VNC, Voluntary Nature Conservancy (formally known as ‘Vidyanagar Nature Club‘ registered as Public Charitable Trust in India No: E/2659/Anand) is also a registered non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is one of the most versatile organizations active at the grass-root since its inception in 1988, nurturing nature for a better future.
Voluntary Nature Conservancy (VNC) was born in the minds of a few young zealous friends with ideas of sharing the simple joys of bird watching, cycling in the midst of nature, and enjoying being in nature’s lap on the outskirts of urban habitats. It is said that passion and effort are the true friends of constructive change, and it was with this thought that VNC came into being.
The activities of VNC can be divided into three heads, Environment Education, Research & Conservation and Awareness & Advocacy. We, at VNC, strongly believe that an environmentally sensitized society is the only solution to long term conservation and hence all our efforts are towards achieving this objective. Under our environmental education programs, we provide the people with not only the information to make an informed decision but also develop the skills needed to make a positive impact. Under our Research & Conservation head, we have a lot of projects related to understanding human wildlife interaction. These projects include, but are not limited to, crocodiles, wild ass, wolves, forest owlets, and arachnids. All our projects are funded by well-renowned organizations such as The Rufford Small Grants Foundation, Idea Wild, Bombay Natural History Society, The Forest Dept., Govt. Of Gujarat, Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Trust and such. Under Awareness and Advocacy, we carry out the Snakebite Mitigation Program, the tree plantation program, Save the Sparrow project, Greenathon(annual marathon), Save the Vulture program, and drives to reduce pollution. Besides this, we also deal with ongoing environmental issues that occur around us, such as illegal cutting of trees, water pollution, and waste management.
VNC stands tall due to a committed team of volunteers who are the back bone of the activities. The team at VNC is dedicated to conserve the 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 is maintained. This is also done to uphold the faith bestowed on us by our supporters, donors, and volunteers.
Rupen Desai, Donor / Supporter, Maryland, USA
The creation of VNC started with a thought in few friends which slowly became a determination for many!!! It is a team effort of a dedicated administrator, energetic volunteers and friends who puts their heart and soul and are in a true sense a genuine Ambassador(s) of VNC. Thank you for taking up a job many will avoid. I wish you only good and salute your efforts. You will always find my support…………..Cheers!!!
Dr. Harish Padh, Ex. Vice Chancellor, Sardar Patel University
“Voluntary Nature Conservancy (VNC) has been carved out of likeminded people who have a genuine urge to work for the protection of environment. I have seen VNC’s work for a more than a decade now, and it makes me happy to know that such an organization has been working for the betterment of environment in Anand district. The efforts taken by VNC for protection of nature and conservation of the wildlife are enormous. With limited facility and less funding the efforts taken by the organization are huge. I fully appreciate the zeal and approach of the VNC Team, a group of young and enthusiastic people, and volunteers, who are taking lot of efforts to achieve their targets. It gives me in immense pleasure to be associated with them. I wish them all the best and great future.”
Shri Praful Patel, Chairman, Indo-British Cultural Exchange, UK.
I am very proud to be a life member of Vidyanagar Nature Club. The VNC has earned many laurels since its inception. It is theinspirationby dedication and hard work of Shri Dhaval Patel and his many colleagues and lots of supporters, including myself. Its my earnest wish that it becomes a national body and gets more and more recognition abroad. We are indeed looking forward to tie up with them through an MoU between VNC and Indo-British Cultural Exchange, India & UK. I wish God’s speed to VNC’s activities.