Join

The Partnership for the National Trails System offers several ways for organizations and individuals to get involved and support our work, including applying to become a member. Join us today!

Regular Organization Members of the PNTS are organizations that exist and have as their mission or purpose to develop, protect, interpret, and sustain one or more national scenic or historic trail. They usually are the primary long-term private sector partners of the Federal agencies in the ongoing management of one or more national scenic or historic trail.

Affiliate Organization Members of the PNTS are organizations that support the work of the PNTS or support some sort of management, advocacy, or other work that helps sustain portions of one or more national scenic or historic trails. They usually have either a broader mission or focus than just the National Trails System or their area of activity encompasses only part of a national scenic or historic trail.

Coming soon: Individuals and business entities may financially support the work of the Partnership for the National Trails System by becoming supporters or sponsors.

Affiliate Membership

Affiliate members support the national scenic and historic trails by working collaboratively with the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS). There is an application process for each of the three categories of affiliate membership:

Organizational Affiliates

Affiliate membership is open to organizations that meet one or more of the following criteria but do not meet the requirements for regular membership in PNTS:

a. Organizations that collaborate with PNTS on national issues or projects benefiting the National Trails System.

b. Organizations that support and promote one or more of the national scenic or historic trails in the National Trails System as a substantial part of their mission.

c. Organizations whose purpose is to support a trail that is seeking designation as a national scenic or historic trail.

Agency Affiliates

Affiliate membership is open to State, Local, and Tribal agencies that provide substantial support for one or more of the national scenic or historic trails in the National Trails System.

Individual Professional Affiliates

Affiliate membership is open to individuals with specialized expertise in one or more fields related to the work of the PNTS who support the work of the PNTS by volunteering their services.

Benefits of Affiliate Membership

  • Pathways magazine free to organization leaders (1 hard copy and via web)
  • Monthly webinars free to organization members (1 per organization)
  • Participation in PNTS committees
  • Reduced fees for conferences and workshops* ($25 discount, max 1)
  • Inclusion in PNTS advocacy work

* effective January 1, 2019

How to Apply

To apply for an affiliate membership (minimum fee of $250*), you may choose to fill out this online form or complete this downloadable form and email to admin@pnts.org or mail to Partnership for the National Trails System, 304 E. Wilson St. LL, Madison, WI 53703.

* Submission of an application does not represent acceptance. Applications will be reviewed and voted upon by the PNTS Trail Leaders Council in no more than 120 days. Do not include payment with this application.