What We Do
We protect land and water, promote good stewardship, and create opportunities for people to enjoy nature.
Protect Land and Water
Conserving Carolina has helped protect over 45,000 acres! We’ve helped to create great public lands—including DuPont and Headwaters State Forests, Chimney Rock State Park, and numerous local parks, trails, and greenways. We’ve added significant land to Pisgah National Forest. Conserving Carolina also owns some special properties including nature preserves, and places for research and education. In many cases, landowners protect their land with a conservation easement and continue to own it.
Promote Good Stewardship
This region is full of amazing life! We can see incredible wildflowers, witness the monarch migration, and find rare salamanders. We live among some of the greatest biodiversity in the United States. But our native plants and wildlife face serious threats, from habitat loss to climate change. They’re worth protecting! That’s why Conserving Carolina leads stewardship activities like pulling up kudzu, restoring streams, and planting for pollinators. Our volunteer crews make a huge impact. Our stewardship activities also include regularly monitoring over 200 conservation easements and partnering with conservation landowners.
Create Opportunities for People to Enjoy Nature
We help people deepen their connection to the natural world. We’ve helped open many places for recreation, from state parks to local greenways. We build sustainable trails and expand river access. We also guide hikes and lead volunteer days. We run active environmental education programs for children and adults. And our AmeriCorps programs—Project Conserve and Summer of Service—introduce teens and young adults to environmental leadership.