What We Do

The Nature Trust of British Columbia is the oldest and largest provincial land trust in BC. We acquire ecologically significant land usually through purchase or donation. Then we care for this land in order to protect nature with its diversity of wildlife and plants, and their critical habitats.

We are a non-profit, non-advocacy group that seeks a balance between sustaining our environment and sustaining our economy. Collaboration is a hallmark of The Nature Trust’s many years of working with local communities across our province.

Partnership is key to our success. We work with individual donors, foundations, stewardship groups, corporations, and all levels of government to accomplish our goals.

Since 1971, The Nature Trust along with our partners has invested more than $95 million to secure over 70,000 hectares (175,000 acres) of land. This includes over 23,000 hectares (56,000 acres) that is owned, leased or covenanted and over 47,000 hectares (116,000 acres) that is under grazing licenses for our Biodiversity Ranches in the Okanagan.

With every donation a donor makes, we recognize the trust that is being placed in our hands. This is why our organization places a high priority on operating in a fiscally responsible manner. We carry no debt and no mortgages and undertake yearly audits. An Audit, Finance and Investment Board committee establishes policies and reviews quarterly performances. All land acquisitions and funding are approved by the Board.

For yearly highlights of our conservation work, view our Annual Reports.


Meet Our People

The Nature Trust of BC is driven by an exceptional group of professionals with a passion for conservation. A balance of science and business expertise build a solid base of research and experience to save homes for endangered species.

Career Opportunities – Work with us

Thank you for your interest in working with The Nature Trust of BC.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

  • Scholarships & Funds

    Supporting researchers and community members in their quest to seek a better understanding of our natural environment is an integral part of our role as a leading land conservation organization. Learn about available scholarships and funds.

  • Partners

    The Nature Trust of British Columbia greatly appreciates the support of a wide variety of partners including individual donors, corporations, foundations, non-governmental organizations and all levels of government in order to accomplish conservation goals.

  • History

    The Nature Trust of British Columbia was established in 1971 with a $4.5 million grant from the Federal Government in honour of BC’s centennial. Since then, the brightest minds in conservation science and business have built The Nature Trust.

The Nature Trust… is aimed at turning the tide of species and habitat loss… and at building on our history of acquisition and stewardship in cooperation with you.

Dr. Peter Arcese, Director

Discover What We Do

The Nature Trust of British Columbia is dedicated to conserving BC’s biological diversity by securing and managing critical habitat across the province.