Wetlands Institute

Region

Americas

Country

USA

Flyway

Americas flyway

Initiative

WLI Americas

About

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

Description 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.

Work Areas

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.

Top three successes

Terrapin conservation program

Science Education At Sea

School programs.

Expertise

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

Participation

Working 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

General

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

Contact

www.wetlandsinstitute.org

1075 Stone Harbor Blvd.,

Stone Harbor,

NJ

08247-1424,

USA

Brooke Knapick, Director of Educational Programme Development

T: + 1 609 368 1211/ 609 368 3871

education@wetlandsinstitute.org

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