Preserves to Visit

Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve

Since our founding, Natural Lands Trust has been committed to owning land whenever possible.  The reason is simple: If we own it, we can be confident that the land is preserved and well cared for… forever.

Today, Natural Lands Trust owns and manages 43 nature preserves spanning more than 22,000 acres in 13 counties and two states. It is the largest collection of privately owned preserved lands in the region.

Enjoy a Visit

Our preserves offer countless opportunities to enjoy nature: hiking in deep forests, tracking down elusive bird species, kayaking in tidal marshes teeming with wildlife, or just taking in pastoral views.

Eighteen of the 43 are readily accessible for public enjoyment. They are open sunrise to sunset and admission is always free. (Find one near you.)

The remainder of our preserves are generally accessible by permission or during member outings. This limited visitation is due to the ecologically sensitive nature of the properties or because of limited facilities.

Find a Preserve Near You
Search by zip code or explore an interactive map.

List of Preserves
Browse the preserves that are most accessible to the public.

Before You Go
Helpful information to know before you visit a preserve.

Preserve Blog
Read the latest news and observations from some of our preserve managers.


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Are you up to the challenge?

Explore all of Natural Lands Trust’s publicly accessible preserves—and collect all 18 code words—to receive an exclusive fleece vest embroidered with the Natural Lands Trust logo! 

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