About Us

Who We Are

A worker removes invasive pine trees from the greater Cape Town region in South Africa. TNC works with local organizations to support these water-saving efforts.
Rope Technician A worker removes invasive pine trees from the greater Cape Town region in South Africa. TNC works with local organizations to support these water-saving efforts. © Roshni Lodhia

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 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.

Our Challenge Only by working together can we give people hope, keep our wildlife wild and keep our home whole. And ensure the future of a world that sustains us all.

By the Numbers

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    70+

    We impact conservation in over 70 countries and territories.

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    100+

    We operate more than 100 marine conservation projects.

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    400+

    We have more than 400 scientists on staff.

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    125M+

    We have protected more than 125 million acres of land.

Sunset at Piedras Rojas in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
Piedras Rojas Sunset at Piedras Rojas in the Atacama Desert in Chile. © Victor Grilo Lima/TNC Photo Contest 2019

Our Priorities

We are focusing on these key areas in order to achieve our ambitious mission.

Recent Wins

  • Steve Weglarz of Cedar Point Oyster Farm hoses off a cage full of oysters on his oyster farm in Little Bay in Durham, New Hampshire.

    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

  • The overlook atop Aride Island Special Reserve is at the center of where millions of birds nest during nesting season, Seychelles.

    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

  • The Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation community participates in a round dance to mark the official protection of Thaidene Nëné.

    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

  • Boat drone orthomosaic image of the mapping of Catalina Island, DR (right near Catalinita, all in the Southeast Marine Sanctuary in DR we help protect). Boat drone imagery is one of the 4 layers of data assessment being used for the Caribbean coral mapping project (satellite imagery and aerial hyperspectral sensor imagery are used for mapping and boat drone imagery, and people diving below water are used to corroborate this mapping. the boat and aerial drone data gathering – is completed by TNC. We use it for things unrelated to the CAO work but it will also be combined with the CAO data that is gathered to create the region-wide map of coral reefs across the Caribbean. The goal is that after the Caribbean region is completed, this initiative can be used as a model to help marine regions across the globe map their coral reef ecosystems to better protect and restore them. 
In terms of the ‘bigness’ of the work, Steve Schill (TNC) says we are really the only organization he knows of that is combining these technologies (boat and aerial drone, hyperspectral imaging from CAO plane, Planet satellite) to create coastal habitat maps

    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

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    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