Donations and Memorials


Friends of Wood Lake General Donations 

Wood Lake needs your support! If you are able, consider a donation to the Friends of Wood Lake.  The funds donated help us provide a variety of critical needs at Wood Lake including environmental education programs, program equipment, and habitat work.

Donate online

Wood Lake Endowment Treetree

The endowment tree has been set up so that people can commemorate someone with a gift that keeps on giving. Buying a leaf means that the interest can be spent year after year to benefit the park and all of its endeavors. It will be engraved and can honor a loved one, celebrate a special occasion, or can simply be a donation.

Money donated to purchase a leaf will go into the endowment fund set up by FOWL. The interest earned on the principle will be spent on projects to benefit the nature center and its goal of providing quality environmental education and leisure experiences for the community. The money can never go toward any other City of Richfield facility or service.

Donation Levels:
  • Bronze leaves $250
  • Silver leaves $500
  • Gold leaves $1000
  • Rocks $2000 and up
Endowment Tree Application

Wood Lake Gateway Garden Tree

WLNC Gateway Garden Tree

WLNC Gateway Garden Leaf

The Gateway Garden was created to make the entry to Wood Lake come alive.  The flowers, water feature, benches and picnic tables all create a comforting and soothing place to rest, converse, or wind through on your way into the park. 

Memorial leaves are available to honor your loved ones. The Gateway Tree is located in the front of the nature center in the Gateway Garden Shelter.  Each memorial leaf is $250 and is a tax deductible donation to Wood Lake. This memorial donation will provide funding to continue managing and improving the beautiful gateway gardens, assist in developing educational programs, and research projects while giving your loved ones a lasting remembrance at Wood Lake. Please contact Paul Smithson via email or at 612-861-9366 with any questions.

Gateway Garden Application

Memorial Benches

The trails of Wood Lake have several benches.  These benches serve as a place to rest on your walk but more importantly are a memorial and celebration of people who hold Wood Lake dear. There are several locations in the park where additional benches can be placed. The full installation price of a bench is $1750 including a bronze plate with inscription.  Plaque dimensions are 2" x 10".

Please contact Paul Smithson via email or at 612-861-9366 with any questions.

WLNC Memorial Bench

 WLNC Memorial Bench Close Up