Find a preserve near you and view an explosion of color this spring!
Georgia: Black's Bluff Preserve
Black's Bluff Preserve is rather famous for March wildflowers, including Hepatica, Dutchman’s breeches, Toothwort, and trilliums.
New Jersey: Arctic Meadows Preserve
In the Conservancy’s 100-acre Arctic Meadows Preserve, a rare inland acidic seep combined with the unique underlying geology and soils has created a habitat where Hammond’s Yellow Spring Beauty can flourish.
What’s the big deal?
“This is the only place on the planet, the only place in the universe, that we know it occurs,” says New Jersey State Botanist David Snyder.
North Carolina: Green Swamp Preserve
North Carolina’s Green Swamp Preserve is the best place for people to see carnivorous Venus Flytraps in the wild (they only occur in an area about 60 miles around Wilmington, NC). You can also find 22 orchid varieties and a number of other really beautiful and sometimes rare plants there.
Pennsylvania: Long Pond Preserve
See the blooming, wild, and native rhodora at Long Pond Preserve, which represents the only natural community (a mesic till barren) of its kind in the world.
Vermont: Eshqua Bog Natural Area
Eshqua Bog Natural Area is a real botanical wonderland, and is home to the showy lady’s-slipper—North America’s tallest orchid! Sharing its limelight are dozens of other fascinating bog and fen plants, including pitcher plants and Labrador tea plants.
Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland: Fraser Preserve
Fraser Preserve boasts over 300 species of wildflowers—including the beautiful Virginia bluebell—and a short hike on its 2.25 miles of trails offers glimpses of the many natural habitats found in the Piedmont region.
Ohio: Multiple Preserves
This Ohio Wildflower slideshow offers a variety of examples of wildflowers found in Ohio—like the Marigold—and multiple preserves for you to explore!
Illinois: Nachusa Grasslands
Nachusa Grasslands, which reintroduced bison to the prairie in October 2014, is one of the Conservancy's greatest ongoing success stories. The ethereal prairie smoke blooms in the early spring, and shares its habitat with henslow’s sparrows, blandings turtles and many other rare animals.
Tennessee: Taylor Hollow Preserve
At Taylor Hollow Preserve, rare trilliums and lilies find haven in a deeply cut, forested valley divided by a spring-fed stream. This Conservancy preserve, purchased in 1978, lies just an hour northeast of Nashville.
Texas: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Not far from Austin, bluebonnet, indian paintbrush and other species surround a massive pink granite dome—Enchanted Rock. We protected this rare batholith in 1978 and later turned it over to the state.
The deserts around California’s Coachella Valley come alive after the winter rains, painting the usually muted palette of the valley floor and nearby Joshua Tree National Park with a riot of vivid yellows, pinks and violets. The Conservancy helped protect the valley’s many rare species with a complex deal that allowed some development to go forward while protected core habitat.
Colorado: Zapata Ranch
You'll find wild irises and more blooming at Zapata Ranch; this biologically significant area contains several rare animal and plant species - some found nowhere else in the world.
Nevada: River Fork Ranch
The Nature Conservancy has been working at River Fork Ranch for more than a decade to restore the natural habitat and bring back native vegetation, like milkweed. This work has made River Fork Ranch a certified Monarch Way Station.
New Mexico: Santa Fe Canyon
Santa Fe Canyon, just minutes from Santa Fe, is a peaceful nature preserve brimming with wildflowers, willows, ponderosa pine, songbirds, deer and bears.
Utah: White Dome Nature Preserve
White Dome Nature Preserve is home to an exquisite plant that exists nowhere else on Earth—the dwarf bear poppy. Whether seen for the first time or the tenth, the dwarf bear poppy elicits a sense of wonder that such beauty can emerge from the barren, gypsum-rich hills.