The Coastal Conservation Research Program (CCRP) is the outgrowth of a research program initiated in 1989 at the Wetlands Institute on the Cape May Peninsula of southernmost New Jersey. Located on 6,000 acres of coastal salt marsh, the Wetlands Institute promotes research, education, and conservation through a variety of methods including classes, field research, and local community involvement. The CCRP is a partnership between the Wetlands Institute and other public and private partners.
The CCRP focuses its research and conservation efforts on issues related to our close proximity to the dense human population of the northeastern United States. Over the past 20 years, nearly 200 college and university students from over 100 academic institutions throughout the United States and abroad have participated in our program. Interns in the CCRP work closely with research scientists on a wide variety of projects, develop independent research projects, and participate in outreach activities.