Maryland is a state filled with many natural wonders, and the Maryland Natural Areas project has identified 31 truly special areas found within Maryland’s borders. From the ancient peatlands in the western part of the State to globally rare serpentine savanna at Soldier’s Delight, Maryland is a small state with a lot to offer! Each Maryland Natural Area has been identified as an area with a large concentration of rare species, rare natural communities, exemplary plant communities and/or unique geology. All Natural Areas are open to the public for all or part of the year. Come learn a little more about Maryland’s Natural Areas and why these areas are truly special places to visit and explore!
Kerry Wixted is a natural resources biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service. She runs several education programs including Project WILD and Wild Acres, a backyard wildlife habitat program. She has a keen interest in native plants and has worked with several rare species, including American ginseng in the past.