How You Can Help

There are many great ways to get involved with the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara:

By becoming a Friend of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Inc. you help:


  • Educational initiatives and free programming for children
  • Free family-friendly events
  • Cultural and literary resources.


    • The park’s unique artifacts, irreplicable landscapes and exceptional trails.


        • Lillian Sandburg’s goat herd
        • Bygone gardens and panoramas
        • Historic buildings.

            AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Friends every time you shop, at no cost to you! Operated by Amazon, 0.5% of your eligible Amazon purchases is donated to the Friends whenever you shop. You do have to register and list the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara as you chosen charity.  And then you shop at  Same prices, same service, just a big help to the Friends.  Here is the link to register. 

              Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site children at goat barn

              We are always looking for people who want to use their talents and time to help. Some of the different ways to volunteer are:

              • Participate on a committee or work at an event held by the Friends of Carl Sandburg.
              • Serve as a member of the Board of Directors, Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Inc.
              • Contact the Park Volunteer Coordinator at 828-693-4178 to learn more about volunteering in the park.

              Some of these opportunities mean a little bit of time occasionally. Others may be bigger or longer-term commitments.  Interested in helping out? Email us at to learn more.

                Have a friend who has done something special or is just special themself? Are you going to celebrate a birthday, a holiday, a graduation? Any occasion is a great time to send a gift to the Friends. We’ll send a card to the honoree sharing your kind gift (dollar amount not included). A tax receipt will be sent to you. Please note that cards sent to the honoree may take up to 10 business days to process, so please plan ahead for time-sensitive gifts. Click here to learn more.

                  A memorial gift to the Friends is a thoughtful and lasting tribute to a friend or loved one who perhaps admired Carl Sandburg or enjoyed visiting Connemara. We can send a memorial card to a surviving family member sharing your kind gift (dollar amount not included). Your tax receipt will be sent directly to you. Click here to learn more. 

                    Carl Sandburg and Lillian Sandburg

                    Consider leaving a gift to the Friends in your will or estate plan. Your planned giving becomes an important legacy for the future of the park. Contact for more information.