What is the purpose of a Friends Group?


The most successful National Parks are supported by an active non-profit "Friends Group" and/or a dedicated "Cooperating Association" that work in partnership with the National Park Service to advance the mission of a specific park unit. Until January of 2008, Assateague Island National Seashore lacked a dedicated friends group with the sole purpose of encouraging the scientific, educational, interpretive, preservation, recreational, and management objectives of Assateague Island National Seashore.

Our History

The Assateague Island Alliance was formed January 1, 2008 in order to support Assateague Island National Seashore and its goal to provide enjoyment and hands-on learning experiences for millions of visitors.

Our Mission

The AIA was created to benefit Assateague Island National Seashore by supporting interpretive, educational and scientific programs and assuring stewardship, restoration and preservation of our land, water, living resources and historical sites while balancing high quality resource-compatible recreation.

Make a difference...

Become a member.

Help preserve one of our most valuable natural resources.
Use the "Buy Now" button or print and mail our PDF application.

Member Benefits

A gift from Assateague Island Alliance based on membership level and an AIA logo vehicle cling

15% discount at the Assateague Island Visitor Center and 10% discount at AIA online store and AIA fee programs

10% discount at the Beach Hut (excluding consignment items)

Monthly e-newsletter of upcoming events, activities, and special projects

Email notification about special events

The opportunity to improve the type and quality of services and recreational facilities

The ability to directly and positively shape the future of Assateague's natural resources

The satisfaction of making a difference and creating a legacy of care

The opportunity to join others in ensuring Assateague is protected for generations

The opportunity to help wildlife and their habitat through direct support of innovative research and education

The satisfaction of knowing you are helping to protect the wild horses of Assateague

Individual $30          Family $45          Lifetime Membership $1,000

(donations above $45 also appreciated)

mail-in member PDF application

This month the AIA would like to acknowledge and thank Lifetime Member Robert Beideman

Donate to help preserve Assateague Island

Your generous contribution is needed to help maintain
our valuable natural resources.

We need your help

 We are always in need of volunteers to help with programs and events. Any time you can spare will
be greatly appreciated. Please contact us today.

Volunteer Sign Up Form


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Upcoming Events

NEW!  Assateague Nature Sketching and Journaling Workshop
with Nancy Thompson  
June 7-9  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Yoga on the Beach   8:00 am – 9:00 am
Tuesdays (June through August) & Saturdays (June through September)


Full Moon Yoga   June 20, July 19, Aug 18  8:30 pm, Sept 16  8:00 pm


Monarch Buterfly Ecology and Tagging Demo   September 17  Refreshments 12:30 pm  Event begins at 1:00 pm


Assateague Nature Photography Workshop
with  Irene Hinke-Sacilotto  
September 30 – October 2
Friday  7:00 pm   –   Sunday 2:00 pm

This 3-day workshop, limited to 10, will utilize Assateague for photography fieldwork. Focus on strategies and techniques required to produce high quality wildlife images while capturing moments in nature.

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Plein Air Workshop: Painting Horses from Life
Oct 28 – 30  9:00 am – 5:00

Fine Artist, Karen McLain will lead participants through various techniques for painting the horse quickly and fluidly from life and discuss challenges of painting a moving subject in changing light while coping with the problems inherent in painting outdoors.

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Membership Director

Assateague Island Alliance

7206 National Seashore Lane

Berlin, MD 21811


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Email: info@assateagueislandalliance.org

Phone: 410-629-6095
Post: 7206 National Seashore Lane Berlin, MD 21811

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