Your generous contributions are needed to help maintain our pristine natural resources of Assateague Island National Seashore; the valuable landscape, dynamic ecosystems and the precious inhabitants, for this and future generations.
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 in 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 of 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 and 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.
Make a General Donation to help to fund various programs throughout the park.
Contribute to our most recent project: A Fed Horse is a Dead Horse Campaign – designed to provide materials and labor to build wildlife-proof picnic tables, repair and install fencing in the campground and provide nylon cooler straps to address the issues of our wildlife and human interactions with respect to food.
Leave a legacy for a loved one through a Memorial Donation. Please leave your loved one’s name or leave a message during checkout in the Message to Seller field.
Support our Transportation Scholarship Fund to help school groups participate in free world-class interpretive programming found only at Assateague Island National Seashore.
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