The following organizations actively work to promote conservation or provide preservation education and/or news in Minnesota.

It’s MN Nature’s primary objective to connect people to nature and inspire conservation, so these listings are completely free to you and freely listed. It’s all about sharing and collaborating for a better, Greener Minnesota.

Why? Because our green spaces clean our air, protect us from floods and storms, filter our wastewater, and provide manifold recreation opportunities like birding, hiking, hunting and fishing that improve our well-being and economic prosperity. Our community green spaces, urban forests, state and federal land—like the Superior National Forest—are worth so much.


Blandin Foundation

Clean Water Action

Conservation Minnesota

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

DNR Forest Legacy Program

DNR Forest Stewardship Program

DNR Roadsides for Wildlife Program

DNR Shoreland Management & Restoration Programs

DNR Wildlife Habitat Program

Eagle Center,  National

Envision Minnesota (previously 1000 Friends of Minnesota)

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Friends of the Cloquet Valley State Forest

Friends of the Mississippi River

Great River Greening

Howling for Wolves

The Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)

Land Stewardship Project

Midwest Invasive Plants Network

Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy —Their 2012 Annual Report HERE

Minnesota Conservation Federation

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Minnesota Environmental Action Network

Minnesota Environmental Partnership

Minnesota Land Trust

Minnesota Master Naturalist Program

Minnesota Native Intelligence (Resource)

Minnesota Native Plant Society

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The Minnesota Project

Minnesota Tree Care Advocate (Advisor and Pruner certifications)

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish & Wildlife)

Minnesota Waterfowl Association

Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network (also listed under W)

MN Nature

Mississippi River Fund

The Nature Conservancy

National Parks Conservation Association

Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota

Pheasants Forever, MN chapter (parent organization: Pheasants Forever)

Pollinator Friendly Alliance

Quail Forever, MN chapter (parent organizations: Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever)

REI Foundation

Tree Trust

University of Minnesota Bee Lab

University of Minnesota “My Minnesota Woods” Online Journal

Water Legacy

Wild Ones —Big River, Big Woods Chapter

Wilderness Inquiry

Wildlife Conservation MN, Inc.

Wildlife Rehab Center of Minnesota

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Women’s Woodland Network

If you’d like to add a group to this list, please email:

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded 
to stay out till sundown, for going out, 
I found, was really going in. (J. Muir)


Note: MN Nature does not promote any of these organizations and they are listed here for your information only. Before volunteering or donating funds to any group, please look into conservation organizations’ missions, IRS statements (and spending history), current programs and goals, as well as achievements to determine which group is best aligned to your conservation goals.