When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."
- John Muir

The main focus of the Tetiaroa Society is the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the island of Tetiaroa. In order to accomplish this we have developed four program areas that further our mission.

The first two allow us to gather and apply knowledge of the islands natural systems, and cultural history. The Scientific Research Program fosters cutting edge experimental and applied research that investigates both local and global topics. The Conservation Program uses scientific and traditional knowledge to manage and protect the islands physical and biological systems, and its cultural heritage. 

The second two gather and disseminate knowledge about the island. The Guide Program provides the guests of The Brando resort with in-depth tours and lectures that highlight the natural systems, and cultural history, and inform about on-going scientific and conservation initiatives. The Education Program develops and carries out classroom and field courses for both local and international students from 6th year through University. These courses focus on atoll natural systems, Tetiaroa history, and sustainable development. 



Our conservation efforts encompass monitoring, preservation, and restoration programs related to the marine and terrestrial biodiversity of tropical islands, as well as the preservation of their cultural heritage.


The Tetiaroa Conservation & Sustainable Use Plan provides the rationale for the science programs supported by Tetiaroa Society, especially the Tetiaroa Observatory and Tetiaroa IDEA and a number of Creative Science Programs.


Education is a vital component of Tetiaroa Society’s mission. Our educational programs focus on understanding how our actions influence sustainability, and how sustainability interrelates with the heritage of cultural practices of our islands.