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.

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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.

Planned Giving

The Herbert Mills Legacy Society 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 Herbert Mills Legacy Society, click here to email Executive Director, Lenore Tedesco.

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. Here is what some of them had to say:

“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

“My family has been coming to the seashore for generations. Some of my fondest memories are of family times spent at the shore. Bodysurfing and fishing with my father and children and many days hanging out on the beach or on the back bays sailing, kayaking or swimming. There is nothing like taking a walk on the beach or watching a glorious sunrise coming up over the ocean or a sunset in the back bays.

I want to ensure that my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren can continue to come to the seashore and enjoy a lifetime of memories. It is a very special place where many enjoy the wonders of the beach, ocean and the back bay environments. For this reason and many more, I strongly support The Wetlands Institute. The Wetlands Institute’s mission is to promote appreciation, understanding & stewardship of wetlands and coastal ecosystems through their programs in research, conservation, and education. They have education programs for students and are doing internationally renowned research for the conservation of the seashore environments. The Institute’s work will help protect the natural resources of the seashore and help our families to continue building endless memories.” – Hank Schellenger, Member Board of Trustees

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!

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