Great Places: Nature in Focus

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San Clemente Dam. Photo © NOAA/Creative Commons

Dam, That’s a Good Idea

The San Clemente Dam removal project not only benefits people and nature, it’s about to make headlines as the biggest and most innovative dam removal project in CA’s history.

 Submit Now Digital Photo Contest
Wakatobi Island, Nda’a Island, Wakatobi Shout East Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Photo © Deni Yulian

Submit Now: Digital Photo Contest

You’re invited to share your unique perspective on our planet by entering Nature in Focus: The Nature Conservancy’s 2013 Digital Photo Contest. We’d like to view the natural world through your lens!

Christina, a 2013 LEAF intern. Photo © Lisa Park/TNC

10 Students Intern for the Outdoors

Ten high school students from Los Angeles are headed to the Conservancy’s Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve and the Disney Wilderness Preserve this summer to learn about careers in conservation as part of the Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program.

Family outdoor adventure. Photo © Anna Bacheller/TNC

Explore CA as a Family

Who says your outdoor adventuring has to stop when the kids are in tow? We’ve got tips and trip ideas for exploring the Golden State as a family this summer.

Colorful kayaks. Photo © chrismetcalf/Flickr via Creative Commons

CA’s Top Five Protected Places to Dip a Paddle

Cool off in the summer heat: Try paddling at one of our top five protected places to kayak in California.

 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
All Hands on Earth artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Photo © Geoff Stanfield

Artists of the Month: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Recycled clothing advocates Macklemore and Ryan Lewis share how they found their musical inspiration at Seattle’s parks and why it’s so important for kids to put down technology and explore nature.

 There’s Mothing To Do
Moth on sneezeweed at Hart Prairie Preserve, Arizona.
Photo © Doug Iverson

There’s Mothing To Do!

Make plans to take your kids on an adventure of discovery and science by celebrating National Moth Week July 20-28. Why moths? With over 11,000 species of these nighttime jewels, moths are both beautiful and offer a variety of ecological benefits.

 A Commitment to Nature
Legacy Club members at Arizona’s Hart Prairie Preserve.
Photo © Meg Thomson

A Commitment to Nature

How do you show your appreciation to our natural world? For the past 20 years, the Conservancy’s devoted Legacy Club members have amazed us with their generous commitments to nature.

 Get Wild, Go Native!
Nancy Heiden’s rain garden.
Photo © TNC

Get Wild, Go Native!

What you do in your garden can help keep nearby lakes and rivers clean. See how one Conservancy supporter created three rain gardens at her home that are beautiful, attract wildlife and keep water on her property and out of the lakes.

 Win an Outdoor Adventure
Zip lining through New River Gorge, West Virginia.
Photo © Adventures on the Gorge

Win an Outdoor Adventure

Summer is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors! Enter to win a tree canopy tour and overnight cabin stay for five people in the beautiful New River Gorge region of West Virginia.

 Ask the Conservationist
Irrigation of corn fields.
Photo © justcallme Johnny/Flickr

Ask the Conservationist: How Will Climate Change Affect Irrigation of Farm Lands?

Climate change models forecast higher average temperatures that will cause crop-growing seasons in the U.S. to become hotter and drier. How will this impact the irrigation needs of agriculture?

Photo of the Month
Photo of the Month

“Bad weather is the perfect recipe for making great photographs.”

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Clouds roll over Louisiana’s Black Bayou Lake near the Ouachita River
Photo © Ian Shive

Go Green Go Green
Explore eco-tips from Nature Conservancy staff and leading environment bloggers on how to make personal, science-based choices to help save the planet. Get more tips at our Everyday Environmentalist web page.
Green Outside Party Kit
Five easy tips to make your summer event eco-friendly!
A Lesson in Berry Picking
Take your kids berry picking for a lesson in where their food comes from.
Get Reel with Your Mower
Keep your yard presentable without any emissions.
Photo Credits (from top): Photo © Velo Steve/Flickr (Grilled vegetables); © jronaldlee/Flickr (Strawberry picking); © (Reel mower). 

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Point Lobos State Reserve near Carmel, California on the Big Sur Coast.
Photo © Patrick Smith
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Protecting Water for People and Nature
Protecting Water for People and Nature

Conserving water isn’t just a movement, it’s a way of life! The Nature Conservancy, Kristen Bell & Neutrogena Naturals want your support in protecting the earth’s most precious resource: water.

TBD Bank Helps Protect Our Forests
TBD Bank Helps Protect Our Forests

As part of the TD Forests program, The Nature Conservancy is teaming up with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to protect critical forests in North America. Over the course of five years beginning in October 2012, The Nature Conservancy will secure the forestland on which over 250,000 trees grow.

Nature Conservancy Magazine
Nature Conservancy Magazine

Every issue of our magazine includes conservation success stories and in-depth articles — plus gorgeous photography from around the world.


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