We offer multiple membership types, all with their own unique and exciting benefits.

Your membership is active as soon as you join or renew online, or payment is received, and is valid for one year. Your membership information will be sent to you shortly after we receive your gift.

Memberships are fully tax-deductible.

Membership Levels & Benefits


$30 / year

  • Quarterly print newsletter
  • Receive member benefit card
  • Digital invite to an annual exclusive member event
  • Annual Member sticker
  • Receive our Annual Member Survey
  • Recognition in Friends’ Report to the Community
Become a Member


$100 / year

  • Pre-sale/priority registration to events
  • Postcard invitation to an annual exclusive member event
  • Partners (currently on hold)
Plus All Protector Benefits


Become a Member


$500 / year

  • Mailed Annual Gathering invitation
  • Free Champion tote bag with unique design
  • Invitation to seasonal partner sales
  • Ticket discounts to select events
  • Invitations to exclusive litigation updates with our legal team
  • Invitation to the Boundary Waters Brunch
Plus All Protector & Guardian Benefits
Become a Member

Sigurd Olson Circle

$1000 / year

  • Free entry to the Boundary Waters Brunch
  • Invitation to exclusive Sigurd Olson Circle event before our Annual Gathering
  • Free annual gift
  • Quarterly behind-the-scenes legislative, legal, and program updates
  • Additional benefits to be revealed throughout the year
Plus All Protector, Guardian & Champion Benefits
Become a Member


Any recurring gift of $5/month or more joins our sustainer member level..

  • Free Sustaining Member tote bag and sticker
  • The greenest giving option as it reduces paper usage and requires no renewal.
Plus All Protector Benefits

Gift a Membership

Want to share a membership with friends, family, or that special paddler in your life? All our memberships and their benefits can be shared as a gift! Your gift of a membership can be accompanied by an exclusive Friends of the Boundary Waters ceramic mug, hand-thrown by local artisans at Deneen Pottery.

Contact our membership team if you have any additional questions.

2021 Membership Partners

The Friends has partnered with organizations that believe in protecting the Boundary Waters ecosystem from Quetico to Lake Superior. We as a staff sought out these organizations to work with on a deeper level, and wish you to visit them for their support of our mission. In turn, partners offered a benefit for you as well for supporting the Boundary Waters. This list will change every year and we encourage you to utilize each of them! They all look forward to hearing from you.

Give With Confidence

At the Friends, we hold ourselves to the highest ethical and financial standards. We are regularly reviewed and evaluated by independent organizations so you can be confident that your gift has the greatest possible impact on our beloved wilderness.

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax ID: 36-3414821. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


Our membership team is ready to answer any questions you have at 612-332-9630 or mike@friends-bwca.org. You can also see our Frequently Asked Questions below.

How Long Is My Friends Of The Boundary Waters Wilderness Membership Active?

Your membership is valid for 12 months from the date of the gift.

How Do I Activate My Membership Benefits?

Your benefits get started automatically once your membership is activated – keep an eye on your email and mail to find out about exclusive access to events and get access to special deals with our membership partners.

Are Memberships For Individuals Or Households?

Our memberships are for individuals but to keep things as green as possible, printed materials will be sent by household.

Will I Receive A Membership Card?

We do not currently send out physical membership cards – your member number and renewal information will be sent to you following your gift.

If I Make A Gift Before My Renewal Date, Will My Membership Extend?

Yes, if you make an additional gift before your membership needed to be renewed (thank you!), your new membership expiration date will be 12 months from your most recent gift if it meets membership criteria.

Will You Remind Me When It’s Time To Renew?

Absolutely – we’ll reach out to you when it’s time to renew your membership!

Is My Membership Tax-Deductible?

Yes – all our memberships are fully tax deductible.

Can I Purchase A Membership As A Gift For Someone Else?

Absolutely – on any donation form, find the section “Gift Membership” and provide us the full contact information for the gift membership recipient. We will let them know you have shared your love for the Boundary Waters with them!

Who Do I Contact If I Need To Update The Information On My Membership?

You can drop us a line anytime at membership@friends-bwca.org or give our office a call at 612-332-9630.