About us

Who we are

A rocky beach at Dunsborough, Western Australia © Michelle Lavery

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 (TNC) 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 79 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 42 through partners.

Our Challenge: Learn how The Nature Conservancy works to balance the needs of a growing population with those of nature.
Mount Augustus Western Australia © John Spies

Stand with us

Our mission demands that we do everything in our power to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Our science shows us that we can.  From our historic work in land acquisition to our cutting-edge research that influences global policy, The Nature Conservancy is constantly evolving so that we can take on the world’s most important challenges. 

Seven decades of conservation experience have taught us that we can accomplish more for the natural world when we bring together people and organisations across borders, across sectors and across political aisles. We all have a stake in a better future.


The Nature Conservancy is known for our pragmatic, inclusive style. We’re proud of the partnerships we’ve built. But we need even more people on our side to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Resting roos on a dry lake bed at Gayini, NSW © Oliver Kay