Join the National Museum of Forest Service History by making a donation.

Conservation of the forests and grasslands of the United States is an American tradition we take great pride in. It’s a story about the dedicated people who created more than a government agency. They encouraged a whole new way of thinking about our country. They began a movement that bore stewards of the public lands for the last 100 years.


The history of how we have cared for our rivers and mountains, forests and plains is the story of conservation. In today’s era of growing demands on our public lands, understanding our past will help us make more informed stewardship decisions to serve our nation.

National, state and private forests and grasslands make up more than 50% of the total U.S. land mass. We have always relied on the natural resources of the great outdoors: wood, water, wilderness, ranch lands, minerals, oil and gas, hunting and fishing lands, or places to get away and enjoy nature. Our legacy of caring for the land shapes the definition of conservation today.


Become a member.

Annual membership contributions provide 40% of the Museum’s operating budget. Your membership enables us to carry out our mission to preserve and interpret the history of conservation in the U.S.

Since 1988, member support has helped us catalog more than 29,000 objects, restore items to display quality, provide nationwide access to the collection and forge partnerships with more than 1,000 individuals and organizations.

With your support we will interpret 100 years of history of the U.S. Forest Service, its partners and cooperators, promote and maintain our national traveling exhibits and online virtual exhibits, and build the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center.

For generations, those who wore the uniform of the Forest Service have passed on the practice of conservation. Join us to continue telling the story.


What people are saying.

“I joined the Museum to be a part of helping to preserve and interpret our culture and history.”

– Rolf Anderson, Museum member and retired Forest Service Ranger

Nominate someone to the honor roll.

For a one-time donation of $100 or more, the National Museum of Forest Service History offers a special Forest Service Museum Honor Roll for living and deceased people.

Current, former or retired employees; individuals, groups and events who have contributed to the mission of the Forest Service are eligible. A Memorial Grove has been planted on the museum grounds honoring everyone who has contributed to the mission of the Forest Service. People are recognized in an honor roll book and will appear on the museum’s web site rather than having names on individual trees in the Memorial Grove. Nominations are subject to approval by the NMFSH.


Our Capital Campaign.

The National Conservation Legacy and Education Center is more than a building—it represents what we can do to pass on the heritage and stewardship of our national forests and grasslands.


If we only had a nickel for each of the 245 million annual visitors to the National Forests and Grasslands, we could invite them to explore a century of multiple-use conservation linking the nation’s past to its present and future.

Each nickel would be invested in the Museum’s capital campaign designed to support a national interpretative and education program that is financially sustained by admissions, membership, program fees and special events. Now that’s a smart investment!

We would invest each nickel in the challenge campaign to:

BUILD the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center.

LAUNCH the National Traveling Exhibit Program.

PILOT the Virtual Storytelling Galleries.

INCREASE public access to the Museum’s remarkable collections.

The Museum has taken action to prepare the site for construction, develop the architectural plans and envision the Center’s exhibits, theater presentations and programs. Now it’s time to open the doors.

It will take a total investment of over $14.5 million to build the Center. With the support of the Forest Service, individuals, foundations and companies, the NMFSH has already attracted nearly $4 million – 27% of the goal.

Now we are geared up to raise $10.7 million. About half of these contributions will fund construction of the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center and half will fund the exhibits and theater presentation.

To date, for every dollar individuals contributed to the Museum’s Capital Campaign, we succeeded in attracting $2 in public and corporate support. With new matching grant opportunities, for every dollar individuals contribute to the Capital Campaign the Museum has the opportunity to attract $3 in public support, $2 in foundation grants and $1 in corporate contributions. That’s $6 for every $1 you contribute.

The Board of Directors increased the capital campaign goal 14% in February, 2013, from $12.7 million to $14.5 million.  The goal was increased because of building and road construction cost inflation since the original 2009 construction estimates.  The cost to design interpretive museum exhibits was also increased after review of the 2007 cost estimates and the museum’s experience with the traveling exhibit design costs in 2012.


Other ways to give.

Planned Gifts – Planned gifts ensure the conservation legacy of the Forest Service is passed on to the next generation. We are grateful to Morton J. Lauridsen and Richard B. Anderson for including the Museum in their estate plans. For more information on planned gifts, please contact the Museum directly at (406) 541-6374.

Transfer of Stocks, Bonds or Other Securities – Donations of appreciated stocks, bonds, and mutual funds may have additional tax advantages. You can transfer stocks directly from your brokerage account to the NMFSH in two ways:

  1. Personally Contact the Museum’s Broker
    Contact Ryan Kisling or Chris Dunbar, Financial Advisors at Big Sky Wealth Management (1-800-451-0606) in Missoula. They will guide you through the process. Please contact the museum office (406-541-6374) to notify us that you have made a stock donation. A tax receipt will be sent once the transaction is complete.
  2. Ask Your Stock Broker to Transfer the Stock
    Your broker will need the following information to complete the transfer: a.) Account Name: National Museum of Forest Service History. b.) Account Number: 6540-7670. c.) DTC # 0075

For Broker Transfers – Please notify the NMFSH that you have transferred stock so that the NMFSH can acknowledge your gift and you have the records needed for income tax purposes.

Employer Matching – Many companies have a matching gift program to support employee interests. Ask your human resources or personnel department for a matching gift form to include with your contribution.

Donations to the National Museum of Forest Service History, a 501(c)(3) charity, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax identification number is: 81-0454269.

Become a volunteer.

The NMFSH welcomes volunteers interested in helping us develop partnerships in communities across the country. From education to interpretation to grounds development to fundraising, there are many ways you can support the NMFSH as a volunteer. Contact us to learn more about how you can help.

Get involved in the history of the U.S. Forest Service!