Founded in the U.S. through grassroots action in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and over 400 scientists, we impact conservation in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners.
Our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.
By the Numbers
We impact conservation in over 70 countries and territories.
We operate more than 100 marine conservation projects.
We have more than 400 scientists on staff.
We have protected more than 125 million acres of land.
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Our mission demands that we do everything in our power to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Join the cause and become a member of The Nature Conservancy today. In addition to helping us protect the natural world, you'll receive great benefits like our award-winning magazine.
Meet the experts, scientists, leadership and staff that embody The Nature Conservancy's spirit of innovation and drive to deliver tangible lasting results for both people & nature.
We All Have a Stake in a Better Future
7 decades of conservation experience have taught us we can accomplish more for nature when we bring together people and organizations across borders, sectors and political aisles.
An Organization You Can Trust
As a leading global charity, we put every dollar donated to work efficiently and effectively to make the greatest impact possible for conservation.
Restoring coastal habitat by supporting local restaurants during COVID
Lack of demand during the pandemic led to a surplus of oversized oysters from growers. We're purchasing the oysters and using them in restoration projects where they filter water and support the ecosystem. This provides income to small businesses. Explore More
A marine protected area the size of Great Britain
We led a ground-breaking deal that protects nearly 160,000 square miles of ocean off of Seychelles while helping the small island nation pay off its debt and make important climate change adaptations. Explore More
Helping Indigenous leaders protect "The Land of the Ancestors"
The Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation, with support from TNC, established 6.5 million acre protected area Thaidene Nëné in Canada. The historic agreement ensures the First Nation can manage the land according to their values. Explore More
Using tech to better map coral reefs
We used high-tech planes and satellites to create the highest-ever resolution maps of the Caribbean's coral reefs in order to ensure the protection of these important ecosystems. Explore More
Helping Mongolia conserve its grasslands
We’ve used our science to help the Mongolian Government protect 26 million acres of pristine grassland over the past 10 years. We continue to work with the government on a plan for 120 million acres. Explore More