Natural Areas

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 the different areas 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. Some of our “Preserves” are slightly more restricted and are best seen on a guided tour, but many are open to the public and offer the same features as our Natural Areas. For snowplow info and grooming updates at Palmer Woods, click on the Know Before You Go box below.

Open to the Public

Best Seen on a Guided Hike

Transfer & Assist Projects Open to the Public

Places The Conservancy Has Helped to Protect

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.

What’s the Difference Between a Natural Area and a Preserve?–March 2016