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Places We Protect

Use this map or browse the list below to explore the places we protect in Wisconsin.


Since our founding in 1960, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 231,600 acres of land and water in some of Wisconsin’s most critical landscapes. These areas include the Baraboo Hills in Sauk and Columbia counties, the Door Peninsula, the forests of northern Wisconsin, the Mukwonago River watershed in southeast Wisconsin, and the Military Ridge Prairie Heritage area in southwest Wisconsin.

The Nature Conservancy also owns and manages preserves in other locations around the state. Conservancy preserves are open to the public for recreational activities such as hiking, hunting, canoeing, cross-country skiing and wildlife-watching.

PLEASE NOTE: From September to January, gun and bow hunting for deer is allowed on many Conservancy preserves during DNR posted seasons. Remember to wear blaze orange clothing if you will be visiting one of the preserves where we allow hunting during this time period. Hunting is an important management tool that we use to keep the plants, animals and habitats at our preserves healthy and diverse.

Click here to learn more about the Guidelines for Visiting Nature Conservancy Preserves.

North Central Wisconsin

Border Lakes Area
     Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area
     Guido Rahr, Sr. Tenderfoot Forest Reserve

Other Preserves:
Caroline Lake

North East Wisconsin

Wild Rivers Legacy Forest
Wabikon Waters and Woodlands
Green Bay Watershed
Door Peninsula
     Kangaroo Lake
     Mink River Estuary
     Shivering Sands Preserve

South West Wisconsin

Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area (Bob-o-Link Blast bicycling route)
     Barneveld Prairie
     Thomson Memorial Prairie

Other Preserves:
Spring Green Prairie (Spring Green Cactus Cruise bicycling route)

South Central Wisconsin

Baraboo Hills
     Baxter's Hollow
     Hemlock Draw

Other Preserves:
Page Creek Marsh
Quincy Bluff & Wetlands
Summerton Bog
Waubesa Wetlands

South East Wisconsin

Chiwaukee Prairie
Mukwonago River Watershed
     Crooked Creek Preserve
     Lulu Lake Preserve
     Newell and Ann Meyer Nature Preserve
     Pickerel Lake Fen Preserve

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