FAQs

What is the purpose of a Friends Group?
The most successful National Parks are supporting by an active nonprofit Friends Group and or a dedicated cooperative 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 partnering organization with the sole purpose of encouraging the interpretive, educational, scientific, and management objectives of the National Seashore.
What is the Foster Horse Program?
The Foster A Horse Program was crated in an effort to preserve one of America's most loved wildlife treasures.  To learn more about the program, please click here!
What does my donation support?
All funds raised by Assateague Island Alliance directly benefit Assateague Island National Seashore.  AIA provides supplies, services and materials to operate and manage the following programs: Foster Horse program which helps fund the wild horse management program and includes genetic testing, pregnancy testing, educational outreach as well as administering pzp.  In 2018, AIA offered 27 health and wellness programs to enhance the National Park Service’s call to action campaign to increase those opportunities for visitors in National Parks.  In addition AIA provided 16 Lifelong Learning programs, the Assateague Artist is Residence program and 4 Artists Workshops.  We are so very grateful for all donations, big and small, that allow us to continue to grow the great work we do.   In the fall of 2017 AIA and the National Seashore launched "A Fed Horse is a Dead Horse" A project to protect Assateague's wild horses that includes three strategies to keep human and pet food inaccessible to horses.  The three strategies include replacing all picnic tables with tables that house horse proof boxes, purchase and distribution cooler straps to visitors, and an interpretive rack card educating visitors of the dangers of allowing horses to access any food that is not the their natural forage.  In 2018 AIA was awarded the 2019 Non-capital match grant through the Maryland Heritage Area Authority in the amount of $50,000 for "A Fed Horse is a Dead Horse" and since 2016 the majority of our fundraising efforts have been working toward matching their $50,000 contribution.  This is a huge accomplishment for our small organization!  Cooler straps were purchased in January 2019, Picnic table frames were purchased and delivered in June 2019 for construction this summer.  Cooler box supplies and materials are to follow as funding allows.  The project completion date is December 31, 2019.   In addition, each year the National Park Service presents AIA with a wish list of supplies, programs and equipment and AIA attempts to respond accordingly through either direct purchase or an appropriate donation to Assateague Island National Seashore.   Funds donated to the Foster Horse program will help to maintain a healthy horse population and preserve their naturally social behaviors. To learn more about the program, please click here!
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