Audio Tour

Nassawango Creek Preserve

Nassawango Creek Preserve features one of Maryland's most pristine waterways and once hosted an iron mine and furnace.  Explore this preserve in one of three audio tours: 

  • Leifer Trail illustrates Nassawango's human history
  • Johnson Tract highlights natural history and management efforts such as prescribed fire, invasive species control, and sustainable forestry
  • Prothonotary Trail introduces visitors to the preserve's diverse bird species
Getting Started

Visit the preserve page to plan your visit and then download the audio tour maps (PDF) for the Leifer Trail, the Johnson Tract, and Prothonotary Trail.  The numbers marked on the maps correspond to the audio files in the tour. Next, download the audio files to your mobile device.

Cell service can be unreliable at many of our preserves. We recommend you download the recordings and maps before you visit.  Need a little help saving the files? Check out our step-by-step guide!

Meet Your Guides

Deborah Landau (Johnson Tract, Leifer Trail) is Director of Land Management for The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/DC chapter.  She enjoys exploring nature both on her own and with others, especially her children, who often spot interesting things that adults miss.  She enjoys cooking, traveling, gardening, and learning about geology.

David Ray (Prothonotary Trail) is an applied forest ecologist with the Maryland/DC chapter, where his work focuses on management and restoration of coastal plain habitats on the lower Eastern Shore, primarily TNC’s Nassawango Creek Preserve. Before relocating to Maryland he worked on topics related to forest and fire ecology on the Gulf Coastal Plain of north central Florida.

Janice Ward (Prothonotary Trail), a retired school library media specialist, has been a member of The Nature Conservancy's Nassawango Preserve Stewardship Committee since 1995.  She is currently serving as the Lower Shore Coordinator for the Maryland Bluebird Society, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the conservation of the Eastern Bluebird.  She has been involved with bluebirds since 2006 with the establishment of the Nassawango Creek Bluebird Trail on Nature Conservancy property near her home.

Downloadable Files (mp3 format)


1. Johnson Tract Audio Tour

In this audio tour, learn about our prescribed burn program, Atlantic white cedar restoration, and the importance of giving back to the community through certified forestry operations.

1. The Johnson Tract

2.1 At the Gate

2.2 Trail Advice

3. Direction on the Trail

4. Atlantic White Cedars

5. Laura Bankey on Atlantic White Cedars

6. The Role of Fires

7. Thinning

8. Left and Right

2. Leifer Trail Audio Tour

In this audio tour, learn about the hundreds of years of human and natural history at Furnacetown. 

1. Furnace Town

2. The Furnace Habitat

3. Paul Leifer Trailhead

4. Mining - First Bench

5. Pink Lady's-slippers

6. Floodplain

7. Bald Cypress

8. Furnace Canal and Xeric Dunes

9. Why We Love Our Volunteers  

3. Prothonotary Trail Audio Tour

Learn more about Nassawango's diverse bird species.

1. Parking Area in Open Field

2a. Kiosk Project Overview

2b. Blue Bird Trail Project

3a. Start of Trail in Forest

3b. Woody Debris and Snags

4. Old Dump Site and White Bird Box

5. Undergrowth-Free Bird Banding Loop

6. Bottomland and Cypress Knees

7. Creek Overlook and Beaver-Chewed Oak

8. Tagged Cypress Tree and Elevation Change

9. Intersection of Trail

10. Tree Root Tip-Ups

11. Painted Trees - Inventory and Monitoring System

12. End of Trail

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