Linked to the Land

Our outdoor activity program for nature-lovers of all ages

Linked to the Land is a series of guided walks and hikes that reveal the trails and natural treasures on the featured properties. Many of these events include additional activities, such as foraging, snowshoeing, birdwatching, and photography, to name just a few. The guided hikes are a fun way to learn about that the plants and animals that rely on land for food, water, and shelter. Participants of all ages are invited to join us for these free outdoor activities in nature. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we chose to cancel some of our guided hikes in 2020, and we produced several "virtual hikes" for people to enjoy from the safety of their homes. You can see them on our Videos page.

With the support of our members, Mississippi Valley Conservancy protects twenty-seven nature preserves for public use, and we want you to get to know them! Driving directions, trail maps, and use policies are available on the Nature Preserves page of this website. Take advantage of these lands by spending an hour or a day enjoying their spectacular beauty. There’s so much to see, and we want you to be a part of it!

To get involved, you can visit our Events page to see the details of upcoming hikes. To receive more conservation news and  updates about events and activities, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter