Business Partnerships

How’s it work?

Business partnerships represent one-year commitments to support general operating needs, programs, temporary exhibits, special events and collections. Business partners who choose to designate their support toward a specific purpose will be recognized in related print, digital and gallery promotions. Because the Museum is a fully independent community-supported nonprofit organization, business partnerships represent a tax-deductible investment. SCMNH Tax ID 94-2427733.

Why join?

The Museum is experiencing an exciting period of growth and evolution as we fulfill our mission to connect people with nature and inspire stewardship of the natural world. From 2015-2017, memberships grew 18% and general attendance increased 17%. As a fully independent nonprofit, the Museum relies on community support to fund education programs, exhibits, public programs and new initiatives.

Levels of support

$250+ The Bobcat Club
Sponsorship of three consecutive regular events
Naturalist Nights • Walks and Workshops

$500+ The Egret Club
Sponsorship of a premier education or public program
One Rio Theatre Speaker event • Summer Kick-Off Festival • Art of Nature Exhibit • Summer Art Series • Spring or Summer Camps • Fall Special Exhibit

$1,000+ The Coyote Club
Sponsorship of two premier public programs
Rio Theatre Speaker Series • Summer Kick-Off Festival •
Art of Nature Exhibit • Summer Art Series •
Spring or Summer Camps • Fall Special Exhibit

$5,000+ The Grey Whale Club
Sponsorship of an entire program or initiative
School programs at the Museum • Field school programs at Neary Lagoon and Pogonip • Complete Naturalist Night Series • The Fossil Dig Pit The Museum’s Native Garden • Collections

Additional Benefits (All Levels)

• Recognition on the Museum’s website
• Invitation to annual Patrons Reception
• Admission to VIP events throughout the year
• Tickets to your sponsored events and programs
• Free Museum guest passes

In-Kind Sponsorships

The Museum also welcomes in-kind contributions of goods and services from businesses to support programs, events and fundraising efforts.

Join us

See our current list of business partners and contact us about signing up. If you have any questions, please contact Community Relations Manager J.M. Brown at or 831-420-6115, ext. 16.