Help us Make an App for That!
Please donate to help fund our NEW WIld Horse Identification App.
(click here for more info)

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 AIA would like to acknowledge and thank Lifetime Member Laurel Balanda

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


2015 eBay Foal Naming Auction Sets New Record!

(click here to see the winning bid!)

Check out the WINNING BIDS for the four 2016 eBay Auctions!


Unmarked sorrel colt, born 04.18.16


Pinto bay colt, born 04.28.16


Chestnut/sorrel filly born 08.01.16


N10T-JO (pinto sorrel colt, born 09.27.16


Upcoming Events

Burley Oak Charity Night for AIA
March 27, 2017   6:00-9:00 pm

@ Burley Oak Brewing Company, Berlin, MD.
Make your Monday memorable and come out for a fresh Burley Oak
brew or rootbeer to support AIA.  Win awesome prizes and enjoy
stellar live music thanks to the talents of Michelle and Kathy from
Full Circle! This is always a fun night!  All funds raised by AIA are for
the direct benefit a of Assateague Island National Seashore.

Archaeology and History of Sinepuxent Neck
April 1, 2017   1:00 pm (refreshments at 12:30 pm)

Discover the rich history of these areas through the perspective
of Aaron Levinthal, Maryland Environmental Service archaeologist.
His presentation will include a slideshow followed by a walking tour
of the Rackliffe House and grounds highlighting the results of
archaeological investigations that have occurred in the vicinity.
Meet at the Environmental Education Center 7206 National
Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD 21811.

Assateague Nature Photography Workshop
with  Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

April 21-23, 2017   Friday 7 pm-Sunday 2 pm (waitlist only)

Sept. 29-Oct. 1  Friday 7pm-Sunday 2pm  Registration now open

This 3-day Nature Photography 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.  Fee.
More Information        Online Registration        Registration Print PDF

Make a Difference Monday
November 6, 2017   3:00-8:00 pm

@ Fins Alehouse and Raw Bar 119 N. Main St. Berlin, MD.
FINS donates 20% of all Happy Hour sales to AIA!  Come out
and enjoy delicious food and drink specials to benefit
Assateague Island National Seashore!

Assateague Paint Party
May 11, 2017   5:00-7:00 pm (refreshments at 12:30 pm)

Join local artist Dawn Tarr to paint this Assateague sunset scene on an 18x11” board. All supplies and materials will be provided to create your very own beachy piece of artwork. Proceeds will benefit Assateague Island Alliance, the nonprofit friends group of Assateague Island National Seashore. Only 20 tickets will be sold so grab your tickets now!  $45, AIA members receive a 10% discount.  Get all the details and reserve your space today.
More Information & Registration

2017 Winter & Spring Events


410-629-6095  /  443-614-3547


Membership Director

Assateague Island Alliance

7206 National Seashore Lane

Berlin, MD 21811


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