Maryland is often referred to as “America in Miniature” because so many unique landscapes are found within its borders. The Maryland Natural Areas initiative seeks to identify the best remaining natural areas found within our state.
These Natural Areas are truly special places in Maryland. Voluntary recognition as a Natural Area carries a commitment to sustainable management of a given area to conserve the natural features that the area was established to recognize and protect. In most cases, current management practices have maintained the exceptional natural features that distinguish these sites.
In the end, the goals of this effort are to identify and conserve Natural Areas for future generations while increasing public awareness of these special natural places.
Click Here to locate & explore some of Maryland's finest Natural Areas.
Kayak the Mattawoman Creek Natural Area to get a glimpse of the rare American lotus. Photo by Julie Kiang.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)