To become an Active Member an individual must:

  • Hold a current license to guide from the State of New York.
  • Submit a completed application for membership.
  • Pay the annual dues of $75.00.

Here are the Benefits of being an Active Member:

  • Access to the members only area on the NYSOGA website for access to our group insurance program and pro guide discounts.
  • Representation in the Department of Environmental Conservation, through our Legislative committee, on topics related to and effecting the guiding industry in New York State.

Free “Member Spotlights” ads for each member who wants to participate on our Facebook and Instagram channels.
The post is a paid ad with a value of $35 and sends potential clients directly to your website or social media channel listed on the NYSOGA website. If you are listed on the NYSOGA website and don’t have either a website or social channel your contact information will be listed as it is listed on the NYSOGA website. We will use the business description you provided for the NYSOGA website in the text of the post and ad. If you would like to update your business description on the NYSOGA website, you can either update it at time of renewal on the membership renewal form or send updates to Lee Godin. Please keep in mind, there is a $10 fee to cover administrative costs. To take advantage of the “Member Spotlight” benefit you just need to upload an image for use on the post, HERE.
Please submit an image that you feel best represents your business.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. The recommended image aspect ratios are:
    • • Landscape aspect ratio 16:9
      • Square aspect ratio 1:1
      • Vertical aspect ratio 4:5
      • Images will be cropped to fit the placement as needed
  2. No text on images
  3. Content submitted through this form must be an original photo from the business.
  4. Members will be verified prior to content being published on NYSOGA channels.
  5. Image criteria includes: high quality images (not pixelated or blurry), content will meet social media platform guidelines, no blood or graphic imagery will be posted.
  • Free Facebook Event Sharing – If you have pre-scheduled trips (events) we will share them on the Facebook page. All you must do is create the event in Facebook and send a link to the event in an email to Ed Mortan with the subject line “NYSOGA Member Event Facebook Submission” and we’ll schedule it for you. Posts should be from a business page to conform with Meta guidelines.
  • Shared Social Media Content – Increase your reach on social media! Tag us @newyorkoutdoorguides and we’ll share your posts on our channels (subject to the editorial calendar and quality guidelines). Posts should be from a business page to conform with Meta guidelines.
  • Free business listing on the NYSOGA website with a direct link to the member’s website.
  • Email notifications of all inquiries for guide services received by the NYSOGA website.
  • NYSOGA rack cards with space for your business contact information.
  • Use of NYSOGA logo for guiding promotions.
  • Representation at trade shows and events.
  • Opportunity to participate in all NYSOGA events, including training and networking.
  • Right to vote at the Annual Active Membership Meeting.
  • Membership certificate, card, and pin.
  • One year subscription to Guidelines, the NYSOGA publication of outdoor news.
  • Opportunity to purchase official NYSOGA products.
  • Click here to fill out and submit the online Membership Application.