Support Us at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy


At Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we are building a nation connected by trails. We reimagine public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors. That's our mission.

With your support, we can connect the nation by trail.

Erick Cedeño on the Exposition Line Bikeway | Courtesy Erick Cedeño
Erick Cedeño on the Exposition Line Bikeway | Courtesy Erick Cedeño

Why I Support RTC

“On trails, I’m able to enjoy the ride, be stress-free and not worry much about [cars].” 

—Erick Cedeño, @bicycle_nomad


Prefer to send a check? Download and mail this form to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Attn: Membership Department, 2445 M Street, NW Suite 650, Washington, DC 20037.

Our members make trails happen.

Join the movement! Become a member and help us build a nation connected by trails. You can also update your information and mail preference in the Membership Center.

Become A Member

Renew Your Membership

Gift A Membership

Workplace Giving

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Join Trailblazer Society

Member Benefits

Give $22 or more to become a member, and your yearlong membership includes an exclusive member T-shirt, Rails to Trails magazine and reduced prices on rail-trail guidebooks! Get even more benefits by becoming a monthly donor or auto-renewal member, or by joining the Trailblazer Society.

Membership benefits grid

Standard Membership Benefits: $22 minimum per year.
Auto Renew Benefits: $18 minimum per year.
Monthly Giving Benefits: $5 minimum per month.
*Donations received before Dec. 31 receive the following year’s calendar. Donations after Dec. 31 receive the subsequent year’s calendar, produced each fall, as the initial calendar.


Photo by Side A Photography
Photo by Side A Photography

Leave A Legacy

There is no better way to pass on your love for the outdoors and to help protect these priceless trails for future generations.

Honorary Gift

Memorial Giving

Planned Giving

Other Ways To Support

You can start a Facebook Fundraiser to support RTC. Log in to Facebook and start your fundraiser here.

When you sell items on Ebay, you can choose to donate a portion of your profit to RTC. List your item on eBay, then look for “Donate a portion to Charity” when you are finalizing your listing. Remember to choose Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington, D.C.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: I would like to update my address or email address.

A: Please update your address here.

Q: I have not received the RTC magazine.

A: RTC’s magazine is published quarterly, with three paper issues and one green (digital issue) per year. If you are a new RTC member or have recently renewed your membership, it is possible that you have been left off the most recent magazine mailing list. Please check the RTC magazine archive and then use this form to let us know which magazine issues you have missed and we will have the missing issues mailed right out to you. If you would like to receive all RTC magazines issues digitally moving forward, please log in to your member center account and update your magazine preferences.

Q: I have not received the gift that was promised with my donation.

A: RTC’s typical delivery timeframe is 4-6 weeks from the date a contribution is made. RTC uses mainly the U.S. Postal Service to deliver donation thank you gifts. If your contribution was made more than six weeks ago and your thank you gift has not arrived, please fill out this form and provide your address and the gifts that you are expecting, including any size specifications.

Q: I recently contributed to RTC. Why am I receiving renewal notices?

A: Your recent gift was likely made in response to one of RTC’s special fundraising campaigns and did not automatically renew your membership. Support to these appeal campaigns are absolutely crucial to funding our trail programs. However, if you would like to apply your recent gift as your membership renewal, please just let us know by using this form and we’d be happy to update your account!

Q: How do I update my payment information for my a recurring donation(s)?

A: You can update your payment information associated with any of your recurring donation(s) by logging into your RTC Member Center account, or by calling us at (202) 331-9696.

Q: How do I cancel my recurring donation(s)?

A: You can cancel your recurring donation(s) by logging in to your RTC Member Center account, or by calling us at (202) 331-9696.

Q: How do I give a gift membership or donate in honor/memory of someone?

A: To give a gift membership, please use our gift membership form. For making a donation in honor of someone, please our honorary donation form. To make a donation in memory of someone, please our memorial donation form.

Q: Where can I purchase RTC apparel and guidebooks?

A: You can purchase RTC apparel and guidebooks in our Trail Shop.

Q: I donated to RTC last year. How do I access my previous year’s Giving Summary for tax purposes?

A: To access your previous year’s Giving Summary, please log into your RTC Member Center account. Once logged in, click the Membership Information tab. Then, click the “.pdf” hyperlink located to the right of the Previous Year Giving Summary amount. If you run into any trouble, feel free to call us at (202) 331-9696, or fill out the form below.

Q: How do I make changes to my communications preferences?

A: You can update both your paper and email communication preferences by logging into your RTC Member Center account. Once logged in, click the Contact Preferences tab. If you run into any trouble, feel free to call us at (202) 331-9696, or fill out the form below.

Didn't Find What You're Looking For? Contact Us.

Contact us for questions about joining or renewing your membership, updating your address, membership status, member benefits (including our quarterly magazine, Rails to Trails), levels of membership and ways to support RTC.


Major Gifts

For other ways to support RTC's mission, including through major gifts and foundation grants, please contact


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax ID number 52-1437006) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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