Wetlands Institute

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An osprey nesting pole on the protected grounds of the Wetlands Institute.

The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit organization studying, preserving and protecting wetlands and coastal ecosystems. We provide a fun and interactive educational experience for families, school groups and vacationers of all ages through nature exploration and discovery. Our goal is to inspire communities so they in turn become stewards of our coastal and wetland ecosystem.

Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil blowout in the Gulf underlined the importance of the message The Wetlands Institute has been delivering to people of all ages since our founding 40 years ago: Our very lives depend on sustaining healthy wetlands and coastal ecosystems. They cannot be taken for granted. They must be valued and protected.

Through our summer nature classes and lectures, through our giving hands-on learning to school children who visit us or are visited by our Outreach team, we have inspired youngsters to care about the environment and to become environmentally literate citizens (and maybe even scientists.)

Our Research and Conservation programs have given university students from around the globe invaluable field research experience, with positive impacts far beyond our facility. The internet is empowering us to reach every corner of the globe. So, from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, to the marshes of Southeast Asia there are Coastal Conservation policies and programs in place that originated with us.

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the organization's home page and its Overview page.

Editor's Note: When you drive across the causeways from the mainland to the islands, you can see that the tidal marshes are vast. When you look at a map, you can see that the marshes take up half of the Jersey Cape. Therefore, if you don't visit the Wetlands Institute, you miss half the Jersey Cape experience. PaulSank (talk) 11:55, 7 September 2019 (EDT)