Places We Protect

Head outside and experience Maryland/DC's great places for yourself!

Together with partners, local landowners and people like you, we have helped to protect over 75,000 acres of private and public land across Maryland and the District.  We own 31 preserves in the area, including Nassawango Creek, the state of Maryland's largest private nature preserve.

Want to visit a Nature Conservancy preserve, but don’t know where to start?  Use the resources on this page to help plan your exploration of the places you are helping us protect.

  • Download an audio tour!  These recorded chronicles will take you on narrated journeys along trails in 16 different preserves.  

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
Nanjemoy Creek
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

Exploration Resources

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

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


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