Gifts for Givers: Memberships & More

It always feels wonderful to receive a lovely gift—especially the kind in this guide. But if you know a special person who would rather you direct your generosity somewhere where it can go a little further for a worthy cause, check out this lineup of organizations and nonprofits all working to make the Silver State a better place, for fellow Nevadans, wildlife, and the land itself. Between charitable donations and annual memberships, these groups all offer ways to make a do-gooder in your life a part of their noble efforts.

Lake Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Lake Tahoe

Since 1981, the number one stewards of Tahoe’s legendary 165-mile circuit have been maintaining and protecting the famed national recreation trail for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and the environment itself, all while wrangling outdoor educational programs, hundreds of volunteers, and immersive youth camps. Support the cause by gifting a membership, or by taking a fellow Tahoe-lover on a guided hike or to a volunteer trail work day.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Reno

Help keep Nevada “forever wild” by supporting one of Nevada’s number one nature-minded nonprofits that has successfully protected over three million acres (and counting!) of wilderness all over the Silver State. Gift a monthly membership and become a steward of our beloved public lands, or use a volunteer event as an excuse to spend quality time in Mother Nature with someone(s) special.

Friends of Black Rock-High Rock

Gerlach

Help someone special fund trail and habitat restoration, youth programs, wildlife conservation and more across 1.2 million acres of one of Nevada’s most majestic, mesmerizing, and totally unique wildernesses with a donation, membership, or volunteer campout. Or take them on a guided Fly Ranch Nature Walk to witness Fly Ranch’s wetland wonders, Burning Man art, and fabled Fly Geyser.

Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary

Reno

Serving as a permanent home for non-releasable wildlife, Animal Ark relies on donations to help care for residents like El Santo (jaguar), Gracie (black bear), I.O. (great horned owl), and Quillber (porcupine). Show your support by visiting, gifting a membership to the sanctuary, or “adopting” a furry – or not so furry – friend

Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary

Between Lovelock and Winnemucca along the Cowboy Corridor road trip

Nestled between Lovelock and Winnemucca is Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary, a nationally accredited, non-profit refuge for orphaned, injured, and confiscated animals that can’t return to the wild. Memberships start at just $25 and you can sponsor tigers, lions, bobcats, and macaws, too

HawkWatch International

West Wendover

Since 1986, HWI has been trudging up trail-less slopes around the West’s high mountains to count, band, and study migratory raptors, in order to sustain and protect these key creatures and enrich our ecosystem, including here in Nevada. Support their efforts by donating on a bird nerd’s behalf, symbolically adopt a hawk in their name, or whisk them off to an event to learn more about the project and even help band and release birds themselves.

If you’re after some amazing swag that goes to a good cause, be sure to check out Bird Collective, who has recently partnered with HawkWatch International. This fresh collection celebrates birds of prey and their important role in ecosystems, with every purchase supporting HawkWatch International as it works to monitor and safeguard the long-term health of raptors worldwide. Get your hands on all kinds of cool stuff, ranging from bandanas, to water bottles, sweatshirts, tees, and beyond here.

Friends of Gold Butte

Mesquite

One of Nevada’s two newest national monuments, Gold Butte dazzles adventurers with otherworldly rock formations, glowing arches, thousands of ancient petroglyphs, and more across its rugged and stunning 300,000 acres. Help fund these stewards’ monthly talks, restoration projects, advocacy efforts, and guided outings—or offer to participate (or even lead) some yourself.

Protectors of Tule Springs

North Las Vegas

The go-to guardians of southern Nevada’s Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument—one of the greatest records of Ice Age fossils on Earth—invite nature-lovers to become members (AKA fellow “protectors”) in order to fund efforts like trail building, participation in hands-on activities, in-school programs, and even to bring a Burning Man-debuted life-sized Columbian mammoth sculpture to Ice Age Fossils State Park.

Save Red Rock

Las Vegas

Defenders in the truest sense, this org battles to protect the tranquility not just of southern Nevada’s most iconic and popular national conservation area, but also the community that surrounds it, fending off deep-pocketed developers who’ve sought to fill the canyon with tract homes. Help them fight the good fight with a donation, membership, volunteer shift, or business partnership.