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Army Corps issues advisory for New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway dredging

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 15, 2020) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District has issued an advisory regarding ongoing dredging along the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway. The Army Corps’ contractor Barnegat Bay Dredging Company is conducting dredging in the federal channel of the waterway between markers 386 to 397 (west of Avalon and...

Reimagining Remote Learning With The Wetlands Institute

Stone Harbor, NJ – On September 17, The Wetlands Institute kicks off the 2020-2021 season of its Nature Education for Homeschool Students and Teachers (NEHST) program. For nearly two decades, The Wetlands Institute has provided homeschoolers with engaging learning experiences that immerse them in science and nature, and encourage exploration and...

Behind the Virtual Scenes

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director, and Devin Griffiths, Marketing & Communications Specialist This has been quite a year. Coming out of 2019 with all the pomp and celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we were poised to seize the opportunity to create excellence for the next 50 years. Driven by the outpouring of support and passion for...

Marsh Musings – Autumn 2020

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director It’s hard to believe the “summer that wasn’t” has come to a close. It has certainly been an unusual year thus far, and one I would like to put behind us. The quiet building is certainly something we are not used to during the summer. We finally were able to open to the public on July 1 and welcome you...

Extreme Makeover: Salt Marsh Trail Edition

by Brooke Knapick, Director of Educational Program Development The Wetlands Institute is a place of education, research and conservation, where people from all walks of life come to learn about the surrounding salt marshes. Over the past few months, The Wetlands Institute has been working to update and enhance weathered signage that was...

Finding Our Voices – It’s in Our Nature

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director The strangest things happen when you least expect it. As we transitioned our largest fund-raiser, the Summer Celebration, from an in-person to a virtual event, we focused on how best to tell our story. Our story is that “It’s In Our Nature” – to preserve, protect and steward marshes and coastal...

An Autumn to Remember: School Reimagined

by Brooke Knapick, Director of Educational Program Development As a return to the 2020-2021 academic school year commences, an all, or nearly all, virtual learning environment becomes reality for both formal and non-formal educators alike. At The Wetlands Institute, our early endeavors into remote and virtual learning, including our Summer Nature...

Around the Marsh: Research & Conservation

by Dr. Lisa Ferguson, Director of Research & Conservation In our sphere, changing plans is a common practice due to weather, tides, behavior of the animals we work with, and new information learned. It’s the nature of the work we do. This year, our powers of adaption were put to a new test. Lucky for us, we are a group passionate about the...

Tidepool Shop – Autumn 2020

If you've missed the physical book and gift store here at The Wetlands Institute, we have great news: the Tidepool Shop has reopened! On Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30-4:30, you can browse the shop again for your favorite items, and check out what's new as well – like the new color of our popular Terrapin Conservation Project T-shirt. It's the...

Rediscovering Summer at The Wetlands Institute

Stone Harbor, NJ – For the summer of 2020, The Wetlands Institute launched an exciting new nature discovery experience – the Summer Nature Program Adventure Chest. An adaptation of its popular and much-loved Summer Nature Program, the once-weekly Adventure Chests provide nature explorers aged 4-13 the Institute’s traditional Summer Nature Program...

A Visit to the Enchanted Isles: TWI’s Excursion to a Nature Lover’s Paradise

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director Just weeks before the world changed so dramatically, Dr. Lisa Ferguson and I had the privilege of hosting a trip of exploration and discovery to Ecuador, the Galápagos, and Peru. We were joined on our sold-out trip by 19 fellow explorers and friends of the Institute, and all had the experience of a...

2020’s World Series of Birding Draws to a Successful Close

by Devin Griffiths, Marketing & Communications Specialist On Saturday, May 9 - the coldest May day in recent memory – TWI’s team of intrepid birders, The Marshketeers, gave up sleep and braved the weather to spend 24 hours birding for conservation during NJ Audubon’s World Series of Birding. COVID-19 presented some significant challenges this...

Marsh Musings – Summer 2020

Never Waste a Good Crisisby Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director Boy, what to even say. As I reflect on the past few months, I can say with certainty that this has been an incredibly trying time for The Wetlands Institute. My thoughts about leadership during a crisis of this magnitude have evolved quite rapidly and I can finally say I think I...

Seven Mile Island Innovation Lab and the Restoration of Sturgeon Island

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director As we have reported in the past, TWI is part of a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Philadelphia District, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) that has developed the Seven Mile Island Innovation Lab...

Aquarium Update: Hank in the Tank

by Danielle Meeker, Aquarist/Environmental Educator Say hello to Hank, the newest addition to our Secrets of the Salt Marsh Aquarium! Hank was donated to The Wetlands Institute by Jeff Martin, Marine Science teacher at Lower Cape May Regional High School. Octopus are extremely curious and playful and Hank is no exception. Whenever we walk into...

Our Approach to Coping With COVID

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director As Seven Mile Island and the rest of our region debate when and how to reopen, The Wetlands Institute is working diligently to be ready to welcome you back when we are able. We, like so many other organizations and businesses, have been significantly impacted by the quarantine, but we are committed to...

Discover Your Summer Nature Program Adventure Chest

by Brooke Knapick, Director of Educational Program Development As the early realities of this pandemic unfolded, Education staff were planning several different Summer Nature Program scenarios that included delaying the start of the program, operating programs at reduced levels, and/or cancelling the program this summer, among others. As we...

Virtual Connections in a Hands-on Experiential World

by Brooke Knapick, Director of Educational Program Development Necessity is the mother of invention. It sounds cliché, but in the evolving and uncertain landscape of environmental education today, this sentiment is extremely applicable. For more than 50 years, a visit to The Wetlands Institute has been a hands-on, feet wet educational experience....

Welcome Jeff Dix

Jeff Dix, a South Jersey native, joined The Wetlands Institute as our Maintenance Technician in February 2020. Growing up along – and often in – South Jersey's bays and tidal creeks, he quickly developed a great love of the outdoors – a love that he's never lost. Having over 30 years of experience in carpentry (he recently retired from the...

Tidepool Shop

Among the challenges presented by COVID-19 is how to manage our book and gift shop. In order to maintain the health and safety of both staff and visitors, we have decided to keep the physical space closed and reopen our online Tidepool Shop. We'll relaunch with even more of the books, educational resources, unique artwork, and wearable items you...

A message to our friends

Dear Friends; Like you, we are all just beginning to find our footing in this uncertain time. The Wetlands Institute Board of Directors and Staff hope that you and everyone in your family are staying healthy and well during this unprecedented situation in our lives. If you haven't already done so, and it's allowable where you are, spend some time...

More in Store for the Aquarium

by Danielle Meeker Home to some incredible creatures, the Aquarium is an ever evolving and changing place. As Aquarist, it is my responsibility to provide our animals with the best possible care. Often times, the quality of animal husbandry is dependent on equipment. In the past few months, with the use of newly received endowment funds from the...

From Salt Marshes to Sandy Beaches: A Welcome Back Home

by Danielle Meeker With fond memories of being an Environmental Education Intern at The Wetlands Institute (TWI), it is with much excitement and fulfillment that I take on my new permanent role as Aquarist/Environmental Educator. As a longtime summer resident of Wildwood, interning at TWI combined my emerging passion for both Environmental...

Marsh Musings – Spring 2020

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director It’s 2020, and we’re kicking off another great year at the Institute. We had so much to celebrate in 2019, our 50th Anniversary. It was a wonderful year when we all took time to learn more about our history and reconnect with old friends who make up the fabric of this great organization. I continue to be...

Facing the Winds of Change

by Devin Griffiths These days, there's a change in the air. It carries the breath of spring and the promise of warmth, evening light, and renewal. There’s something else, though, and for many it fills the air with a sense of electric anticipation: Spring migration is almost upon us. Birders everywhere are gearing up for one of nature’s great...