DARK STAR WILDLIFE CENTER

Pengilly, MN   |  www.darkstarwildlife.org

Mission

Bringing the Wild and Kids together! Our goals have evolved into offering educational programs for kids and fun adventurre in nature. We emphasize educating children about the importance of wildlife safety, habitat preservation, wilderness awareness, and our ability to co-exist with MN wildlife. Learning throgh our Ambassador animals. We strive in, Kids exploring in nature the ability to learn and discover with minimum guidence , have fun adventures in nature without being instructed of what to do. We leave No Child left out! Offering free of charge to all we do here with kids, to low-income and veterans families. Kids don't need new toys . they need to have fun in nature! • Dream, Discover, Fun Adventures in Nature • Sense of Belonging • Self-Confidence • Friendship & Social Skills

Ruling year info

2015

President/Founder

Jody Ann Benolken

Main address

18743 County Road 12

Pengilly, MN 55775 USA

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EIN

46-5112819

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education of children in wildlife and nature

A variety of adventure activities in nature, learning of our native wildlife, what to do if they find orphaned or injured wildlife, why wildlife do not make good pets, nature walks, exploring the outdoors, summer camp, nature crafts, wildlife tracks, wildlife habitats, Family camp, and more

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Where we work

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Financials

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Operations

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DARK STAR WILDLIFE CENTER

Board of directors
as of 11/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Shanell Chiravelle


Board co-chair

Ashley Benolken

Sue Grooms

Caitlin Rickey

St. Goarges University

Gina Smith

Lisa Koprivech

Lorriane Hassel

Natures Pottery Owner

Randy Smith

John Grooms

Delta Airlines

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No