We are 1 million Rhode Islanders who depend on nature.
We depend on it for our livelihoods, for our health, and to enrich the quality of our everyday lives.
Centuries of industrial use and poorly-planned development on Rhode Island’s lands and waters have come at a cost.
Wild oyster reefs and many traditional fisheries have fallen off steeply. Working farmland has declined by 80% since 1940. Fragmentation of rivers and forests has resulted in impacts to wildlife, and a changing climate has put our 400 miles of coastline at greater risk.
The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island connects donors and volunteers with leading scientists and conservationists to face these problems head-on.
In short, our goal is to protect the natural character of our beautiful state.
Explore our website to learn more about how we work to make Rhode Island a better place to live by protecting our land and freshwater, restoring healthy coastal waters, and engaging people in the wonder of nature.
News & Features
New land acquisition builds on decades-long effort to protect the Narrow River watershed and contributes to the long-term preservation of river herring runs.
The Nature Conservancy works with local loggers to manage its woodland preserves. A vibrant mix of wildflowers, shrubs, and saplings are popping up in place of dying oaks, providing food and better cover for migratory songbirds.
Find out what we're learning...that herons and egrets already know!
View the installation of Rhode Island's first "living shoreline" for marsh erosion control at Narrow River.
Let us thank you for all your support. Download a collection of images that reflect the character of Rhode Island...for your desktop.
Here in Rhode Island the ocean and the coast define our way of life. Plan to be inspired by The Nature Conservancy efforts to protect our most valuable resources.
The Conservancy's shell recycling program is setting the stage to bring back oyster reefs to Rhode Island waters.
LEAF (Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future) is a Nature Conservancy program that is an eye-opening and confidence building internship experience for high school students interested in science and conservation.