The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.
Founded in the U.S. through grassroots action in 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) 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 79 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 42 through partners.
Our Mission and Vision
To conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Together, We Find A Way
We must boldly address the biodiversity and climate crises. We're overcoming barriers to the change our planet needs.
What we do between now and 2030 will determine whether we avoid the worst impacts of climate change, conserve enough habitat to slow down species loss, and safeguard people.
How may we help you? Find answers to common questions about The Nature Conservancy. Learn about the organization's outreach, membership program, careers and more.
Get involved with The Nature Conservancy by volunteering, attending live or virtual events, taking direct action and lowering your carbon footprint.
Donate today and you’ll be a member, funding urgent direct conservation and advocacy where its needed most around the world.
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.
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.
Achieving Across Common Ground and Great Divides
We develop breakthrough ideas, forge new paths to conservation funding, guide game-changing decisions and amplify local and Indigenous leadership.
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.
Highlights From Our Work
Celebrating a Cultural Icon
The iconic Monarch butterfly holds great ecological and cultural significance across North America. Their stunning appearance and incredible 3,000 mile migration across the continent have inspired myths and celebrations. Monarch populations are declining. Their numbers are threatened by dwindling native plant populations and climate change, which alters their migration patterns. TNC partners with local communities across the country, including in East Chicago, to protect and celebrate the Monarch.
5 Ways We Conserve Quickly and Durably
We have to work quickly to conserve nature and ensure that the work we do endures. Helping to launch a sustainable tuna company. Raising coral embryos to serve as marine habitats. Partnering with local communities to conserve important habitats. In these ways and more, we're providing the next generation with the tools they need to build a sustainable future.
Saving Energy And Fish
When we design with nature in mind, we accomplish more. Like making thriving marine habitats out of offshore wind turbines. They fight climate change and can act as artificial reefs. TNC scientists are helping research materials and designs that will properly anchoring offshore wind turbines while also supporting marine life and biodiversity.
Burning to Keep Forests in Check
Fire can be a force of restoration, and many habitats need them. Wisconsin Oak trees rely on fire to burn away plants that would shade them out. In grasslands, native plants grow and thrive in the aftermath of fires. Controlled burns even decrease severity of wildfires. To help maintain native plant populations, we partner with local organizations and Indigenous leaders to perform safe controlled burns.
Reducing Emissions with Nature
Technology will take us a long way in reducing carbon emissions, but we must also remove carbon from the atmosphere. Luckily, nature is fantastic at storing carbon, if we give it the chance. Natural solutions, like protecting and managing forests and wetlands, can store 1/3 of the carbon the world needs to avoid climate change's worst impacts. Hear from a TNC scientist on how protecting nature protects us.
Kenya’s Mangrove Guardians
Mangrove forests—critical parts of Kenya’s ecosystems, cultures and local economies—are threatened by logging and pollution. TNC and partners developed a program empowering women to protect and restore their community's mangroves. The program supports women in creating sustainable economic opportunity.
Stay up to date on Nature News
Join our monthly e-mail series, Nature News, to get the latest stories. Get a preview of Nature News