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The George Wright Society is an international community of professionals, practitioners, and citizen-enthusiasts who care passionately about the scientific and heritage values of parks, protected areas, and cultural sites.

With hundreds of GWS members around the world, our society represents nearly all 50 states in the U.S. and numerous countries. The society's membership features numerous national and international leaders in natural and cultural resource management including park staff, retired professionals, Indigenous peoples, researchers, students and professors, educators, government agencies, nonprofits and outdoor enthusiasts. Join today to be the first to find out about our events and trainings, publications, communication platforms and student summits.


Membership in the George Wright Society is open to anyone who shares our goals. Be part of the global connection to conservation!

Who Are Our Members?

  • Protected area institutions and personnel. Those who have formal and legal responsibilities for managing protected areas including official government bodies and their employees.

  • Landscape and seascape stewards. A wide range of people engaged in managing or advocating for protected areas.

  • Citizen leaders. Individuals, entities or groups whose policies, decisions, attitudes, political will, championing, and activities influence capacity development and the management of protected areas. 

Membership Benefits

  • Access to a global network of professionals and visionaries in protected areas management. 

  • ​Priority access to the our new journal, Parks Stewardship Forum.

  • Discounts on registration fees for GWS conferences, trainings, and workshops. 

  • Institutional Members can designate up to 3 people to attend the GWS conferences, trainings, and workshops at the discount rate.

  • Unlimited access to the GWS office for inquiries and requests for assistance. We are here to help point you in the right direction!

Membership Options

  • Regular Membership for Individuals: US$60 for the calendar year. 

  • Two-year Regular Memberships are available at a substantial discount: $100 for two years.

  • Institutional Membership: US$115 for the calendar year.

  • Supporting Member: US$150 for the calendar year.

  • Patron: US$500 (and up) for the calendar year.

  • Student Membership: US$25 for the calendar year. (Full-time students only.)

Note: Memberships run with the calendar year. New members joining during the last quarter of the year are enrolled as members through the following year at no extra charge.

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