National Wildlife Federation

environmental organization

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is the United States' largest private, nonprofit conservation education and advocacy organization. It has over four million members and supporters.[3]

National Wildlife Federation
Founder(s)Jay Norwood Darling
HeadquartersReston, Virginia, United States
Area servedUnited States
MethodEducation, training, research, lobbying
Revenue$88,102,000 USD (2008)[1]
MembersOver 4,000,000 [2]
Motto"To inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future."

NWF seeks to educate people of all ages by publishing a variety of wildlife magazines, including Wild Animal Baby, Your Big Backyard, Ranger Rick, and National Wildlife Magazine, and by the Backyard Habitat series on Discovery's Animal Planet along with IMAX films, such as Coral Reef Adventure, India: Kingdom of the Tiger, Bears, Wolves, and Dolphins. It has an online field guide of plants and animals called Also, the NWF offers hands-on training and support for habitat restoration through its Backyard Wildlife Habitat and Schoolyard Habitat programs.

Some of NWF's goals include: solutions to global warming; reducing mercury pollution; strengthening the Endangered Species Act; fighting invasive species; saving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling; restoring America's waterways; reforming the Army Corps of Engineers; and educating future environmental stewards.

NWF's headquarters is in Reston, Virginia.

Board membersEdit

The following individuals make up NWF's top executive staff:[4]

  • Larry J. Schweiger, President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Jaime Matyas, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
  • Dulce Gomez-Zormelo, Treasurer, VP for Finance & Chief Financial Officer
  • Cynthia Lewin, Secretary, Senior VP and General Counsel

Volunteer programsEdit

The NWF runs a large network of volunteer programs that reaches over 10 million people.[5]

Some of the current programs include:[6]

  • Habitat Ambassadors
  • Habitat Steward Volunteers
  • Habitat Steward Hosts
  • The Louisiana Grant Project
  • Global Warming Ambassadors
  • Wildlife Literacy Ambassador
  • Frogwatch USA Volunteer
  • Behind the Scenes Volunteers

Regional officesEdit

Apart from its headquarters, the NWF runs ten regional offices across the United States.[7]

Other articlesEdit


  1. 2008 Annual Report[permanent dead link]
  2. NWF press release[permanent dead link]
  3. "NWF Structure". Archived from the original on 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  4. "NWF Staff and Board Members". Archived from the original on 2009-12-27. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  5. "Volunteer Statistics". Archived from the original on 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  6. Volunteer Types
  7. "NWF Regional Offices". Archived from the original on 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2011-01-18.

More readingEdit

  • Thomas B. Allen, Guardian of the Wild: The Story of the National Wildlife Federation, 1936-1986 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987) ISBN 0-253-32605-2

Other websitesEdit