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The Nature Conservancy


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States

Nature Conservancy: Places We Protect

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  • This interactive map identifies all of the locations around the world that the Nature Conservancy protects. 
  • Clicking on the map locations will bring up an image and description of the location, along with the distance it is from your location. 

Teaching Tips


  • There are many locations within the United States to look at and explore.
  • This could be a great resource to find locations to visit for a field trip or class activity.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The map will start near your location, so you may need to zoom out to see other areas.


  • This resource could be used for student research in any class about the ecology or natural heritage of your city, state, or region.
  • Geography classes could use this resource to explore the different natural environments of locations throughout the United States and in some locations around the world.
  • Other interactive map resources can be explored here.
  • This interactive map and article by the Nature Conservancy displays the best locations to plant trees.
Scientist Notes
This resource inspires one to explore and track ecologically-protected areas and also motivates one to create nature-based solutions in their community to conserve and protect ecological niches. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • LS2: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Within Ecosystems
      • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution
      • HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog4.a.m Explain how place-based identities can change places over time. Investigate how place-based identity results from the characteristics of a place and can sometimes result in stereotypes of people from a specific place. Describe students’ perceptions of a place that are based on indirect sources (e.g., television, movies), versus on direct sources (e.g., residing in a place, visiting a place).
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