About Us

About Us

Conserving and protecting the natural resources of The Bahamas, through stewardship and education, for present and future generations.

Created by an Act of Parliament in 1959

This historic legislation authorised the Bahamas National Trust to hold, maintain and manage “lands, tenements and submarine areas of beauty or natural or historic interest…as open spaces, or wildlife sanctuaries, or places of public resort.”

In 2010, the legislation was updated to formalise the BNT as an official advisor to the government and the private sector on development, conservation, and biodiversity issues and policies. We are a non-governmental, non-profit, membership organisation governed by an independent council including representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as from international scientific institutions.

Expedition to the Exuma Cays

Expedition to the Exuma Cays

Dawn of the National Parks

The original legislation also established the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park as the country’s first national park. Six years later, the government turned over to the BNT a large wetland area in central Inagua that became the country’s second national park.

In 1970, the developers of the city of Freeport designated 40 acres on Grand Bahama as the Lucayan National Park, which was then leased to the BNT in 1982. Since then, successive governments have placed more than a million acres of land and sea under our management.

Our vision is to create a comprehensive system of national parks and protected areas, with every Bahamian embracing environmental stewardship.

Our Values

Passion for the environment and the conservation of our natural resources
Education as a key to long-term conservation success
Commitment to the best practices in protected area management
Respect for others as demonstrated through teamwork and partnerships
Integrity, transparency, and accountability
Quality, consistent, reliable service to our constituents