The Nova Scotia Nature Trust was created to protect and conserve our province’s incredible natural legacy. Our world famous coastal landscape and its rugged beauty, our forests, lakeshores and waterways, and the plants, animals, and people who rely on these ecosystems and need them to be healthy.

The properties we protect are beautiful, wild places where people can hike the trails, climb the hills and paddle the lakes. Future generations have a right to experience these same simple pleasures, to keep that timeless connection all humans have to nature.

We protect land in perpetuity so it can be enjoyed by all. We use a strategic, science-driven approach and work with government agencies, landowners, local communities and other conservation organizations.

The Nature Trust protects nearly 100 conservation properties across Nova Scotia totaling 11,000 acres. These lands will be protected — forever.

100 Wild Islands. Photo: Nick Hawkins

What is a Land Trust?

A land trust is a non-profit, charitable organisation whose focus is the conservation of privately owned land. Your support of a land trust is especially critical in Nova Scotia, where 70% of the province and 85% of its coastline is privately owned. This is the highest rate of private ownership in Canada.

The conservation of privately owned land is done through land protectionland stewardship and outreach & education.

Time is Running Out

Our province is blessed with stunning landscapes and a rich diversity of flora and fauna. This is a natural legacy we all treasure and share. Yet every day, many natural areas are irreversibly damaged or destroyed, and our natural legacy lost. History shows that we can’t presume these places will be here for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. So please donate. Please volunteer. Work with the Nature Trust to protect these places now, today, before it’s too late.

Nova Scotia’s Own

The Nature Trust is Nova Scotia’s only conservation charity dedicated exclusively to protecting our province’s unique natural legacy. Our focus is on Nova Scotia only. Our conservation lands provide a network of spectacular wild places we can learn about, explore and enjoy—now and always.

Use the Property Explorer to see the conservation successes made possible with the support of donors, volunteers, and conservation partners.

Join Us to ensure that future generations will experience and enjoy the same beautiful and ecologically vibrant Nova Scotia that we all cherish today.


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Give today to make a tangible, lasting impact on protecting Nova Scotia's most special places. Thank you for your support!


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