The federal government made a six-figure donation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III on the weekend.

The $100,000 gift on behalf of the newest King caught the non-profit organization off guard when they learned about it last week just days before the coronation.

"It came out of the blue to be brutally honest," Andrew Holland, spokesperson for the NCC said. "It was a really nice surprise."

King Charles has been very outspoken about nature and climate change while he was a prince which Holland believes played a factor in the NCC being selected.

"There's been a long-standing commitment from King Charles to environmental causes and the protection of biodiversity," he said.

The funding will be used towards intern salaries and potentially adding to their team which consists of 65 currently. 

"These interns will be in our communities on our nature reserves looking for maybe illegal dumping, fires, anything that's on the land that shouldn't be there, any misuse of our lands," he said. "In some cases, they'll also be talking to people giving out information on how best to use these lands."   

Their jobs consist of fieldwork, biological inventory, mapping, and looking at ways to remove invasive species and plants to name a few.

A letter from the NCC has been sent to King Charles congratulating him on the coronation and notifying him of the donation. It also includes how the $100,000 will be used and an invitation to check out some of their sites.

"Next time he comes to Canada we'd love it if he wanted to go and tour some of these natural areas and see the important conservation work we're doing," he said. "And to see how some of these interns have put this funding to good use to advance their skills."