The Nature Conservancy
Protecting nature. Preserving life.
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Since our founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.
We have more than 1 million members and work in all 50 United States and 72 countries around the world — protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia.
We address threats to conservation involving climate change, fire, fresh water, forests, invasive species, and marine ecosystems.
The Nature Conservancy began when leading scientists, committed citizens and dedicated leaders came together with a shared vision to protect and care for nature. From our first land purchase to our latest water fund, we are constantly evolving to bring innovative solutions to the challenges facing our world.
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Tackle Climate Change
Global temperatures have sharply risen over the last century, and it is clear that swift, bold action is required to avoid the increasingly severe impacts of climate change.
Protect Land and Water
We have helped protect more than 119 million acres of land, countless miles of rivers and streams and the world’s largest oceans. And we plan to protect more by 2025.
Provide Food and Water Sustainably
Food demand is expected to increase by more than 50 percent in just the next 30 years as the world’s population continues to grow—it’s a challenge that can be met.
Build Healthy Cities
By 2050, two-thirds of people will live in cities. Thoughtful planning, smart growth and nature can generate benefits for communities, for people’s health and for the economy.