Think you have to cross the country or spend a lot to create worthwhile memories? Think again. Use our Preserve Map to discover low-cost natural beauty close to home. And with all the money you save, don’t forget to tip your hostess, Mother Nature!
From $1 to $1,000, your savings can make a big difference for nature and people:
$1 - $5 (The cost of a carnival ride):
- $1 could buy five oysters, helping restore reef habitats in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
- $1 could buy one bare-root seedling to restore Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve.
- $5 could remove 2.5 feet of drainage tile from a farm field, to restore it to wetland.
- $1 could buy 12 ounces of seed to stabilize disturbed beds and benefit wildlife.
- $5 could construct one foot of hiking trail on West Branch Research and Demonstration Forest or Brush Mountain Woodlands, providing a high-quality experience for recreationalists while minimizing ecological impacts.
- $1 could collect 100 eelgrass seeds to restore vast sea grass habitats for fish, crabs and scallops at the Virginia Coast Reserve.
- $1 could track the health of one newborn red-cockaded woodpecker, Virginia’s rarest bird, until it leaves the nest at Piney Grove Preserve.
In West Virginia:
- $1 could buy one red spruce seedling to help restore Central Appalachian forests.
$25-$50 (The cost of a tank of gas):
- $50 could buy 60,000 baby oysters to help restore an oyster reef on Martha's Vineyard.
- $50 could pay for one acre of invasive species control.
- $50 could help create habitat for one Jefferson salamander.
- $50 could protect five cave invertebrates.
In Rhode Island:
- $50 could buy 100 broodstock scallops to filter the water in Great Salt Pond on Block Island.
- $100 could buy 110 seedlings to help restore longleaf-pine forests.
- $50 could conduct one bird survey in old-growth forest to identify habitat restoration success.
In West Virginia:
- $50 could remove invasive species from one acre of Central Appalachian forests.
$51-$100 (Per-night savings of staying at a campsite instead of a hotel):
- $60 could buy and plant one disease-resistant elm sapling to restore floodplain forests and the Connecticut River watershed.
- $60 could help protect a 25- by 50-foot buffer of headwater streams in Appalachia.
- $90 could buy an antenna to track bog turtles.
- $100 could plant 10 native pitch pine seedlings for old-growth forest restoration.
- $100 could track three bog turtles for one year to learn how to protect their habitats.
- $100 could get gas development Best Management Practices implemented on 2 acres.
- $100 could administer one acre of prescribed burns at Warm Springs Mountain Preserve, helping to restore Appalachian forests.
In West Virginia:
- $100 could restore red spruce on roughly one-half an acre of Central Appalachian forest.
$101-$500 (The cost of a plane ticket):
- $185 could buy 1,000 longleaf pine seedlings, including shipping.
- $200 could restore one linear foot of Big Darby Creek Nature Preserve.
- $500 could support pre-burn monitoring before a prescribed fire in one burn unit.
- $500 could collect one month of vernal pool restoration data.
- $500 could conduct one season of post-White Nose Syndrome bat hibernacula cave surveys.
$1,000+ (Potential college savings if your child’s interest in nature leads him/her to pursue a science scholarship)
- $1,000 outfits one prescribed fire worker, including helmet, nomax, harness, boots and mandatory fire shelter.