About Us

All activities are carried out by team of zealous & dedicated Volunteers.

Back in 1988, as teenager we did not have a slightest idea that we would initiate a full time NGO that will strive to environmentally sensitize thousands of youth if not millions. Voluntary Nature Conservancy (VNC) was born in the minds of a few young zealous friends with ideas of sharing simple joy of bird watching, cycling in the midst of nature, and enjoying being in nature’s lap at the outskirts of urban habitats. It’s said passion and efforts are true friends of constructive change.

Presently, VNC formally known as ‘Vidyanagar Nature Club’ (registered as Public Charitable Trust No: E/2659/Anand, Gujarat, India) is one of the most versatile grass root NGOs working for the cause of environment. Its working areas are inclusive of community based environmental programs, wildlife conservation through research, sustainable education programs at grass root levels and schools, close to nature hobby development efforts and programs for reducing pollution, eco-friendly drives, tree plantation programs and much more. VNC stands strong in conserving the environmental treasures of Vallabh Vidyanagar and Gujarat at large.  VNC stands tall due to a committed team of volunteers who are the back bone of the activities and hence it’s aptly gets its name as ‘Voluntary Nature Conservancy’. The team at VNC is dedicated to conserve environment and make sustainable efforts towards the same. The team believes in being rooted in the community and clarity of work; as a result complete transparency in the transactions (related to both fiscal and non-fiscal matters i.e. economic clarity and clarity of work) is maintained. This is also done to uphold the faith bestowed on us by our supporters, donors and volunteers.


Governing body consists of five Trustees, which is guided by five member Advisory committee.

Honorary Advisors to VNC

Shri Duleep Matthai - Honorary Adviser
Shri Duleep Matthai - Honorary Adviser

Founder trustee of WWF- for nature, India, Member of Honor – WWF-International, Ex. Board member – Wildlife Institute of India, Ex. Member – Indian national committee of IUCN, Ex. Member -Indian Board for Wildlife Govt. of India, Ex. Executive Vice Chairman – National Wastelands Development Board Govt. of India, Ex. Member- National Committee of Environmental Planning & Coordination Govt. of India, Ex. Member – National Committee of Environmental Planning Govt. of India, Ex. Member – National Environmental Advisory Committee Govt. of India, Ex. Vice Chairman & Founding Member, Board of Governors – Indian Institute of Forest Management Ministry of Environmental & Forest, Govt. of India, Ex. “Eminent Environmentalist” Member- National Environmental Council, Govt. of India, Ex. Chairman- Policy & Planning Advisory Committee TRAFFIC India, Founder Member, Board of Governors- Foundation for Ecological Security, New Delhi. These are the few environmental positions held apart from his several professional posts.

Dr Amrita Patel - Honorary Adviser
Dr Amrita Patel - Honorary Adviser

Ex-Chairperson of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Chairperson- Foundation for Ecological Security & Shri Krishna Medical Hospital, Director od Rserve Bank of India, Director in several companies of Tata Group. Among several awards received by her include Padma Bhushan (one of the highest national Honour)by the Govt. of India; bestowed with Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar for her whole hearted efforts for conservation of Environment, she is also board member of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and many other similar organizations.

Late Bharat Patel (Honorary Adviser)
Late Bharat Patel (Honorary Adviser)

Ex Chairperson ‘The Sardar Gunj Mercantile Co-op Bank ltd’, Ex. Trustee- Angles Education Society, are few positions held among numerous others, he was leading trader, businessman and also an environmentalist at heart.

Honorary Trustees of VNC India

Dhaval Patel
Dhaval Patel Hon.Managing Trustee

Founder & Honorary Managing Trustee Initiated nature club activities while studying in school, attended Nature leadership training at Khadakvasla, associated with many organizations like Friends of the Earth, World Wildlife Fund, Green Peace etc. to name a few. He is founder & fulltime trustee of VNC, looks after all day to day activities. He is also Co-opted Member: Animal Welfare Board of India, Government of India. Honorary Wildlife Warden: Anand district, by Govt. of Gujarat. Secratary: Bhaikaka Foundation, Trustee: Sardar Vallabhbhai Trust.
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Honorary Trustees of VNC USA

Voluntary Nature Conservancy Inc. Randolph, NJ USA.
In August 2014, VNC got registered as (NPO) public charity with IRS and has been assigned Tax ID # 0477678774  &  EIN:47-1531159
VNC USA is a tax-exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).
All contributions to VNC are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules and regulations.
You may contact either trustee in USA or [email protected] for information on how your contribution will be utilized.

Associations & Collabrations of VNC


  • ANALA [Ahmedabad Nature Lovers Association], Ahmedabad, (since our inception)
  • BJVM Commerce College, V V Nagar, Gujarat.
  • Community Science Center, S P University.
  • Department of Bio-science, Sardar Patel University.
  • Dhara Biotech, Sarsa, Anand.
  • Forest Department, Anand Division.
  • Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), Anand.
  • N V Patel Science College, V V Nagar.
  • Nature Club Surat, Gujarat.
  • Nature Education & Environment Development School, Baroda.
  • Society for Action & Research (SOAR), Ahmedabad.
  • The Corbett Foundation, Mumbai.
  • The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Trust, Anand.
  • VP & RPTP Science College, V V Nagar, Gujarat.
  • Wildlife Trust of India, Gujarat division.
  • And many other similar institutions, Schools, Colleges etc.


  • VNC is a special NGO member with GEA(Global Environmental Action)’s Virtual Globe, Japan. VNC has attended   5 seminars and summits held in Japan, hosted by them.
  • VNC is accredited NGO by GEF (Global Environmental Facility, Washington DC, USA) GEF is flagship agency of UN for Environmental funding.
  • VNC is member of SAYEN (South Asia Youth & Environment Network) which is supported by UNEP (United Nation’s Environment Program).
  • VNC is registered with JEEF (Japan’s Environmental Education Forum)
  • VNC is also member with: EGA, (Environmental Grant Makers association)
  • Mountain Forum, Nepal.
  • The Rufford Foundation, UK.
  • Idea Wild, USA.

VNC Family

VNC is not just an organisation it is a Way of Life, and those who become Volunteers once, connect with it for an entire life, becoming a part of a big extended Family.

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A – I J – P Q – Z Family members from Abroad
Aashka Patel Janki Davda Qazi Gazala Adham
Anirudh Iyer Jay Suthar Radha Patel Ali Mahmoud
Anirudh Vasawa Jeet Suthar Rahil Shah Alexander Emelianenko
Ankur Makwana Jenish Patel Anais Louzolo
Anshuman Jha Jilesh Patel Raj Patel Anja Jug
Anuj Patel Jimit Patel Raju Mangukiya Colin Harwell
Anuja Gohil Jinesh Shah Ravi Singh Cornelia Steudner
Apurva Mahida Kalp Thakar Richail Saraiya Dragica Jeremic
Arjun Vithlani Kalpesh Rathwa Riya Shah Dreamland
Ashish Muley Kamlesh Parekh Roopin Patel Fan Siqian
Avani Patel Karan Patel Rucha Dave Hana Chen
Bhargav Patel Karishma Panchal Ruchir Dave Hannah Tirrell-Wysocki
Bhaumik Rajdeep Khushboo Patel Sachin Patel Jacklin Hoole
Bhavik Shukla Khyati Mehta Sahil Patel Jerome
Bhoomi Solanki Kirtan Pilot Sahil Qureshi Jose Benado
Bignesh Thakur Krutarth Patel Saurabh Desai Julian Teege
Bimal Patel Maitreya Bhatt Shelvina Joseph Karen
Binoy Patel Meera Shloka Ashar Lucy Hawker
Brahmjyot Singh Megha Patel Shohini Patel Nadia Hijner
Chetan Fumakiya Meghan Patel Shreyash Patel Noha Osman
Chinmay Macwan Mehul A Patel Sneha Nair Shereen Ramadan
Chintan Masani Mehul B Patel Subham Parmar Shin Fujimoto
Deepa Chandrashekhar Mukesh Dave Tejas Patel Tetsuhisa Fujii
Deval Patel Naman Patel Ujas Harsora Toru Ishizaka
Deval Shah Nayan Thakkar Urvi Dave Valdimir Emelianeko
Dhanlaxmi Bhosale Nazima Urvik Patel
Dhaval Mehta Neeraj Parmar Vatsal
 Dhwanil Patel Neesh Patel Vibha Chudashma
Divyaraj Bhrambhatt Nidhi sanghrajka Vijay Dabhi
Girish Patel Nikolai Viral Vadodariya
Gopi Vyas Nikunj Bhatt Vishal Mistry
Grace Francis Nilesh Parekh Vishal Patel
Gunjan Buch Nilima Patel Yamini Patel
Harshil Patel Nilkhil Parekh
Hemal Patel Niyati Patel
Het Patel Parin Gajjar
Hiren Patel Phoram Patel
Ishani Dave Pooja Gandhi
Pradhyuman Sindha
Pragnesh Makwana
Pranali Brahmbhatt
Pranoti Muley
Pratha Bhrambhatt
Prathmesh Patel
Pratik Patel (Guru)
Priti Patel