Why you should join the OCA

All around the world, orchids are disappearing because their habitats are being taken for agriculture, mining, development, or some other human activity. Joining the OCA puts you together with hundreds of others who are working to protect orchid habitats. The OCA is the premier US organization focusing its efforts on protecting tropical orchid habitats. Other groups, such as Conservation International and the World Wildlife Fund, are also working to conserve tropical habitats, but the OCA is the only one to focus on orchids. Thus, if you are an orchid lover, the OCA is your natural conservation choice.

In addition to the sure knowledge of your good works, membership in the OCA entitles you to priority inclusion in our Orchids in the Wild® trips and guarantees you e-mail delivery of our periodic newsletters. Your donations are used only for conservation; we have no paid employees and our directors serve pro bono. Because the OCA is a 501(c)3 public charity, your donations are fully tax deductible. Join now!

Membership Levels

Individual Membership, $40

You will receive periodic newsletters that provide updates on our projects to establish or expand reserves. These newsletters will also report on recent OCA trips to orchidaceous destinations around the world. An important benefit of membership is that you will get early notice of upcoming “Orchids in the Wild” trips as they become available. These trips often sell out, sometimes very quickly.

Family Membership, $75

Enroll your entire family in the fight to preserve orchids and orchid habitats. You receive all the benefits of an Individual Membership plus a discounted membership rate.

Patron Membership, $150

Membership at this level enables the purchase of half an acre of orchid-rich habitat in the tropics. In addition to all the benefits of Individual Membership, you receive both a free t-shirt and a $100 discount on an Orchids in the Wild trip.

Benefactor Membership, $350

Membership at this level enables the purchase of an acre of orchid-rich habitat or supports the guards who both document species of the reserves and help to protect the land.  In addition to all the benefits of Individual Membership, you receive a free t-shirt and a $200 discount on an Orchids in the Wild trip.

Sponsor Membership, $1,000

Sponsor membership pays the salary of a reserve guard for one month or enables the purchase of three acres of orchid-rich habitat. In addition to all the benefits of Individual Membership, you receive a free t-shirt and a $300 discount on an Orchids in the Wild.

Society Memberships

We encourage orchid societies to become official members of the Orchid Conservation Alliance. Society memberships are useful to us because they enable us to interact with larger groups of potential supporters efficiently. Additionally, they are useful to societies because they bring the benefits of OCA membership to their members very inexpensively. To become an OCA member we ask that societies pledge $2 per person in their society and denote one of the society’s members to be the official OCA interface. We suggest that this person be the society’s newsletter editor to facilitate transfer of information from the OCA to society members.

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