Preserve Visitation Guidelines

Nature Conservancy preserves are managed to protect fragile resources — native species and plant communities. Members and volunteers of The Nature Conservancy enjoy regularly scheduled field trips and work days to most preserves. Other interested visitors need to call the Kentucky Field Office at (859) 259-9655 for more information.

Access to some areas is restricted based upon the rarity or sensitivity of what is being protected. Detailed directions, maps and site descriptions are available when permission to visit has been granted.

Preparation: The Key to a Safe, Enjoyable Visit

We ask you to prepare for your visit and take proper precautions while on site.

  • Wear comfortable footwear suitable for hiking, but please do not wear heavy, cleated boots -- these damage the trails.
  • To protect yourself from ticks, poison ivy or poison sumac, wear long pants -- and tuck them into your socks. 
  • No matter which season of the year it is, each person in your party should bring a full water bottle. Dehydration is a serious risk at any time of the year.
What to Bring

To get the most from your visit, and to protect yourself from the elements, you may want to include the following items in your backpack:

  • Binoculars 
  • Camera
  • Compass 
  • Field guides (to wildflowers, birds, butterflies and other natural features)
  • Insect repellant 
  • Rain gear 
  • Snack 
  • Sunscreen
What You Can Do

The following activities are permitted on Conservancy preserves:

  • Birdwatching 
  • Hiking 
  • Nature Study 
  • Photography 
  • Boating (in some cases)
What You Cannot Do

Please help us protect our preserves by strictly avoiding the following activities while visiting:

  • Bicycling, camping, fires, horseback riding, prospecting, rock climbing, spelunking and swimming.
  • Collecting flora, fauna, or mineral specimens, including shells, berries, nuts, mushrooms or wildflowers.
  • Using motorized vehicles of any sort except over authorized access roads or buffer zones.
  • Fishing, hunting or trapping.
  • Pets, including leashed dogs, with the exception of service animals.
  • Feeding wildlife.
  • Introducing exotic plant or animal species (those that are not native to a particular area).
Respect Our Neighbors' Property

Please do not trespass on private property adjacent to Conservancy preserves. Property lines are clearly marked with boundary signs featuring the Conservancy's logo.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Kentucky Field Office at:
642 West Main Street
Lexington, KY  40508
Phone: (859) 259-9655
Fax: (859) 259-9678