You’re invited to travel along as we explore our region’s top nature and conservation stories. Throughout the year, our team of intrepid correspondents will visit Conservancy projects and partners, seek out natural events, and report back from the great outdoors.
From the Blue Ridge to the Chesapeake Bay, we’ll bring to life our region’s special places and natural heritage and introduce you to the people who are protecting and restoring nature. We’ll also bring you information on opportunities to do your own exploration.
Bookmark this page for regular reports, and keep track of our latest adventures — even have your say about where we go next — by joining us on Facebook. Now grab your Passport to Nature and let’s go!
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
More Passport Stories
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
In the heart of Charlottesville, 19,000 new native trees and shrubs reshape Meadow Creek. Explore
Travel with us as we go in search of ancient forest giants in a primeval Virginia swamp. Explore
Take a virtual kayak trip down this scenic and ecologically diverse Potomac tributary. 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
Can a severely degraded city stream along Charlottesville's Rivanna Trail be saved? View slideshow
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
Go behind the scenes at the VCU Rice Center as Conservancy staff, partners and distinguished guests celebrate a restoration milestone. Explore now
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
See how recycled oyster shells play a crucial part in bringing back oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay. See the slideshow
10 collection days. 467 hours. 90 volunteers. See why Nature Conservancy volunteers were willing to squeeze into wetsuits all in the name of seagrass. View
About the Authors
Daniel White is a Conservancy senior writer with a growing collection of indie music, dogs and kayaks.
Madeline Breen is a writer and editor for nature.org and spends her free time hiking and mastering the art of weekend travel.
Tom McCann, associate director, has an inappropriate love of seafood, especially oysters, and bike riding.
Kathryn E. Arion, community engagement specialist, has New Hampshire granite in her blood and a love of nature in her heart.