Conference Support

Support the Conference!

Become a Sponsor, Exhibitor or Endorsing Organization

The Gathering Partners annual conference brings together people from all corners of Minnesota to learn about our state's natural resources. Each year our conference welcomes Minnesota Master Naturalist and AIS Detectors volunteers, instructors, the Minnesota Phenology Network, woodland owners, citizen science volunteers.

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

Your support 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. 

Join the Exhibitor Resource Fair

Conference supporters are offered a  table at the Saturday night exhibitor fair located at the Arboretum Red Barn. Does your business or organization value MN natural resources and have something to share with attendees? Exhibit space is limited.  Exhibitors must be approved.  More details will be sent after application is submitted. 

Do you have a Silent Auction Item to Donate?

The Conference Silent Auction will take place at the Arboretum on Saturday and Sunday. More information about item drop-off  to come. Please fill out this form. 

You can also choose to make an easy online direct donation

This fund supports Gathering Partners, a conference for friends of Minnesota's natural resources. 

For additional information about sponsoring, endorsing or exhibiting at The Gathering Partners Conference contact us