Frequently Asked Questions

What is Adopt an Acre®?

Adopt an Acre® is a Nature Conservancy program that began in 1991 to protect the world’s most important and imperiled natural places. You may adopt an acre at $50 an acre in the following locations:

In addition, for $50, you may plant 50 trees in Brazil's Atlantic Forest through our Plant a Billion Trees Campaign.

What is Adopt a Coral Reef?

Adopt a Coral Reef is a Nature Conservacy program that protects coral reefs in The Bahamas,Palau, Dominican Republic and Papua New Guinea. You can learn more about all the Adopt a Coral Reef projects at

How is my donation used when I adopt an acre or a coral reef?

When you give to Adopt an Acre® or Adopt a Coral Reef, our scientists and field staff identify key conservation strategies to ensure the lasting protection of your acre. Some of these strategies include:

  • Acquiring land
  • Planting trees and restoring native vegetation
  • Conducting scientific field research to identify and protect key fish breeding sites
  • Hiring and training park guards and staff to protect against illegal logging and poaching
  • Working with private landowners to establish permanent conservation easements
  • Helping to enforce environmental regulations and combat illegal fishing activities

For symbolic adoptions, your donation will be used to support Conservancy programs in the state or country that you designated. If you did not choose a location, your donation will be used to support established Adopt an Acre programs as well as other important Conservancy work. All other Adopt an Acre and Adopt a Coral Reef donations will benefit the specific program you selected, with up to 10 percent of your honorary gift may be applied by the Conservancy as unrestricted to cover any costs, such as direct and indirect costs to implement, administer and market the Adopt an Acre® or Adopt a Coral Reef programs.

How does a Where You Want to Help Most: Symbolic Adoption differ from donating to one of the locations listed above?

We have expanded the Adopt an Acre program to allow you to symbolically adopt lands and waters in the areas that mean the most to you. You can now designate the state or country to benefit from your donation — supporting the conservation work that is relevant to you.

Who owns the land purchased through the Adopt an Acre® program?

Your adoption of an acre is symbolic and does not denote ownership. The Conservancy works with a network of local partners and believes that in most cases land is best managed when it remains in local hands. In some cases, the land acquired through Adopt an Acre is incorporated into already established parks and protected areas.

How much does it cost to adopt one acre?

It costs $50 per acre. You may also adopt half an acre for $25.

What do I get when I adopt?

When you adopt one or more acres in established Adopt an Acre sites, you will receive the following adoption packet:

  • Personalized certificate commemorating your generosity
  • Fact sheet
  • Colorful magnet collection
  • Four issues of Nature Conservancy magazine (plus, we’ll rush the latest issue of the magazine to you or your gift recipient)
  • An invitation to create a personalized nature homepage on
  • Great Places E-Newsletter subscription to our monthly e-communication with local conservation updates, enviro-tips you can use and stunning nature photography downloads.

Adopt an Acre Symbolic Adoption gift packages, do not include the personalized certificate, fact sheet or magnet set. You can find printable gift announcements and Adopt an Acre certificates, which you can personalize, on our web site.

How long will it take before I get my adoption package?

Your Adopt an Acre or Coral Reef welcome packet will take 2-4 weeks to arrive in the mail.

I want to give Adopt an Acre or Coral Reef as a gift before the package arrives — what can I give the gift recipient now?

If you donate online, during the donation process you will have the option to send your gift recipient an Adopt an Acre e-card announcing your gift on any day you choose. You can also find these ecards on our web site to send at your convenience.

In addition, you can find printable gift announcements and Adopt an Acre certificates, which you can personalize, on our web site.

Can I visit my acre?

Your adoption of an acre is symbolic and does not denote ownership. However, many of the established sites in the Adopt an Acre program are open to the public and have accommodations for travelers. However, please remember to travel responsibly as unsustainable tourism is often a major threat.

How can I get updates about my acre?

Adopt an Acre asks our in-country field staff to share updates with Adopt an Acre members every few months. If you give us your e-mail address, we will be sure to send these updates out to you. We will also post them on the web site

How can I get my school involved in Adopt an Acre® or Coral Reef?

You may send a check directly to the Adopt an Acre or Adopt a Coral Reef programs. Please include a letter letting us know a bit more about your fundraising efforts. We always love to hear from our members!

How do I donate to Adopt an Acre® or Coral Reef?

You can donate to Adopt an Acre or Coral Reef online, by mail or over the phone. Please make checks payable to The Nature Conservancy.

  • PHONE: 1-800-84-ADOPT
  • MAIL: The Nature Conservancy
    Adopt an Acre/Adopt a Coral Reef
    4245 N. Fairfax Drive
    Arlington, VA 22203

Can I give Adopt an Acre® or Coral Reef as a gift?

Yes! To give a gift online, please visit If giving by phone or mail, please specify that this is a gift to another person and include that person’s full name and mailing address. You can also access the adoption gift option through the green gift guide at

Please note that you cannot currently give Choose Your Acre as a gift.