Help Us Grow

The Wetlands Institute depends on your generosity to continue offering our visitors and friends excellent programs in coastal and wetland ecosystem conservation and education.  Support from members enables Institute staff to conduct important research to inform conservation efforts to protect and enhance our coastal and wetland ecosystems, fisheries, and barrier islands.  Your involvement supports essential conservation efforts and education programs spanning the range from youth to senior.

Member generosity supports exhibits, education programs, summer camps, lectures and demonstrations, specialized training for tomorrow’s scientists, and research and conservation programs.  Help us grow by making an investment in our work. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

How can I help?

Annual Giving

The Annual Giving Program at the Wetlands Institute provides a vital source of unrestricted income to support every facet of the Institute’s activities, from our education programs, onsite and at local schools, to our Outreach Programs offered throughout the region, to maintaining and expanding the Coastal Conservation Research and Conservation program, to providing year-round lecture programs and exhibits.

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Give the Gift of the Wetlands Institute

Celebrate a loved one with a gift to the Wetlands Institute in the name of a friend or family member.  This is a wonderful and meaningful way to remember someone.

The gift of membership is the perfect gift for the person or family who has everything.  Christmas, Hanukkah, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or a  birthday are perfect occasions to recognize a loved one, while giving back to the community and supporting the Wetlands Institute

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Planned Giving

The Legacy Club was established by leading members of the Board of Trustees to create a living legacy of support for the Wetlands Institute. You can also help ensure that future generations are able to experience the Wetlands Institute and the coastal and wetland ecosystems we depend on through a planned gift.

If you are interested in joining the Legacy Club, please click here to email Executive Director, Lenore Tedesco.


Naming Opportunities

The Wetlands Institute also provides additional recognition in the form of naming opportunities throughout the Institute.  Options include, but are not limited to, specific exhibits, educational programs, aquarium features, laboratories, and benches.

For more information on naming opportunities, please click here to email Executive Director, Lenore Tedesco.


Adopt a Terrapin

Diamondback terrapins are turtles that live in salt marshes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.  They are closely related to freshwater turtles, but terrapins are the only turtle species that live exclusively in brackish water.

Diamondback terrapins face a variety of problems including hunting in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, loss of natural nesting habitats due to development of coastal resort communities, as well as mortalities during nesting season while terrapins attempt to cross busy highways.  Sadly these problems are not the biggest threat to terrapin populations at present.  Though out their range, thousands of terrapins die each year by drowning in commercial crab traps.

Our terrapins need your help!  Adopt a Terrapin


Corporate Partners and Opportunities

Corporations have a long tradition of investing in their local communities and in projects and programs that further their missions and values.  We recognize that economic changes have caused companies to seek multi-faceted partnerships that benefit the community and help market their products or services to a specific audience.  Strategic philanthropy is at the heart of the Wetland Institute’s corporate partner program.  We work closely with our sponsors to build partnerships that provide valuable benefits to the environment and conservation, while increasing a company’s visibility with key constituents and meeting corporate sustainability goals through employee volunteer opportunities.

For more information on sponsorship and partner opportunities, click here to email Executive Director, Lenore Tedesco.

In Our Donors Words

We often receive notes from our donors, volunteers and members and we wanted to share some.

“I feel that we have been blessed to be given this perfect natural resource. We need to preserve and protect it. My husband and I are passionate about the environment and protecting this beautiful gift. But as much as I want to help, my expertise is in finance, not in environmental science. I volunteered at The Wetlands Institute because I knew I could be helpful. I became a member because I believed in their mission. But after seeing the Institute become an organization on the leading edge of the issues, my husband and I began making additional contributions to the Institute. With the new leadership, they know what they are doing and are taking it in the right direction. They have the experts and the answers. By helping them, I am doing my part for the environment and our beautiful wetlands and I feel really good about that.” — Amy Welsh

Your belief in our mission and the generosity of our donors allows The Wetlands Institute to make a difference every day. As Jane Goodall says, “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” Please donate and make a difference today!

Click here to read The Wetlands Institute Gift Acceptance Policy.




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