughout Rowe Woods.
  • Long Branch Farm & Trails
    • Trees will be planted where needed throughout Long Branch.
    • Midwest Oak Savanna Tree Planting Project
      • The Center for Conservation is currently converting a 6-acre row-cropped field into a Midwest oak savanna.

Commemoration:

  • For Designated Trees in the Celebration Garden, signs will be placed at each individual tree with two lines of text.
    • Example formatting:
      • In Honor of First Name Last Name
      • Given by First Name Last Name
  • The current Tribute Tree donor sign in Celebration Garden will be repurposed and list all Oak, Plum, and Hazelnut Tribute Tree donors no matter where the tree is located.
    • Signage will be updated twice a year (April and September).
    • Due to space limitations on the signage, only two lines of text are permitted.
      • Example formatting:
        • In Honor of First Name Last Name
        • Given by First Name Last Name

Tribute Trees – Terms between Cincinnati Nature Center and donor(s):

  • There is a required memorandum of understanding to sign between Cincinnati Nature Center and the donor.
  • Contributions for any kind of Tribute Tree does not convey ownership or adoption of a specific tree.
  • There exists a risk factor to a four-season outdoor tribute. Cincinnati Nature Center is not responsible for replacing Tribute Trees that are damaged or destroyed due to acts of nature.
  • In a constantly changing outdoor habitat, many things can change. Cincinnati Nature Center will continuously review tribute opportunities and determinations can be made at any time to discontinue this option. 
  • All proceeds from the Tribute Tree program are directed towards the upkeep of the Celebration Garden, and conservation of woodlands at both Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails, which includes the planting of new trees and the protection of existing ones.

Tribute Gardens

  • $1,000 for Legacy Trail Garden
  • $500 per Specialty Garden

Donations help to plant, maintain, and supplement biodiversity in garden areas of approx. 350-400 sq. ft. within the Celebration Garden, and help Cincinnati Nature Center to reach Arboretum status.

Location:

  • Krippendorf Legacy Garden will be on the main pathway.
  • Specialty Gardens are throughout the Celebration Garden.

Commemoration:

  • The current Tribute Tree donor sign in Celebration Garden will be repurposed and list all Specialty Garden donors no matter the garden location.
  • Signage will be updated twice a year (April and September).
  • Due to space limitations on the signage, only two lines of text are permitted.
    • Example formatting:
      • In Honor of First Name Last Name
      • Given by First Name Last Name 

 

$1,000

 

Krippendorf Legacy Trail Garden

  • Transplanting legacy plants including a multi-species daffodil display area on the main pathway “Legacy Trail.”
$500

 

Pollinator Sun Garden–Coming Spring 2024

  • A variety of sun-loving perennials will be planted by the Herb Wall Trail to provide much-needed food resources for specialist pollinators including native bees in the northern area of the Celebration Garden.  
$500

 

Pollinator Shade Garden—Coming Spring 2024

  • Located in the southern half of Celebration Garden, this garden will contain shade natives.
$500

 

Native Shrub Garden

  • Add variety of native shrubs and sedges to already existing plantings.
$500

 

Fernery

  • Add variety of native fern species to already existing plantings.

 

Notes:

  • We do not permit ashes to be spread anywhere on the grounds at Cincinnati Nature Center.
  • There are naming opportunities that have been retired and are no longer available: Metal Leaf Wall;
  • Stepping Stones; Terra Cotta Tiles on columns; Tribute Trees with specific longitude and latitude coordinates.

Tribute Gardens – Terms between Cincinnati Nature Center and donor(s):

  • There is a required memorandum of understanding to sign between Cincinnati Nature Center and the donor.
  • Donations help to plant, grow, and maintain these plants for three years, after which time the donor will be able to renew their commitment. If a donor chooses not to renew their commitment, the area will be made available to another donor.  
  • Contributions to the garden areas do not convey ownership or control of the area.
  • There exists a risk factor to a four-season outdoor tribute. Cincinnati Nature Center is not responsible for replacing gardens that are damaged or destroyed due to acts of nature.
  • In a constantly changing outdoor habitat, many things can change. Cincinnati Nature Center will continuously review tribute opportunities and determinations can be made at any time to discontinue these options.
  • Cincinnati Nature Center reserves the right to alter the garden based on the performance of the plants or the needs of the horticulture department.