St. Maarten Nature Foundation

Protecting the Natural Areas of St. Maarten

St. Maarten Nature Foundation

Protecting the Natural Areas of St. Maarten

Welcome to the St. Maarten Nature Foundation

 

The Nature Foundation is a non-profit organisation located on the island of St. Maarten in the heart of the Caribbean. The foundation aims to preserve and enhance the natural environment of St. Maarten for generations to come.

Research and Monitoring

From sea turtle conservation to water quality testing. The Nature Foundation runs research and monitoring projects on St. Maarten.

Protecting our Environment

The Nature Foundation manages the St. Maarten Man of War Shoal National Marine Park, the only designated nature park area of the island.

Education and Awareness

The Nature Foundation actively promotes environmental awareness in the community and teaches the value of nature on local schools.

Help protect St. Maarten’s nature by donating to the Nature Foundation.

Visit our Donate Section

Diving

With over 30 maintained dive moorings, divers can enjoy a great variety underwater scenery. Wreck sites and beautiful reef sites offer superb dives and an unforgettable experience.

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News Articles

French Vessel Caught Illegally Anchoring at Sint Maarten Dive Site

Last week during a Nature Foundation Patrol on the Patrol Vessel Yellowtail Nature Foundation staff found a vessel called Vagansa and belonging to a French-side dive operator to be anchored illegally at the Charlie’s Shoal dive site. Like the Marine Park and based on...
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Nature Foundation Finds Immature Conch Unsustainably Harvested, Suggests New Regulations for Harvesting Conch

Recently the Nature Foundation found numerous immature conch being harvested in the anchorage zone of Simpson Bay. Based on Nature Foundation research 70% of the harvested conchs did not form a so called ‘flared lip’ and are considered to be immature, the remaining...
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Nature Foundation Educates Community on Reducing Plastic Use during Successful Beach Cleanup

Last Sunday the Nature Foundation organized a beach cleanup on Simpson Bay Beach as part of the ‘Save our Sharks’ project in collaboration with the Dutch-based Boskalis Beach Clean Up tour. The Boskalis tour is an initiative of the North Sea Foundation where business,...
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Nature Foundation organizes Beach Cleanup as part of Kingdom Wide activity

On Sunday the 13th of August the Nature Foundation will be organizing a beach cleanup on Simpson Bay Beach as part of the ‘Save our Sharks’ project in collaboration with the Boskalis Beach Clean Up tour. The Boskalis tour is an initiative of the North Sea Foundation...
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Dutch Television Crew on Island to Film Nature Foundation Activities

Last week, the well-known Dutch Television show ‘Bestemming’ was on Sint Maarten to film and document Nature Foundation’s activities that are funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. The Dutch television episode will mainly showcase the work done by the...
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Nature Foundation Partners with Ocean Explorers to Host International Women’s Dive Day

Last Saturday the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation partnered with Ocean Explorer’s Dive Center to host PADI International Women’s Dive Day .Women’s Dive Day is an international initiative aimed at closing the unnecessary gender gap that currently exists within the scuba...
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Species

St. Maarten is home to a multitude of species, ranging from reef fish, lizards, insects and bats to numerous birds. Browse our species below or visit our nature section to learn more.