Trail in New York.
A view of Rob's Trail in New York. © Mat Levine / TNC


Message from the New York Executive Director

A statement on the division’s response to COVID-19.

Our New York team continues to monitor COVID-19 and its effects on our work, partners, and supporters. As of August 1, our offices remain closed across the state and all in-person events have moved to virtual formats.

As New York and the world grapple with a new reality, I hope this message finds you and those you love safe and healthy.

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our lives in profound ways, I’m reminded more so than ever of the peace, tranquility and restorative power that nature provides us all.

The Nature Conservancy in New York takes our commitment to the safety of our team members, partners, trustees and supporters very seriously. With all of our offices across the state closed, we continue to work remotely in an effective, and safe, manner. We are as committed as ever to our mission and continue our work to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. 

Currently, most of our preserves remain open, but please check the individual preserve pages for any closing notifications before you visit. Consistent with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders, we encourage all New Yorkers to stay home as much as possible. If you do plan on visiting, stay local and close to your home. When venturing outside, please be sure you are in good health and practice social distancing. If you arrive at a preserve and notice crowds are forming, choose another trail, a different preserve, or another day or time to visit. To find an alternative local spot to enjoy nature’s sanctuary, view our preserve map.

Getting outdoors is not always possible and I am heartened to see many of us strengthen our connection to nature in other ways—whether sharing some favorite nature images, tuning into a wildlife cam, or exploring virtual nature tours.

As we navigate these unprecedented times, we are continually monitoring the situation and adjusting as needed. Know that it is my intention to keep you, our Conservancy supporters, as updated as possible. 

Today and always, I am especially grateful for your support as we work together to create a world where all of nature, including humanity, thrives. 

Stay well,

Bill Ulfelder
New York Executive Director

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 75 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 38 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.