National Wildlife Federation

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National Wildlife Federation
Founder(s) Jay Norwood Darling
Founded 1936
Headquarters Reston, Virginia, United States
Area served United States
Focus Environmentalism
Method Education, training, research, lobbying
Revenue $88,102,000 USD (2008)[1]
Members Over 4,000,000 [2]
Motto "To inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future."
Website nwf.org

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]


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 Enature.com. 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 members[change | change source]

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 programs[change | change source]

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 offices[change | change source]

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


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References[change | change source]

Books[change | change source]

  • 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

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