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SWS Membership Benefits

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Since its founding in 1980, the Society of Wetland Scientists has continued to grow, with more than 3,000 members from the United States, Canada, Mexico and many other countries around the world! We are committed to providing our members meaningful resources that promote wetland education, conservation and restoration, globally. These resources include:

Become an SWS member today to receive these benefits and to join wetland scientists, researchers and students from around the world to further the SWS mission of promoting the understanding, scientifically based management and sustainable use of wetlands.

Apply online!    Download a PDF membership application

Please complete the application and return to SWS headquarters.

Membership Dues

SWS membership dues are paid annually (with the exception of Lifetime members) on a calendar year basis.  Membership includes one chapter.  New members joining Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 will maintain a valid membership through Dec. 31 of the following year.

Membership Type

Dues Rate

Regular (by annual income in USD)




$40,000 - $60,000


$60,000 - $80,000


$80,000 - $100,000




Developing Country*




1 full payment


4 payments


Student (Full-time)


Additional Household Member 

70% of first regular  membership rate 


75% of regular membership rate 

*Members from developing countries qualify for the reduced membership rate of $10 per year and includes two chapters and one section.  


Additional Member Purchases

While all SWS members receive full electronic access to the Wetlands Journal, members also have the option of receiving the journal in print for $30 per year. This $30 fee covers all six issues a year. Interested in learning more about the Wetlands journal? Visit our publications page.

Gratis Membership Awards

A limited number of Gratis memberships are available to individuals in developing countries. **Please note that Gratis Memberships are at capacity and we are not approving new applications currently. If you would like to apply, we will contact you when we have openings. If you are eligible, you can join in the Developing Country category for a reduced membership fee of $10. Please email membership@sws.org if you have any questions.  

Online Gratis Application  Download a PDF Gratis application

Questions about SWS Membership?

Need to update your membership? SWS staff can help! Please contact SWS headquarters at 608-310-7855 with any membership questions that you may have or email us at membership@sws.org.

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