Grab your Passport to Nature! Join us as we explore our region’s special places and natural heritage and introduce you to the people who are protecting and restoring nature. We'll also share ways for you to plan your own adventure. Let's go!
A trek into the Great Dismal Swamp reveals its rich, yet troubled, past and challenges to its future. Come along
Captain Monty Hawkins is seeking restoration of mid-Atlantic coral reefs. Can he prove they even exist? Come aboard
A proposed marine sanctuary in the Potomac River offers history, mystery and eerie natural beauty. Go ghost hunting
In a wetland crawling with colorful creatures, will our explorers find the most elusive salamander? Join the search
More Passport Stories
Take a gonzo journey to the heart of nature and culture in Virginia’s Allegheny Highlands. Hitch a ride
Descend into abandoned mines with researchers studying bats and a deadly fungus. Explore
On a cold day at one of Maryland’s coldest preserves, signs of life abound. Explore
Bill Owen cooks up lunch and Virginia's largest planting of longleaf pine. Let's eat
A D.C.-region birder reflects on a natural phenomenon at Delaware Bay. Explore
This Registered Natural Landmark offers peaceful views just an hour from DC. Start your hike
Take a “trial run” along newly restored sections of Meadow Creek and the Rivanna Trail. Explore
Newly reopened trails reward you with Rappahannock River views and bald eagle sightings. Explore
Visit Warm Springs for outdoor adventures and an inspiring conservation story. Explore
Planning for large-scale oyster restoration on the Nanticoke River in Maryland. Explore
Travel with us as we go in search of ancient forest giants in a primeval Virginia swamp. Explore
A trip to Virginia's Piney Grove Preserve proves that nature will always be the best reality show. Tune in
Travel along as our 2012 LEAF interns learn about rivers, mountains and themselves. Explore
Visit an Eastern Shore Farm that stands to feed cleaner water to the Chesapeake Bay. Explore
A new partnership with Frostburg State University may yield keys to rare habitat’s resilience. Explore
A third-generation logging family is helping bring back healthy forests to Nassawango Creek Preserve. Explore now
Our fire team burns more than 1,000 acres on Warm Springs Mountain — and they're just getting warmed up! Explore
Tom McCann goes whale watching with the Virginia Aquarium and finds much to celebrate along with some serious challenges. Come aboard
Take a virtual hike with us along a rugged and beautiful trail on Bear Island in the Potomac Gorge. Let's go
Follow our LEAF interns from the Potomac Gorge to Warm Springs Mountain as they gain inspiration and experience from our lands and waters. Go now
Our Passport to Nature correspondents cover the best that nature has to offer in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.
Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Daniel White is a Conservancy senior writer and editor of Passport to Nature.
Lindsay Renick Mayer is an associate director of marketing for the Conservancy based in Bethesda, Maryland.
Kathryn Arion is a Conservancy community engagement specialist based in Bethesda, Maryland.