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Explore Our Preserves

Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy currently owns and manages 35 nature preserves located throughout Chautauqua County. The conservation of natural areas provides benefits to our health, our happiness and our economy. Most of our preserves are open to the public from dawn until dusk and offer diverse opportunities for education and passive recreational activities and also help to protect important conservation values such as water and air quality, forest health, scenic beauty, and plant and animal biodiversity and habitat.


Before visiting one of our preserves, please review our preserve visitor guidelines, and if you see any issues that need attention on a preserve, please send us a trail report.

Preserve List

Featured Preserves

Bentley Nature