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Wetlands Institute

Name of organisation: Wetlands Institute

Funding support: Private, NGO

Number of staff: 12

Number of visitors per year: 40,000

Overall aims of the centre

Studying, preserving, and protecting wetlands and coastal ecosystems

Family around aquariumDescription of the centre

24 acres surrounded by thousands of acres of tidal salt marsh, between a barrier island and the mainland. Marsh is primarily covered in cordgrass (spartina alterniflora and spartina patens). Animals include numerous shorebirds, waterfowl, egrets, herons, osprey, diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs. Exhibits includes Secrets of the Salt Marsh aquarium, Terrapin Station, observation tower, and salt marsh trail.

Main CEPA work areas

School programs on Wetlands Ecology, Barrier Beach Ecology, and other topics. Science Education At Sea boat trips. Wings ‘n Water Festival. Outreach programs.Wetlands Institute

Top three successes

Terrapin conservation program. Science Education At Sea. School programs.

Top three challenges


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre


Wetlands instituteWorking with disabled people; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;

Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Fund-raising.

Website address:

Address: 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247-1424, USA
Contact: Brooke Knapick, Director of Educational Programme Develoment
T: + 1 609 368 1211/ 609 368 3871


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