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.

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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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Snorkelling

St. Maarten offers great snorkel sites. Leave your heavy diving gear on shore and enjoy a lightweight snorkel-session around the best sites on the island.

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News Articles

Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance does first shark-tagging exercise

PHILIPSBURG--Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) caught and tagged a total of 22 sharks in October as part of a region-wide “Save our Sharks” project. Little is currently known about the status of shark populations in Dutch Caribbean waters, and tagging studies are...
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EU-funded Project to replant coral on local reefs starts

COLE BAY--Nature Foundation started to populate its first coral nursery structures last week in an attempt to repopulate depleted reefs around the island with rare coral species. The first Staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) have been transplanted to the coral...
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Nature Foundation starts shark-tagging programme

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Nature Foundation has initiated its shark-tagging programme as part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Save Our Sharks project, funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. This research is intended to better understand the life...
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Nature Foundation increases sea turtle conservation work

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten has recorded its first successful sea turtle nest of the 2016 nesting season, with a successful nest being recently recorded at Gibbs Bay beach. St. Maarten Nature Foundation has also been collaborating with the University of Groningen and...
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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.