Two people in a park walk away under green trees
Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York © Kevin Arnold

About Us

Who We Are

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has worked all around the world to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Collaborative, Science-Based and Innovative

From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, The Nature Conservancy is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. 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: Learn how The Nature Conservancy works to balance the needs of a growing population with those of nature.

The Nature Conservancy is the world’s largest conservation organisation. Founded in 1951 in the United States of America, we now work in 72 countries, with nearly 4,000 staff – including 600 scientists. We’re a not for profit, non-government organisation funded from a range of sources including membership contributions, one-off donations and bequests as well as government and corporate partnerships.

TNC's Australia Program got going in 2002 with Gondwana Link as our first project in Australia. Since then we’re proud to have collaborated with a wide array of partners to support conservation efforts across the country's lands, fresh waterways and oceans.

Our main office is in Melbourne, but our team is also located around the country in places like Cairns, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, rural NSW, Perth and Albany.

The power to protect nature is in your hands.

The challenges facing our natural world have never been greater and the need for bold solutions has never been more urgent. Your generous support will put the best conservation science into action right now.

Western Grey Kangaroos
Western Grey Kangaroos Western Grey Kangaroos are native to the southern and western coastal areas of Australia © Oliver Kay

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.

Rich Gilmore Country Director, TNC Australia