Como Friends Supporters of Como Zoo & Conservatory have played a pivotal role over the years through donations made to Como Friends, a nonprofit dedicated to improving and maintaining one of the largest free-of-cost destinations of its kind. In 2013, donations were key to the construction of The Ordway Gardens and Gorilla Forest, two additions to Como Zoo & Conservatory that provide even more spectacular views of nature and wildlife for students, researchers, and other visitors. Saint Paul Parks Conservancy Working in partnership with many community organizations, the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy secures private financial support for parks-related projects throughout the community. The Conservancy's programs offer citizens the chance to contribute directly to major initiatives—the creation of a destination garden or recreational facility—as well as opportunities to support a particular park, trail, or program close to their heart. Trees Saint Paul Donations Trees offer countless benefits to humans and the ecosystem through the provision of shade on a hot sunny day or through anchoring massive amounts of soil to the earth, among others. Trees Saint Paul is a donation program created by Saint Paul Parks and Recreation to help maintain and improve Saint Paul’s beautiful urban landscape by planting trees.