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​Nature Preserves

The mission of Park & Recreation's Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources Division is to protect the region's biodiversity and natural heritage by promoting open space preservation, conserving natural communities, and fostering awareness and stewardship through environmental education and outdoor recreation.

Mecklenburg County manages over 7,000 acres of nature preserves throughout the county. There are three nature centers providing environmental education programming and general visitor information, located at Latta Plantation, Reedy Creek and McDowell Nature Preserves.

Division Contacts​

Chris Matthews, Division Director: 980-314-1019

Alice Chambers, Environmental Education Manager: 980-314-1054

Kevin Metcalf, Facilities and Operations Manager: 704-200-4374

Christa Rogers, Natural Resources Manager: 704-948-4504

SRNP Trail
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Children w​ith Corn Snake  

Nature Preserve Information

Nature Centers & Environmental Educatio​n​


Office Location:

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation 5841 Brookshire Blvd Charlotte, NC 28216


Nature Preserves