All Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary (FRWS) memberships expire on December 31st, regardless of the date you become a member. FRWS Members receive a reusable bar-coded parking pass that allows passage through Playland’s toll gates at the entrance to the sanctuary. Renewal notices are issued – by email – in late October/early November for the following calendar year. If you renew after 9/1, your membership will be active through 12/31 of the following calendar year. If you renew prior to 9/1, your membership will expire on 12/31 of this year.

Please note that it takes approximately TWO WEEKS to process a membership application and send you a parking pass. Existing members will have their parking passes renewed remotely*; there is no need to request a new parking pass.

*Some exceptions apply. Due to numerous gate issues, if your card was issued prior to 2019, you will be sent a new card this year (2021) only.


  • Student/Individual membership $20
  • Family membership $50
  • Group (Recommended for non-profit groups or organizations, and anyone feeling generous!) $100
  • Benefactor (Recommended for small businesses, and anyone feeling very generous!) $250
  • Donations (made on this page) of higher amounts are always welcome and very much appreciated. Non-membership.

To become a Friends of Read member, simply fill out the form to the right, select type of membership amount, and click submit. You will be taken to PayPal to finalize your transaction. Your generous support is very much appreciated and will be put to good use supporting our wildlife management, conservation, and educational missions!

Would you like to join a Committee?

We have a number of active committees for our members to get involved. Some of our activities include grounds upkeep, advocacy, or fund raising. If you have an idea, want to volunteer, or are interested in joining our Board – tell us!

Mail Check Instead

If you prefer, we also accept memberships by mail. (Good option for people without email addresses or PayPal accounts.) Please download the membership application form below. Once complete, please mail the form along with your membership fee to: Treasurer, Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary, P.O. Box 548, Rye, NY 10580. We will process your renewals and new memberships. Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your membership card/gate pass.


Create/Renew Membership

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