Lawrence Wetlands Preserve


301 South Mill Street, Chestertown, MD

The Lawrence Wetlands Preserve (LWP) is an 8.5-acre urban nature center featuring a variety of ecosystems including upland forest, swamp, marsh, shrublands, meadows, and a freshwater pond. The Preserve is located just outside of the Historic District in Chestertown within easy walking distance of the Foundation’s Holt Education Center. LWP programs provide an opportunity for students to explore fresh-water and terrestrial ecosystems while learning how land use in the watershed ultimately impacts the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The Preserve is also an ideal site for the implementation of student-led action projects. 

When not in use for programs, the Preserve is open to the public. 

Preserve Rules

  • Open dawn to dusk
  • Pedestrian use only
  • Keep to gravel paths & boardwalk
  • Leash and pick up after your dog
  • Do not disturb plants and animals
  • Leave no Trace – take trash with you
  • No fishing or swimming
  • Keep noise to a minimum
  • Smoking, drugs & alcohol prohibited

View the Lawrence Wetlands Preserve Master Plan