Affiliate Membership

As the leader of a national alliance of coastal restoration organizations, Restore America’s Estuaries provides a united voice across the coastal and estuarine community. Organizations like yours provide the vital, on-the-ground capacity our community needs to advance the science and practice of habitat protection and restoration.

The Affiliate Member Program increases both the impact and footprint by which RAE can directly support coastal restoration. Designed to complement the work of RAE’s formal alliance organizations, the Affiliate Membership Program was created in recognition of the importance of a broad and diverse partnership base. Together, we can elevate the successful restoration, conservation, and resiliency work that so many coastal organizations are doing around the country every day.

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This program offers organizations increased visibility opportunities to create meaningful connections, and participation in the national dialogue to protect and restore our nation’s estuaries.

Current Members

Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership – The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) is an assembly of 37 different state, federal, tribal, and non-governmental organizations interested in the conservation of habitat for Atlantic diadromous, estuarine-dependent, and coastal fish species. ACFHP’s vision is healthy,  thriving habitats of sufficient quantity and quality to support all life stages of Atlantic coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fishes. We work from Maine through the Florida Keys, and from the headwaters to the continental shelf, with a focus on the estuary. Our tagline is ‘Making the Connection’ – from the headwaters to the continental shelf, between fish and people, and among our partners. To carry out our vision, we implement outreach and communication, science and data, and on-the-ground restoration projects.

Billion Oyster Project – Billion Oyster Project restores oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives. Why oysters? Their reefs provide habitat for marine species, filter water, and help shield New York City shorelines from storm damage. The crew designs STEM curriculum for NYC schools through the lens of oyster restoration, and engages New York Harbor School students in large-scale restoration projects, collects discarded oyster shells from 75 NYC restaurants, and engages the local community. The project has planted 47 million oysters across 12 acres and 15 reef sites, with more than 8,000 students and 10,000 volunteers.

Buzzards Bay Coalition – The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

Ducks Unlimited – DU’s mission is to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. DU will achieve our vision through diverse public and private partnerships to address the full range of factors that continue to erode wetland habitat across North America.

Ecosphere Restoration Institute was created in 2007 to foster public and private partnerships for environmental restoration,  we have facilitated 19 projects that have restored more than 270 acres of critical habitats and enhanced over 1,000 acres in Hillsborough County alone. Our expertise in building innovative partnerships has secured $5 million in grants and $4 million in matching funds involving participants ranging from federal agencies, regional/local governments, and large industries to small businesses, community groups and citizen-volunteers.

The Nature Conservancy – The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

The Wetlands Institute – A world-class conservation, education and research center in southern New Jersey that educates people of all ages about the beauty and wonders of coastal environment, and the importance the wetlands have in their daily lives. We aim to inspire everyone to want to conserve and sustain that environment forever.

Women’s Aquatic Network (WAN) – WAN brings together professionals with interests in marine, coastal and aquatic affairs and promotes the roles of women in these fields with interests in marine, coastal and aquatic policy, research, management, legislation, and other areas. WAN members are scientists, lawyers, policy-makers, natural resource managers and advocates, maritime transportation interests, entrepreneurs, academics, lobbyists, and from many other professions.


To join the Affiliate Member Program, your organization must be a registered non-profit that shares a passion and commitment for restoring and protecting our vital coasts and estuaries.


Dues are billed each January at $300. Organizations that sponsor or register four or more participants for the RAE Coastal & Estuarine Summit are eligible for a free one-year membership.

Member Benefits

  • Listing on Restore America’s Estuaries website
  • Promotion in RAE Newsletters and Webinars
  • Access to the Affiliate Member Network
  • Affiliate Member meeting at RAE Coastal & Estuarine Summit
  • 10% discount on registration for any RAE sponsored workshops for two employees
  • 10% discount on registration for the RAE Coastal & Estuarine Summit for two employees
  • Sharing of content across social media platforms
  • Listing in the RAE Annual Report

To apply, please fill out this form. Additional questions can be directed to Rob Shane.