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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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, but there are also flowering plants to see. Mr. Patrick Lewis (Herbarium, Dept. Life Sci., UWI, Mona), Ms. Judeen Meikle (Ministry of Agriculture) and Dr. Trevor Yee (formerly Natural Products Institute, UWI, Mona) will assist with identification. Ferns, a moss and flowering plants seen on a brief scouting trip in early February 2017 are compiled in a separate PDF here.
We will explore the Fern Forest Trail and are expected at Durga's Den for lunch. 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


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...


Field Trip to St. Thomas with an emphasis on photography
We will be guided by an accomplished Jamaican photographer. Botany Bay is among the sites to be visited....