Business Partners

BUSINESS PARTNERS For a Greener Community

Thank you for your interest in partnering with Schiff Nature Preserve! Schiff relies on strategic partnerships with local businesses and large corporations that are invested in Morris County, NJ, to protect and preserve the open space that attracts visitors who want to shop and eat in our rural environment and appeals to professionals and families who want to make this area their home.

Financial and volunteer support from our business partners helps us serve as good stewards of these natural lands, protecting the air and water quality, and preserving the native plant and wildlife habitats for generations to come. Your funds help us conduct prescribed burns, repair storm damage and keep our trails clear for hikers, runners, dog walkers, horseback riders and others who enjoy spending time outdoors.

Studies show that employees prefer to work for companies invested in charitable causes, especially when they are local. Schiff’s Volunteer Workdays are a terrific way to meet that need at a relatively low cost, and provide many benefits:

  • Team building opportunities
  • Increased connection to the land where we live, work and play
  • Shared experiences that enrich your office culture
  • Much needed “people power” to maintain our trails, remove invasive plant species, and enhance our visitor experience

For additional information on the benefits of volunteerism for employers and employees, take a look at this in-depth article from America’s Charities or this one from Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Let's Work Together!

At any of our 5 giving levels, you will enjoy knowing that your donation dollars and/or employee volunteer efforts are working locally to support this treasured natural resource.

Business Membership Levels

To become a Business Partner for a Greener Community, simply download our brochure here , complete the form and return it to us with your payment. Our Executive Director, Dorian von Aulock will reach out to arrange delivery of benefits and to schedule your Volunteer Workday.

Schiff Nature Preserve Business Membership
Pictured above: (left) Boards members at work on the trails; (center) Johnson and Johnson legal department employees clearing brush, widening trails, and laying mulch at Mt. Paul Preserve in Chester; (right) Gladstone Bank Mendham branch employees with board members Alex Battey and Alan Weinstein and Land Steward Josh Del Rio after completing spring clean up in the Native Garden and planting saplings in the Great Meadow at Schiff Nature Preserve

FAQ

Do our employees need prior landscaping or construction experience?
No, but much of the work we do does require walking for long distances on uneven terrain, lifting of 30 pounds or more, the use of hand tools and wheel barrels, and shovels/rakes.

How should we dress?
Please come dressed in weather appropriate clothes and wear hard toed shoes. It is recommended that you apply sunscreen and insect repellent of your choice.

How do we protect ourselves against ticks?
We highly recommend that our visitors and volunteers follow the standard safety precautions as outlined by the CDC on their website (click here).

Do our employees need to bring their own tools or gloves?
No, we will provide both. If you prefer your own gloves, feel free to bring them.

Are there bathrooms?
Our bathrooms are located in our Nature Center in the main parking area. Depending on the location of the project, the bathroom could be a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute drive.

Should we bring water and food?
Please bring refillable water bottles. We will provide water. Depending on the time of day, you may want to bring snacks for the group.

Are we going to play any team building games?
We do not facilitate team building games, but you are welcome to do so. We feel that the time spent working together will provide you with a high quality team building experience. See this article from the Help Guide for more.

How can we continue to support Schiff once we leave?
We welcome your continued participation in several ways: individuals may join as a member, become a donor, or continue to a volunteer on the preserve. We also encourage volunteers to come back with friends and family to hike our trials and enjoy our range of programs.

Questions? Comments? More Information?
Contact: Dorian von Aulock, Executive Director

OUR PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

Thank you to our Business Partners for a Greener Community who are helping to protect and preserve the open space here in the Mendhams and Chester, NJ:

Peapack-Gladstone Bank