Ocean and Coastal Conservation
Whether you’re a beachgoer, kayaker, fisherman or scientist, or even if you simply just love the sea breeze, the Conservancy restores Rhode Island’s ocean and coastal environments for your enjoyment, for clean water and healthy lands, and for a strong Rhode Island economy.
It is impossible to consider Rhode Island’s nature without our beautiful coastline coming to mind. We’re all coastal in Rhode Island, and the health of our coastal waters is tied to the health of our lands and freshwater. At the Conservancy, we connect scientists and conservationists to tackle key environmental problems, rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty to make positive change.
The staff at the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy have many exciting projects going on.
Whether it be the innovative “Living Shoreline” project at the Narrow River in South County or the “Oysters Gone Wild” shell recycling program, the Conservancy is making great strides in protecting and restoring the Ocean State’s namesake.
Explore our features below to learn more!
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.
What does nature in Rhode Island have to do with the Caribbean? Everything!
There has never been a more critical time to protect Rhode Island against shoreline erosion. The "living shoreline" uses coconut fiber coir logs and oyster shells to rebuild shoreline over time, preventing future erosion.
Partnering with local raw bars, restaurants and shellfish processors, the Conservancy is recycling oyster shells to restore the Ocean State’s oyster reefs.
Witnessing an act of migration in-person is a thrilling moment that can inspire a lifetime of love for nature. The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island hopes to connect a new generation to the wonders of our natural world.
When was the last time you came "face to face" with an endangered species?