Nature Preserves

Yankauer Nature Preserve

The Yankauer Nature Preserve is in Berkeley County, WV, on Whiting's Neck Road just north of Shepherdstown, WV. The property is named after Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Yankauer, who donated it to The Nature Conservancy in 1967. Today, it is still owned by the Nature Conservancy and managed by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society.

The property is open to the public during daylight hours, and visitors can enjoy about two miles of easy walking trails. The 1-mile Kingfisher Trail includes interpretive signs, and the .2-mile Cedar Loop is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

Eidolon Nature Preserve

The Eidolon Nature Preserve is located along the summit and east and west sides of Sideling Hill, west of Berkeley Springs in Morgan County, West Virginia.

The property was owned for many years by Louis and Marguerite Zapoleon who lived in Washington, D.C. and Florida. Mrs. Zapoleon willed it to the Nature Conservancy when she passed away in 2003 with instructions that it be used as a place to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Today, it is owned by The Nature Conservancy and co-managed by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. It has been open to the public since the spring of 2007.

Stauffer's Marsh

Stauffer's Marsh
Nature Preserve

The Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve is located in Back Creek Valley in Berkeley County, one-half mile south of Shanghai, on the east side of Back Creek Valley Road (County Route 7).

Formerly marshy farmland, most of the preserve property was entered into a permanent conservation easement in the mid 1990s through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wetland Reserve Program. At that time, USDA restored it as a wetland. This was the first USDA wetland restoration project in the state of West Virginia.

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              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director
phone // 304-676-3397

Ellen Murphy, Program Director
phone // 304-676-8739

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
phone // 703-303-1026
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