Pair of Yellow Warblers by Brett MacKinnon


Prince Edward Island, or Epekwitk in Mi’kmaq (meaning “lying in the water”), is a small sandstone gem at the edge of the Atlantic. It is the smallest Canadian province and also the most densely populated. Often likened to a patchwork quilt, PEI has a gently rolling landscape of fields and forests, with fingers of small, spring-fed cold-water brooks everywhere, feeding rich coastal bays.

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Islanders cherish the natural beauty of their green and red home; it is Island Nature Trust’s home too. We are the Island’s first and oldest private land trust, working since 1979 to protect land in PEI and manage it responsibly. We believe we need to retain some land as undeveloped, for its intrinsic and wildlife values, but also to provide the natural services Islanders depend on for clean water, clean air and a livable environment.

PEI’s population is growing and our rural landscapes are under increased pressure from residential development, resource use and climate change. Now more than ever there is a great need for Islanders to work together to protect the natural assets we love while ensuring we support a sustainable way of life for Islanders. Island Nature Trust invites you to join us in working to protect the Island’s natural spaces, both for our children and the diversity of wildlife that live here.

Our Mandate


Island Nature Trust is a non-government, not-for-profit organization dedicated to protection and management of Natural Areas on Prince Edward Island (Canada). We acquire lands to be held in trust for future generations, manage these lands as an example of appropriate and sustained use, and help private owners voluntarily protect their lands. We work with government and private landowners to create a true natural areas network on Prince Edward Island, consisting of core protected areas connected by corridors.


To create a legacy of natural areas and wildlife habitats for future generations.


We envision a network of protected natural areas across PEI, sustained by the love and generosity of Islanders today for the enjoyment of Islanders and wildlife tomorrow.


In a race against time, our mission is to preserve and steward forever a network of natural areas and wildlife habitats across PEI and bring together those who care about preserving PEI’s natural legacy for future generations.

We are a key provider of technical, science-based knowledge on land stewardship and wildlife in PEI for landowners, governments and partner environmental groups.

We provide mentorship and employment opportunities to people committed to land stewardship, conservation research and wildlife monitoring who will continue building on the long tradition of Island Nature Trust as the premiere land trust on the Island.


Island Nature Trust is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who provide the strategic direction and priorities for the organization. The work on the ground is completed by dedicated and professional staff along with superb volunteer guardians.

Our work is founded upon and guided by the following core values:

  1. Care and responsibility for the land: We are committed to environmentally and socially responsible management of natural areas in PEI
  2. Integrity and respect: We are dedicated to integrity and respect in all dealings with staff, members, clients and partners
  3. Excellence: We are a professional, science-based, strategic-minded organization that is committed to excellence, efficiency and safety in all activities
  4. Collaborative: We work in good faith to achieve common goals through discussion and cooperation. Our approach to decision-making is transparent, consultative and fiscally responsible

Island Nature Trust’s constitution, bylaws and governance policy:

Ways to Give:

Donate your ecologically
important land for Island Nature Trust to protect in perpetuity.

Donate cash to help us acquire 10% of PEI natural areas and our partners will multiply your contribution.

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Donate cash to the
stewardship fund to ensure the long-term integrity of our natural areas.

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