The Wetlands Institute is proud to announce its lineup of special events and community programs for 2013. The events and programs of the Wetlands Institute focus on education and outreach and aim to teach people of all ages the value of wetlands and coastal ecosystems using the surrounding marsh, beach, and Delaware Bay as the backdrop.

• May 18-19, 2013 – Shorebird Festival
• July 13, 2013 – Sunset Soiree and Open House
• August 3, 2013 – Wings ‘N Water Benefit Auction
• September 21-22, 2013 – Fall Migration Festival
• November 29-30, 2013 – Wetlands Wonderland

Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director with the Wetlands Institute said “There is a lot of enthusiasm over the 2013 schedule of programs and we are excited to share them with our South Jersey community. Our special events programs include some major changes going forward. We are focusing our events on educational experiences for the community and working to provide opportunities for adults, as well as children, to learn in the natural world.”

One of the most significant changes to this year’s schedule of events is the addition of two festivals – and the absence of the Wings ‘N Water Festival. The Wings ‘N Water Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 3rd will be the only remaining component of the festival. Many of our traditional Wings N’ Water festival components will be held in mid-September as part of the new Fall Migration Festival.

Staff will now be able to focus on new and innovative education and conservation programs that will feed program content and events into the Shorebird and Fall Migration Festivals. We will no longer hold the Wings ‘N Water Art and Carving show, but will retain the Quilters show as part of the Fall Migration Festival.

Other special themed days (e.g., TurtleFest {3/30}, Crabulous Crab Day {7/19}, Monarch Madness {10/5}), as well as fundraising events (e.g., World Series of Birding {5/11}, Mac McAnally Concert {TBD}) are also planned.