Mt. Cuba Center's Natural Lands consist of nearly 550 acres located in Delaware’s Appalachian Piedmont. The natural areas are comprised of steeply rolling hills, stream valleys, rock outcrops, and deciduous forests. Some of the most impressive examples of Appalachian Piedmont geography, flora, and fauna in Delaware can be found in Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands which surround the gardens and managed landscapes. These natural areas are a precious resource and critical to preserving the integrity of the remaining natural habitats of this physiographic region in Delaware.
The Natural Lands Division adheres to three main goals to guide, prioritize, and assist our conservation and management decisions as well as determine current and future research and educational programs:
• To conserve the natural resources of Mt. Cuba Center in order to protect and support the existence of native Piedmont flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species, while respecting our landscapes and history.
• To make the Natural Lands available to the public through educational programs and instill a greater appreciation of our diverse native piedmont flora and fauna and their ecological role in conservation.
• To facilitate and encourage science-based research projects and collaborate both internally and externally with those who support our Natural Lands’ management objectives.