Earthshine Nature Programs (ENP) is a 100% donation-funded and volunteer-operated (501c3) nonprofit organization. 


Your support makes it all possible!

If you would like to donate directly to ENP  to provide support for the continued operation of our wildlife conservation, rehabilitation, and education programs, as well as our nature and science outreach education efforts, and the operation of the ENP/Trails Science and Nature Center--



There are several ways to support us.


You may support us through direct donations of funds and supplies. If you would like to directly support us with a monetary donation there are several ways to do so. 




You may donate to us by clicking on the PayPal link below or you may simply contact us for our mailing address at:

NOTE: If you would like to earmark your donation to a specific area of need please visit our Classroom Solar Project page on GoFundMe linked below or see our wish list lower on this page for more information on our current needs.

We welcome your support in keeping our unique programming alive – especially recently with the pandemic greatly reducing our nonprofit income.

There are many more ways you can choose to help us make our programs a reality.  

Go Fund Me

We have an ongoing GoFundMe campaign where you may donate to our classroom solar project and more – visit it at


Volunteer with us

(after the pandemic)

You may opt to donate time and energy by volunteering at our Science and Nature Center classroom – we always have loads of projects from working in the garden, cleaning animal habitats, yard work, volunteering at public events and festivals (when those happen again), etc. so if you like to get your hands dirty for a good cause then just contact us at or call Steve at (828) 606-8939 to set up a time to give us a hand around the classroom/farm (after the pandemic).  


Our Wish List

Our current biggest needs are as follows:


Item # 1 - A Mini Camper. 

For 2020 and beyond, one of our newest and most unique needs is a small lightweight, mini-camper.   Due to the pandemic making us unable to safely present our outreach programming in a traditional indoor classroom setting, we are exploring new ways of conducting programming outside the classroom.  Therefore, we have decided to work to create a mobile, self-contained, nature, wildlife, science, energy, and environmental outreach classroom similar in layout to the schematic below. The final design will be dictated by the configuration of the mini-camper we acquire. 
















































To make this idea a reality for our programming we are looking for a lightweight, hardshell, mini-camper to use as the framework for our unique mobile classroom.  Once we find a camper we will outfit it with animal habitats for our education animals,  a microscope station, field guide library, shade/weather awnings, flat-screen monitors, and solar modules (panels), and a micro-wind turbine on the roof to power everything with clean energy.  A mini-camper donation of any size or age will be considered but our preference would be one we could pull behind our outreach EV such as our first choice - the ProLite Plus S...


...or the smallest versions of the SunLite, Scamp, Casita, Lil Snoozy, Happier Camper, Armadillo, or MeerKat mini-campers similar to the unit pictured below.














Please let us know if you would like to assist us with this project - or even if you have one of these or a similar unit that is sitting in your driveway or yard just taking up space – please consider donating it to ENP and we will be sure to put it to good use as a roving outreach education classroom that will benefit all of our outreach program participants on the road at schools, camps, festivals, and all of our Trails Carolina and Trails Momentum students.

Item #2: Compound Microscope

This scope will be connected to our classroom's presentation monitor (and one day it will also be used in our future - mobile, self-contained, nature, energy, and environmental outreach classroom).  It will allow the entire class to view what it is viewing. It will open up the microscopic world to our students in a very interactive way that will stimulate curiosity and plant some seeds of inquiry and discovery. 

Find this microscope on Amazon via this link.
























More Great Ways To Support Us


 Support Us Through Amazon

You may access our Amazon wish list by searching for the Earthshine Nature Programs Wish List on Amazon or by visiting this tinyURL link:    

Another easy way to support us is through Amazon Smile donations. Simply visit: and sign up to support Earthshine Nature Programs.  Then, every time you make a purchase on Amazon using your account, a portion of Amazon’s profits will be donated to ENP at no cost to you!  

The Legacy Gift

A new way to support us is with a Legacy Gift.  This is a gift from you to Earthshine Nature Programs when you pass.  It could be monetary, land, or even a vehicle donation. 

If you choose a monetary donation you could leave it as a general gift we would then be able to use where it was most needed, or you could assign a specific use to it such as education, habitat construction, or special projects such as the completion of Phase Three of our Classroom Solar Array Project or our Nature Preserve project. 

If a land donation, and if the parcel has useable structures upon it, we may opt to use the structures to expand our outreach programming or simply sell it to support our organization.  If the land is undeveloped and valuable as wildlife habitat we may choose to preserve the land in your name (if you so choose) as a conservation easement and, if close to our area of operations, it would become an educational study site for our outreach programming and wildlife conservation activities - see the details of our nature preserve project on the Big Dream page.

If you choose to donate a vehicle we would either choose to sell it to raise funds to support our organization or, if your vehicle is 100% electric such as a Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan Leaf, or Tesla, it would be very useful to us so we may choose to put it into service as a company vehicle and use it in our wildlife rescue, renewable energy, and electric vehicle outreach education programming in the local and regional communities.


Either way, your choice to make your Legacy Gift to Earthshine Nature Programs would have a lasting and valuable impact upon our ability to bring our nature, wildlife conservation, renewable energy, and science literacy messages to the hundreds of young naturalists, scientists, and thinkers we encounter each year via our outreach programming and through our partnership with Trails Carolina and Trails Momentum where Steve works as a naturalist. 


                                             Yes, it really is that easy to support us!                                                                            



Without your continued support, Earthshine Nature Programs would not function.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation of any size, end-of-the-year donation, legacy, or land gift to us now and in the future. 


Earthshine Nature Programs is a 501c3, donation-funded, volunteer-owned and operated, wildlife conservation and rehabilitation, environmental stewardship, and science education charity organization.

If you would like a receipt of your donation for tax purposes, please note it along with your mailing address and we will promptly mail you a receipt.  

If you have questions about donations and/or need our mailing address please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help. 

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One way our mobile classroom could look


Steve O'Neil , Naturalist and Executive Director ENP

Earthshine nature programs