A nature preserve or wilderness preserve was a place where animals and plants were protected and studied in their natural habitat rather than an artificial construct.

Vulcan had several of these areas. As a child, Leanne's father used to take her to wilderness preserves on Vulcan, which left her with the false impression that it was only populated by wildlife, not people. (DS9: "Life Support")

In 2370, Vedek Bareil suggested he and Kira Nerys discuss the new nature preserve in Hedrikspool Province on the planet Bajor. (DS9: "Shadowplay")

In 2375, Seven of Nine endeavored to study Human behavior by taking field notes on the crew of the USS Voyager. Kathryn Janeway asked her to find another method of study, saying, "This is a starship, not a nature preserve." (VOY: "Someone to Watch Over Me")

While the term "nature preserve" was not used, it seems that a shielded-off area on Ledos, mentioned in VOY: "Natural Law", was also intended as a preserve.

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