The National Trust has been “Protecting the future of Cayman’s heritage” since its inception in 1987. A not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, the Trust was created by the Cayman Islands National Trust Law (as revised) to preserve the history and biodiversity of the Cayman Islands. Through our work, the Cayman Islands government is able to meet many of its international environmental obligations.
With over 700 members, and thousands of supporters, the Trust has been able to:
- preserve about 5% of the land mass of the Cayman Islands including the Mastic Reserve
- preserve 11 important historic sites including Mission House
- offer exciting programs like traditional cooking classes and a guest lecture series, and
- reach thousands of school children
Our environmental programmes focus on preserving threatened habitats and environmentally significant sites, and Trust staff conduct scientific field research on Cayman’s native and indigenous species. We offer activities like guided hikes through the Mastic Reserve and birding excursions. Across all three Islands, we are establishing a system of protected areas that are essential for the survival of Cayman’s native plants and species.
Our historic programmes focus on preserving sites deemed historically significant. Trust owned properties include the Mission House in Bodden Town and Fort George in George Town. Our historic activities promote awareness and appreciation of Cayman’s built heritage.
Our education programmes cater to a broad cross spectrum of residents and visitors. Trust staff give presentations in schools, lead class field trips, and educate the public through activities like birding hikes and historic walking tours. We also offer exciting lectures, traditional cooking classes and numerous outreach events which open a world of knowledge and discovery.
Trust initiatives like the Blue Iguana Recovery programme are helping endangered species return from the brink of extinction. Help us protect the future of Cayman’s heritage and become a Trust member or volunteer today!