Natural Areas

Swanson boardwalk

Welcome to our world of wonder! We hope you’ll find the time to visit all of our Natural Areas and Preserves. Each is different and magical in its own way. Some areas are more fragile than others – thus, a variety of names and visitation policies. We’ve labeled and color-coded the different areas in this guide to help you plan your outings. A “Natural Area” is open to the public during daylight hours. You’ll find an information kiosk with a map, benches along the way in some cases and clearly marked trails. Our “Preserves” are slightly more restricted and are best seen on a guided tour.

Open to the Public

Transfer & Assist Projects Open to the Public

Places The Conservancy Has Helped to Protect

Best Seen on a Guided Hike

Critical Areas--Off Limits

Open to the Public: Come see this property on your own year round, or join us on a guided tour led by our knowledgeable Docents.

Best Seen on Guided Hike: This indicates a Preserve is ecologically sensitive, has no trail system or is difficult to find, so going with one of our Docents is the best way to experience it.

Critical Area: Some Preserves are better left undisturbed; they contain fragile plants, animals or landscape whose survival is threatened by the slightest human impact. Therefore, limited or no access is allowed.

Please note: there are no toilet facilities at most Conservancy natural areas.