Hours and Admission


Thursday - Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

CMNC will be CLOSED:

New Years Day
Fourth of July
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day


$8.00 ~ Adults
$3.00 ~ 5 to 12 years old
Free under 5

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Donate Now

We offer several different ways for you to donate to Crowley, please click on the link below for the option that best serves you:


Planned Giving


I would like to contribute to the general fund the following:


Project Donations

I would like contribute to the following projects:

Save the Boardwalk Campaign ~ Help save our 20 year old boardwalk. Your donation will go towards new decking, handrails and ADA ramps for a smoother, safer trail experience. Your name plate will be on the rail of the new structure.

Forest Restoration Project ~ The Pine Level Trail and the majority of the pine flat woods have become dangerously overgrown and is now a fire hazard not only to Crowley but to its natural inhabitants like the deer, bobcats and many migratory bird species. By restoring the forest through controlled burns and underbrush clearing, this practice will re-introduce many species of animals that have long since vacated the area

Youth Education Science, Nature and History Programs ~ Support Crowley as we expand our educational programs structure to meet the growing demand from the communities we serve. A donation of $500 will insure a name plate, in your honor, will appear at either the Edina Truchot Learning Center or The newly renovated Tatum Schoolhouse.

Tatum Ridge Schoolhouse ~ Interior "period relevant" furnishings and artifacts for the completed Tatum Schoolhouse.

It’s our Anniversary! The Crowley Museum and Nature Center is now 35 years old. Our goal is to make general improvements and additions to the lands and the pioneer history area, including the museum, blacksmith shop and the learning center. In addition, we have projects listed below that are in need of completion Please support this unrestricted fund. Your nameplate will go on display in the pioneer area on our donor wall.

  • Entrance and roadway resurface

  • Replace old computers, server and network

  • Equipment - all terrain vehicle, mowers, blower, cultivator

  • Livestock fencing – multi-species grazing

  • New well with solar or wind power pump to sustain agricultural programs now on site including our muscadine grape vineyard.

  • Interior “period relevant” furnishings and artifacts for the completed Tatum School house.

Plant a Tree to honor or celebrate someone special

Gift in Honor

Gift in Memory

Recurring gifts – monthly giving

I would like to contribute monthly to the general fund by having it automatic charge to my VISA/MasterCard/American Express or Discover for $___.

Sponsor a Child's Visits to CMNC

A donation of $40 will sponsor a child who would, otherwise, not have an opportunity experience the beauty of "Old Florida's natural places."

Planned Giving

Planned Giving Below is a summary of some of the ways you can help support the Crowley Museum and Nature Center. In addition to making a difference in the future of the Center, you may benefit from income and capital gains tax savings when you establish a planned gift.


Naming CMNC in your will can be a financially responsible way to make a special gift that otherwise may not be possible during your lifetime. Bequests can be designated or unrestricted in any amount.

Suggested language: I give to the Crowley Museum and Nature Center a corporation located in Sarasota, FL the sum of $____ [or property described herein].

Life Income Plans

There are several types of life-income plans, all of which combine life payments for one or more income recipients that are designated by the donor. Donor(s) may enjoy numerous benefits including the potential to receive a higher income and avoid capital gains taxes.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

  • Charitable beneficiary receives the remainder interest. It provides financial and estate planning flexibility. Donor transfers property under a trust agreement that specifies how trust income and principal are to be distributed. Trust may be created to become effective during life or at death.

  • An irrevocable trust qualifies for tax consideration if it is in two forms: (1) Charitable Remainder Unitrust – provides for payment to the beneficiaries of an amount that may vary. Payment must equal a fixed percentage of the net fair-market value of the trust. Donor determines the fixed percentage, must be at least 5% of the value of the trust assets. Payments made at least annually. (2) Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust – instead of a payout that may vary, the annuity trust provides a fixed payout of not less than 5% of the initial fair–market value of the gift in trust. Makes it suitable for a beneficiary who needs the security of a specific income.

Gift Annuities - most popular charitable life - income plan
In exchange for a transfer of cash, securities, or in some cases real estate, the charity guarantees to make specified annuity payments to the donor or other beneficiary. Payout depends on the age and number of beneficiaries. A portion of each annuity payment is income tax free over the life expectancy of the annuitant. Cannot be added to, but can set up multiple Gift Annuities.

Pooled Income Fund
Specific kind of trust that allows irrevocable gifts from separate donors to be commingled or "pooled" for investment purposes. Each income beneficiary receives a proportionate share of the net income earned by the fund each year. Usually at the death of the beneficiary, that particular portion of the fund's assets will be distributed to the charity.

Retirement Funds (IRA)
Donors can direct their retirement funds and IRAs in support of the Crowley Museum and Nature Center. This designation often allows the donor to make a considerable legacy gift. Careful planning is necessary in the use of IRAs and other retirement plans to fund charitable gifts.

Life Insurance
While many people own some form of life insurance because of its unique ability to meet a variety of needs for financial protection, its role in planned charitable giving is frequently overlooked. Donors may also purchase a new policy and name Crowley as a beneficiary, which allows the donor to make a substantial gift for a relatively modest annual outlay.

A fund that is made up of gifts and bequests that are subject to a requirement that the principal be maintained intact and invested to create a source of income for an organization. Donors may set up an endowment to fund a specific interest; and a nonprofit's governing body may set up an endowment. In any case, an endowment requires that the principal remain intact in perpetuity, or for a defined period of time or until sufficient assets have been accumulated to achieve a designated purpose. For more information please contact Bill Cowdright Executive Director to set an appointment.

NOTE: Any action that affects your overall estate plans should be discussed with your professional advisors.