Ways to Support CREA

The Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA) connects people with nature to improve the well being of both. Your membership funds stay local and support environmental education for all generations in Midcoast Maine, including hands-on, nature-based science education for many students in SAD 75, Brunswick, and other school districts.


If CREA school, camp, and community programs have enriched your life or the lives of family and friends, please consider paying it forward by supporting this work. CREA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your contributions are tax deductible. Ways to give include:

Become a member 

Your membership gift will support all CREA programs.  Give a gift membership to someone who shares your passion for connecting people to nature and its wonders.


“I support CREA because I’ve seen first-hand how it makes a difference in children’s lives. CREA’s summer camps have particular meaning for me. My grandson, Alex, was a camper for three years and returned every day with stories about outings to the Cathance River and vernal pools, outdoor games, and indoor fun at the Ecology Center. His stories were inspiring and piqued my interest in frogs, salamanders, and fairy shrimp. He enjoyed camp so much.

When he reached high school age, he became a counselor-in-training (CIT).  During his two years as a CIT, he became much more confident. When I asked what he most appreciated about his two years as a CIT, he replied without hesitation, “learning better communication skills”.  

Alex’s CREA experience continues to serve him well and influence his actions.  He is going to college next year, and colleges that offer Environmental Studies are at the top of his list. A perfect fit!

I support CREA for the opportunity it has given Alex, and hundreds of other children, to understand and appreciate the importance of our natural resources, and to find joy in the process.”

                                                                                             – CREA Donor Valerie Chow

Donate tax-free from your IRA or retirement account

You can increase your impact by donating directly to CREA, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, from your retirement account. All you need is CREA’s tax ID number: 01-0538224.


Let your legacy be a gift that brings the joy and wonder of hands-on, nature-based education to children of all ages, and adults. Your bequest can inspire upcoming generations to steward the natural world into the future.  CREA does a lot with a little, so every bequest makes so much possible. Contact Caroline at or 207-331-3202 for more information about how your bequest to CREA can be part of your legacy to future generations.

Employer match

Businesses and corporations often welcome the chance to match employee contributions. Check with your employer to see if this is an option at your workplace.

Donate stock

We welcome gifts of stock. Contact us and we will send you the necessary information that makes this process as easy as writing a check.

Donor-advised funds

Charles Schwab, Vanguard, and several other providers make starting a donor-advised fund easy. These programs give donors the advantage of a year-end charitable deduction and the ongoing ability to recommend recipient organizations.

Amazon Smile purchases

By selecting CREA from AmazonSmile (regular or Prime) program, Amazon will donate 0.5% of all of your purchases to CREA. 

For more details about any of these options, email us at