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The Nature Conservancy


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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.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 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: Unity and Diversity
      • HS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
      • D2.Geo.2.3-5 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.8.3-5 Explain how human settlements and movements relate to the locations and use of various natural resources.
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