Sponsorship Opportunities

The Gathering Partners annual conference brings together people from all corners of Minnesota to learn about our state's natural resources. The conference is hosted jointly by University of Minnesota Extension program staff from the Minnesota Master Naturalist, Invasive Species, Forestry and Citizen Science programs. You can learn more about the work we do across the state by visiting z.umn.edu/ExtVolunteer.

Reach your target audience

Each year our conference welcomes Minnesota Master Naturalist and AIS Detectors volunteers, instructors, the Minnesota Phenology Network, woodland owners, citizen science volunteers, and others interested in the outdoors and Minnesota’s natural resources. Our attendees love spending time outdoors and devote their time to enhance and protect Minnesota’s natural resources. We expect to have 200 attendees join us in Red Wing in 2022.

Benefits of being a sponsor

Your sponsorship helps us deliver high-value natural resources education to hundreds of Minnesotans and supports volunteer programs that contribute thousands of hours to benefit Minnesota’s natural resources annually. You will also receive recognition and complimentary registration to attend the full conference! Just complete the conference sponsorship confirmation form and submit following the form instructions.

For more information

If you would like more information about conference sponsorships or have questions about the conference in general, please contact Amy Rager, Extension Educator at [email protected] or 320-226-7413.

Sponsorship levels

Specific benefits for individual sponsor levels are detailed below. All sponsorships can be recorded as tax-deductible charitable contributions through the University of Minnesota Foundation.

10,000 LAKES SPONSOR | $5,000+
Receives recognition at banquet/awards program, mention on social media, logo and link on the conference webpage, and complimentary full conference registration for four (4) attendees. Note that $620 of the 10,000 Lakes Sponsor Level is not tax-deductible.

LADY SLIPPER SPONSOR | $2,500–$4,999
Receives recognition prior to conference keynote, mention on social media, logo and link on the conference webpage, and complimentary full conference registration for two (2) attendees. Note that $310 of the Lady Slipper Sponsor Level is not tax-deductible.

LOON SPONSOR | $2,000–$2,499
Receives recognition at one of the conference breakout sessions, mention on social media, logo and link on the conference webpage, and complimentary full conference registration for two (2) attendees. Note that $310 of the Loon Sponsor Level is not tax-deductible.

WALLEYE SPONSOR | $1,000–$1,999
Receives mention on social media, logo and link on the conference webpage, and complimentary full conference registration for two (2) attendees. Note that $310 of the Walleye Sponsor Level is not tax-deductible.

MONARCH SPONSOR | $500–$999
Receives mention on social media, logo and link on the conference webpage, and complimentary full conference registration for one (1) attendee. Note that $155 of the Monarch Sponsor Level is not tax-deductible.

NOTE: Sponsorship registration must be received by May 6, 2022 in order to receive complimentary registration(s).