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The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global environmental nonprofit organization working to create a world where people and nature can thrive in harmony.

Shaping a Brighter Future for People and the Planet Through Conservation

The Nature Conservancy

Founded in the U.S. in 1951 through grassroots action, 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, the dedicated efforts of their diverse staff, and over 400 scientists, their impact reaches 75 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 38 through partners. TNC's mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. To achieve this, we must boldly address the biodiversity and climate crises over the next decade. By maximizing our ability to affect change between now and 2030, we can shape a brighter future for people and our planet. 

Now more than ever, people recognize the many benefits of spending time outdoors, and The Nature Conservancy is working to make sure there are healthy places to do so. The Nature Conservancy manages nearly 2000 acres, or about 40 percent, of Block Island. Located just twelve miles off the south coast of Rhode Island, this island is a wildlife hotspot, providing critical habitat for many plants and animals that have otherwise disappeared from across southern New England. This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Nature Conservancy's work on Block Island.

Over the last three decades, the Conservancy's Block Island Program has expanded into a multi-faceted program of hands-on discovery programs public outreach, scientific research, land stewardship, community science. The program also supports groundbreaking scientific research in the Great Salt Pond, a manmade channel opening to Block Island Sound that has since been identified as a unique and important tidal ecosystem. 

GRoW Support


Coral Innovation Hub in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands


Block Island Program