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Join the Public Lands Alliance

Our Members

Public Lands Alliance Members are existing or emerging 501(c)(3) nonprofits that partner with federal, state and local land management agencies to protect and preserve our nation's parks, forests, refuges and heritage areas. Together, they generate over $150 million in grants, programs and contributions on more than 500 public lands sites and they serve as a backbone for keeping our nation's special places enjoyable and protected. 

Our members are:

  • Cooperating associations developing and retailing interpretive publications and products.
  • Friends groups and foundations raising philanthropic funds and advocating for our public lands.
  • Educational partners managing field institutes and residential learning programs.
  • Nonprofits supporting public land stewardship through volunteer and youth engagement programs.

Benefits of Membership

Public Lands Alliance Members receive discounts and benefits throughout the year, including but not limited to:

  • Representation on public lands issues in Washington, D.C. with policy makers and legislators
  • Over 20% discount on staff and board member registration for our annual Convention and Trade Show
  • Access to Connected Communities - an online platform that connects members and shares resources
  • Ongoing education and training programs for staff and board members with access to videos in the Resource Library
  • Access to comprehensive and discounted insurance through MDP Programs
  • Access to our reciprocal discount program (for organizations with retail sales outlets)
  • Eligibility for scholarships at our events
Click here for a full list of member benefits.

Membership Categories and Pricing

Choose the membership category that best fits your organization:

  • Public Lands Partner
    Cooperating associations, friends groups, foundations, educational partners and other nonprofits that support public lands and the enrichment of their visitors. Membership dues are based on your organization's adjusted gross revenue minus restricted funds that are not available for operations. Click here for our membership dues chart.
  • Emerging Public Lands Partner
    Organizations in the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status or an agency partnership agreement. Membership dues are $100 per year.
  • Nonprofit Ally
    National organizations that support the public lands community but are not affiliated with a particular park, forest, refuge or other public land. Membership dues are $1,500 per year.

Become a Member

You can also download the membership application and apply by mail. 




Become a Member

The Public Lands Alliance is the only national organization created by and for nonprofit organizations whose missions are to preserve and protect all of America’s public lands and enhance the experience of their visitors.

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Member Benefits

View the full list here to see the value of your membership.



Member Map

See where our members are located across the nation.


Reciprocal Discount Program

If you're a member of one of your favorite public land sites, you may be eligible for discounts at sites across the nation! Click here to learn more.



Member Spotlight

Each month, we interview a member to promote the great work they do on public lands. Take a look at some of our past Member Spotlights to learn more.


Questions about Membership?

Contact us and a member of our team will get you the answers you need.