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The mission of the Asbury Woods Partnership is to preserve Asbury Woods and provide all members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences that inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship.

Asbury Woods Nature Center operates through a public-private partnership between the Asbury Woods Partnership, Inc. and the Millcreek Township School District. The Nature Center is an educational facility owned by the Millcreek Township School District.Community programs, events and support for special projects are provided by the Asbury Woods Partnership, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations. Funding for the Asbury Woods Partnership is provided in part by a variety of grants, fees and the generosity of our members, donors and patrons.

Since its inception in 2000, the Asbury Woods Partnership has provided an increased portion of funding for Asbury Woods Nature Center annually. In 2015, the Partnership will provide all funding for community events, festivals and public programming.This funding is possible through the generosity and support from our community. The Millcreek Township School District owns Asbury Woods and provides all support for MTSD curriculum programming to over 7,000 students, technology and maintenance.

The Asbury Woods Partnership is governed by a 15-member volunteer board that supports the Center’s programming and capital needs with fundraising, advocacy and long-range planning. Specifically, the Partnership provides funding for community programs, trails and exhibits through philanthropic donations, memberships and grants. Additional income comes from earned revenues including gift shop sales, program fees and special events.

Asbury Woods Partnership is proud to have recorded the following achievements:

  • 2000 “Friends of Asbury Woods Nature Center” (former name of the Asbury Woods Partnership) filed articles of incorporation and by-laws.
  • 2000 Launched a successful 3.8 million capital campaign for Nature Center renovations and expansion.
  • 2005 Grand reopening of the renovated Nature Center cottage with a 7,000 square foot green building addition complete with vegetative roof, additional teaching space, new live animal exhibits and Squeaky Frog Gift Shop.
  • 2006 Completed Asbury Woods Nature Center’s Strategic Plan that outlines goals for programs and financial and environmental sustainability.
  • 2008 Entered into a new operating agreement with Millcreek Township School District and changed its name to the Asbury Woods Partnership, with 501(c)(3) status.
  • 2010 Established permanent endowment with The Erie Community Foundation.
  • 2010 Established formal estate planning program for donors through The Erie Community Foundation’s Elisha H. Mack Community Bequest Society Mack Society.
  • 2010 Received “Charles H. Bracken Excellence in Nonprofit Governance Award” from the Non-Profit Partnership.
  • 2012 Asbury Woods Partnership enters into the first amended operating agreement with the Millcreek Township School District, and shall operate all community programming and events at the Asbury Woods Nature Center.
  • 2013 Inaugural Signature Event – Wine & Dine in the Woods is held in July.
  • 2013 Completed the new Strategic Plan for the Asbury Woods Partnership.
  • 2014 Completed construction and landscaping of the new Otto Behrend Celebration Garden located adjacent to the Nature Center building.
  • 2014 Launched a new innovative Asbury Woods website.
  • 2016 Purchased 115 acres creating Asbury Woods Nature Preserve.
  • 2016 Launched our Preserving a Legacy Campaign.

Asbury Woods Nature Center has a dedicated staff of full time, part time and seasonal employees. Our staff is recognized locally, statewide and nationally for their professionalism and knowledge. A strong pool of over 660 active volunteers comprised of both adults and students assist in all aspects of the operation of the Center.

For more information or to learn how you can get involved in supporting the efforts of the Asbury Woods Partnership, please call (814) 835-5356. You may also visit our contributions page to make a donation.

The official registration and financial information for the Asbury Woods Partnership Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 1-800-732-0999 or at www.dos.state.pa.us/charities. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Asbury Woods Partnership Form 990 990-tax-form-2015-16

Asbury Woods Partnership Form 990 990-tax-form-2013-14