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How You Can Help
Since the Adopt an Acre® program began in September 1991, more than 30,000 people have raised $22 million to protect 600,000 acres of land. But there is still much work to be done.

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Other Ways to Give
A spider on Big Bluestem grass.
Photo © Chris Helzer/TNC
Boo! Don't let gift and estate planning scare you! By making a planned gift to The Nature Conservancy, you can help protect the lands and waters you love. Contact our Gift Planning Team to learn about all the easy ways to support the Conservancy.

Plant Trees with Odwalla and the Conservancy!
Plant Trees with Odwalla and the Conservancy
Pine tree seedling.
Photo © USFS Region 5/Flickr
You’re invited to join Odwalla and the Conservancy to plant trees in Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco this fall. Events are free and open to the public.

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Great Places
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 Farm to Closet
Portrait of a sheep.
Photo © Nick Hall
Farm to Closet
You've probably heard the phrase "farm to table," but what about "farm to closet?" We're following the journey of a sheep's wool from a sustainably managed ranch in Patagonia as it’s spun, dyed, and knit into a finished beautiful piece.

 Vote for Good, Sustainable Food
Tomatoes and beans.
Image via Flickr user Mike Chaput via Creative commons
Vote for Good, Sustainable Food
The nominations are in for the 2013 People's Choice Nature's Plate Awards, and it's time to vote for which green restaurants will take home top honors. Vote now for your favorite local restaurant that's making an effort to go green and help us spread the word that sustainable=delicious!

 Natural Light: African Animals
Elephant in the Maasai Mara of Kenya, East Africa.
Photo © Robyn Gianni
Natural Light: African Animals
The animals of Africa are iconic, endearing and endangered. See them in their natural habitat, and learn more about how you can help ensure they’ll be around for years to come.

 Chat with Mark Tercek
The Nature Conservancy's President and CEO Mark Tercek.
Photo © Erika Nortemann
Chat with Mark Tercek
Want to sit down with Nature Conservancy President and CEO Mark Tercek? Now's your chance! Ask your questions in our live online Q&A with Mark on October 2 (today!) at 1 p.m. ET. We hope you'll take this opportunity to weigh in on the Conservancy's work around the globe. Submit your questions today via email or Twitter #AskMarkT.

 Teaming Up with Rare
Rare campaign in Indonesia.
Photo © Djuna Ivereigh/Rare
Teaming Up with Rare
We're pleased to share that the Conservancy and long-time partner Rare have announced plans to merge. Rare is an international NGO that designs community-based solutions to global conservation challenges. Together, we can expand and accelerate conservation outcomes.

 Ten Ways to Save the World
Claudia Picone, a staff member with The Nature Conservancy, plants seedlings in the Extrema municipality of Brazil.
Photo © Adriano Gambarini
Ten Ways to Save the World
Want to help save the world? Now through October 4, readers can vote online to award $20,000 to a project that helps people adapt to the impact of climate change. Choose a winner from projects like reducing soil erosion in Haiti or rebuilding mangrove forests in Bangladesh.

 Ask the Conservationist
Farm-fresh vegetables.
Photo © Nick Hall
Ask the Conservationist: Does Eating More Vegetables Mean Using More Water?
Fruits and vegetables need lots of water. So if your diet is primarily vegetable-based, are you using more water than most? What's a water-conscious vegetarian to do?

 Nature Can Help Keep Us Safe
Aerials of coastal destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy storm surge and beach reconstruction along the NJ Shore.
Photo © Bridget Besaw
Nature Can Help Keep Us Safe
Did you know that when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast almost one year ago, the places with the strongest natural systems were least affected? Nature can help keep people, property and wildlife safe. Help us protect our natural defenses along the coast and in places around the globe!

Photo of the Month
Photo of the Month

“The wonderful texture of the rocks and trees of the mountain are created by the water ripples and the riverbed rocks are seen in the blue sky portion of the reflection. I refer to scenes like this as ‘art in nature’.”

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Landscape reflected in the Potomac River, West Virginia
Photo © Kent Mason

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.
Back to School, Not Back Inside
Five tips to get kids outside this fall.
Repackage Your Packaging
Give packaging from your latest purchase a new purpose with these creative ideas.
Embrace Public Transportation
Buses, trains, carpools — find a way to cut down on costs and pollution!
Photo Credits (from top): Photo © Velo Steve/Flickr (Kid and fall leaves); Samantha (This Home Sweet Home)/Flickr (Soup can pencil holders); © JLaw45/Flickr (Metro bus).
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