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.


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.

News Articles

Second Simpson Bay Lagoon clean-up organized by EPIC and St Maarten Nature Foundation

After the great success of the first Simpson Bay Lagoon clean-up on the 14th of January, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) and the St Maarten Nature Foundation are announcing the next Simpson Bay Lagoon cleanup event. On Sunday the 4th of February the...

Nature Foundation Intercepts Poachers in Marine Park, Seized Fish Donated to White and Yellow Cross Foundation

Adhering to no fishing rules of the Marine Park important to rebuilding local fish stocks Staff of the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation intercepted the vessel Oyster, with registration number SX1438, that was found poaching illegally in the Man of War Shoal National...

Nature Foundation Teams up With Princess Cruise Lines, Fathom Travel and Carib Resorts to Clean up Guana Bay Beach

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation teamed up with Cruise Passengers from Princess Cruise Lines, Fathom Travel and Carib Resorts in cleaning garbage and hurricane debris from Guana Bay Beach, Sint Maarten’s most critical turtle nesting beach and one of the beaches...

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Assists Law Enforcement during Tuesday Morning Cole Bay Fire

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation assisted law enforcement officers with battling the Cole Bay Fire on Tuesday Morning. Nature Foundation staff noticed a large fire close to the organization’s Cole Bay office and upon responding to the event noticed that law...

Over 100 Volunteers Show up for Simpson Bay Lagoon Clean-Up Event; Some Three Tons of Trash Removed

Last Sunday the Simpson Bay Lagoon clean up event organized by the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation and Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) received a massive turn out with more than one hundred volunteers coming together to make a difference for the...

Miami Based School teams up with Well-known Beach Clean-up Foundation and the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation to Clean Mullet Bay

Students from the Gulliver Middle School in Miami, with the Support of Hollywood Casino, joined forces with renown Ocean Cleanup Organization 4Ocean and the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation in cleaning up beaches and wetlands in Sint Maarten. The Students organized the...

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February 17th  ·  

***repairing coral reefs***one of our artificial reefs was damaged by a boat anchor recently, damaging dozens of heads of coral and detaching them from the substrate. Together with Mel and a @sea_fairy we were able to reattach the coral heads using underwater epoxy.
#coral #restoration #damage #damagecontrol #coralreefs #diving #scubadiving #coralrestoration #ocean #sea #caribbean #caribbeansea #CSI #uwphotography #photooftheday #videooftheday #gopro #hero5 #hardcoral #iyor2018 #natureisourfuture @naturefoundationstmaarten
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February 12th  ·  

Today we cleaned up our own backyard! Since we have been doing so many cleanups of beaches and wetlands we kinda lost track of the small mangrove habitat behind our workshop in Cole Bay! Nature Foundation staff were joined by Staff of New Wave/ Madco Marina and Aquatic Solutions SXM in cleaning up what we consider ‘our’ mangroves. Good job team! ... See MoreSee Less

February 8th  ·  

St Maarten Nature Foundation and EPIC organized successful Second Simpson Bay Lagoon clean-up

Last Sunday the St Maarten Nature Foundation, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) and the ‘A Bit at a Time’ initiative of Mason Chadwick organized an another successful cleanup event. Approximately 70 volunteers came out in order to clean the Simpson Bay Lagoon coastline.This cleanup saw the largest amount of trash ever collected for an event organized by the Foundations with eight fully loaded large trucks leaving with trash and hurricane debris. The island ‘Little Key’ and the lagoon area across from the airport entrance up to Sixt Car Rental are now completely clean of hurricane debris and garbage. The Foundations are urging the community to keep it that way.

A large thanks goes to the VROMI Ministry and Toontje Buncamper and team for the removal of all the trash and the safe traffic coordination. A special thanks goes to the St. Maarten Coast Guard Kustwacht Caribisch Gebied team who due to their tireless effort left the entire coastline clean. Island Water World donated heavy duty gloves, reusable bags and t-shirts.

The organizations are asking the public to stay tuned for the following cleanup event, which will be the important wetland area Mullet Pond on the 24th of February. The community is also urged to responsibly dispose their garbage, trash laying around will end up in our marine and lagoon ecosystem impacting this fragile system and our own health.

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February 8th  ·  


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.