The Natural History Society of Jamaica

About NHSJ

The Natural History Society of Jamaica (NHSJ) is a non-profit organization formed in 1940 by members of staff of the Institute of Jamaica and science teachers across Jamaica. Its particular objective was to study the natural history of Jamaica, with special reference to the flora and fauna, about which little was then known and taught. The information gathered was made available to teachers and other interested persons.

The Secretariat is currently based in Kingston but anyone (local and foreign) interested in the flora and fauna of Jamaica can become a member...


  • 1940'sOrganized a series of natural history broadcasts on Radio ZQI (now RJR)....
  • 1950'sLobbied for the declaration of the Ocho Rios Reef as a Marine Park...
  • 1970'sLobbied for improvements to the recreational facilities at the Blue Mountain Peak...
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Field trip to Portland Ridge, Southern Clarendon
First we head for "Sugar Wharf" on the Salt River Road for a brief look at the island's industrial heritage. We will continue our ride via Lionel Town and Portland Cottage to Portland Ridge and concentrate on coastal plants along the road on the northern fringe of the mountain range. During the scouting trip, water birds were spotted, and we will watch out for them again. A bird expert will probably be at hand and assist with identification. After lunch, go for a swim at Jackson Bay (at your own risk) or as an opportunity for photographers, visit the grounds of St. Peter's Church in Alley (built in 1715!). A total of 46 plant species, many of them flowering, have been seen during a scouting trip on April 15, 2017 (see an illustrated list of selected species here).
More information available here.

Our Philosophy

Knowing what exists in our habitats is the key to managing our biodiversity. Fieldtrips are organized to a wide range of habitats across Jamaica to increase the knowledge of our members. They then can in turn educate others.

Membership in the NHSJ is open to all persons interested in Jamaica’s natural environment, with emphasis on its flora and fauna.

Help us to appreciate and preserve Jamaica’s Biodiversity.

Watch Biodiversity in Pictures Slideshow
NHSJ Trip Photos


Past Events


Hike on the Fern Forest Trail and Visit of an Eco Lodge in St. Ann
About 500 different species of ferns grow in Jamaica. The emphasis of this field trip will be on ferns....


Field Trip to the Orange River Research Station of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Clonmel Pottery Highgate, St. Mary)
We will get a tour through their experimental fields. Seedlings may be available...