Welcome to the Crow’s Nest Research Center

The Crow’s Nest Research Center (“CNRC”) is a not-for-profit organization based on 132 acres of woodlands, ravines, meadows, and wetlands in Stafford, Virginia. The CNRC is dedicated to conservation, wetlands research, and environmental education for the public benefit. Access is allowed by request.

Three miles of mowed trails wind through at least eight different natural habitats teeming with native flora and fauna at the CNRC. With the exception of CNRC-supported researchers, visitors are encouraged to stay on the trails, please.

The property’s wetlands are in Accokeek Creek which borders the 3,000 acre Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve, publicly owned and run by Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Together, the Research Center and the Preserve protect native plants and animals and allow people opportunities to appreciate the importance of land conservation and stewardship as well as the joy of being outdoors. 

The Crow’s Nest Research Center depends upon the work of its volunteers and the generosity of its donors to support conservation efforts and educational opportunities for students, teachers, researchers, families, and all other visitors.