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Places We Protect

Use this map and the lists below to explore the preserves and places we protect in Maryland/DC

We work with partners, landowners, and people like you to protect Maryland and DC’s land, water and wildlife. 

Want to visit a Nature Conservancy preserve, but don’t know where to start?  Download an audio tour!  These recorded chronicles will take you on narrated journeys along trails in 13 different preserves.  

Please review our visitation guidelines for Conservancy preserves and use the resources on this page to help plan your exploration of the places you are helping us protect. Looking for a getaway that’s an easy drive from DC? Download our map of preserves within a 2.5-hour drive.

JUST ADDED at select preserves - geocaching.  Geocaching is a fast-growing hobby that provides an exciting way to explore the landscape and share special places with other outdoor enthusiasts.

While enjoying Maryland's great outdoors during hunting season, remain mindful of hunters and wear orange for your safety. For more information, visit the Department of Natural Resources web site.

Preserves You Can Visit

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
Choptank Wetlands
Cranesville Swamp
Finzel Swamp
Frank M. Ewing/Robinson Neck
Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve
Nassawango Creek
Potomac Gorge/Bear Island
Selinger Marsh
Sideling Hill Creek
Third Haven Woods

Partner Sites You Can Visit

Explore these natural areas that TNC played a role in protecting

Black Marsh Natural Area
Oxbow Nature Preserve
Sugarloaf Mountain

Our Priority Natural Systems

Allegany Forests
Central Appalachians
Chesapeake Bay
Mid-Atlantic Seascape
Nanjemoy Creek
Nanticoke River

Exploration Resources

Other Places We Protect
These preserves and wild places further important conservation efforts

Preserve Audio Tours
It's like having a naturalist in your pocket

Explore the landscape and share special places

Protecting Maryland's Water
Ensuring quality drinking water for the region

Conservancy Projects on Public Lands
Preserving public spaces for people and nature

Guide to Natural Areas
Explore MD's unique landscapes and special places

Outdoor Activities in Maryland
Create your own outdoor adventure!

National Parks in Washington, D.C.
23 national parks await in the nation's capital

We’re Accountable

The Nature Conservancy makes careful use of your support.

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