The Virginia Coast Reserve

The Virginia Coast Reserve’s 14 undeveloped barrier and marsh islands help to protect Eastern Shore communities from storm surges and sea level rise, as well as providing critical wildlife habitat. The mainland and island preserves of VCR offer visitors unique natural experiences. 

VCR is the longest expanse of coastal wilderness remaining on the east coast. A recently released study highlights the positive impact conserved land has on the economies of both Northampton and Accomack Counties in Virginia. Download the report summary (pdf).

VCR’s 14 barrier and marsh islands provide ideal habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. Important preserve visitation policies are in place to protect these resources.

Headquarters of the Virginia Coast Reserve, Brownsville Preserve offers visitors a unique glimpse into the beauty and history of the Eastern Shore.

We're working with scientists and community partners to better understand how nature can make coastal communities more resilient in the face of a changing climate.

Working with local, state, and federal partners, VCR is protecting land on the Eastern Shore through land acquisition and conservation easements.

Guided by decades of research and monitoring, our scientists are helping to protect migratory bird populations throughout VCR’s coastal habitats.

From protecting water quality to helping to restore oysters, eelgrass, and bay scallops, VCR is putting science to work in our coastal bays.

Unique, hands-on learning activities that connect elementary, middle, and high school students and their teachers with the natural environment.

We are engaging community members of all ages and backgrounds and connecting people with the places we protect at VCR.

Volunteers play an important role in all of our programs. Join the team and help support our work while connecting with nature in a meaningful way.

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