Illustrating America's Natural Heritage

Sites are designated as national natural landmarks in recognition of specific biological communities, geological landforms or processes, or paleontological resources. The outstanding resources at these sites tell the geological and ecological story of America. To draw attention to and spur learning and appreciation of America’s natural heritage, this page provides an introduction to some of the different natural features that can be found across the country. Newly created artwork pieces portray and celebrate the beauty and diversity of each of these natural features.
Graphic drawing of dinosaurs walking away leaving footprints

Fossils

View the artwork and learn about NNLs designated for their fossils!

graphic drawing of underwater crab and egret standing in shallow water with grass in background

Estuaries

View the artwork and learn about NNLs designated for their estuaries!

Graphic of pitcher plant and dragonfly

Bogs

View the artwork and learn about NNLs designated for their unique bogs!

manatee and fish underwater

Springs

View the artwork and learn about NNLs designated for springs and spring ecosystems!

Three otters swimming with glacier and snow covered mountain in background

Glaciers

View the artwork and learn about NNLs designated for glacial landscapes and features!

Graphic of birds on sandy beach with tall grass

Seashores

Explore some national natural landmarks with seashore landscapes and features!

Graphic of bear with flowers and mountain in background

Mountains

Explore some national natural landmarks with mountain landscapes and features

artwork of a lizard on a rock with a desert backdrop

Deserts

Explore some national natural landmarks with desert landscapes and features!

artwork of a bluebird on the ground with a volcano in the background

Volcanoes

Explore some National Natural Landmarks with volcanic landscapes and features!

artwork of a moose in a pool of water at the bottom of a waterfall

Waterfalls

Explore some National Natural Landmarks with waterfalls!

artwork of 2 silhouetted people wearing headlamps inside a cave

Caves

Explore some National Natural Landmarks with caves!

artwork of a turtle on a log in a swamp

Swamps

Explore some National Natural Landmarks with swamps!

artwork of a prairie dog standing upright on a mound with a sunset in the background

Prairies

Explore some National Natural Landmarks with prairie landscapes and features!

Last updated: October 6, 2022

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