DCF-LOGOS-Vert_Color_smThe Wetlands Institute has been awarded a $24,450 grant  from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The conservation grant recognizes The Wetlands Institute’s efforts to promote appreciation and understanding of the value of wetlands and coastal ecosystems through its programs in research, education, and conservation.

The Wetlands Institute is honored to receive a conservation grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for the third consecutive year. Disney’s support enables The Wetlands Institute to continue and strengthen the positive outcomes of our conservation program for Diamondback Terrapins and their habitat in coastal New Jersey.

This award from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund will contribute resources for projects at The Wetlands Institute aimed at diminishing the impact of human related threats such as vehicle strikes, abandoned crab traps, and storm drains to Diamondback Terrapins. Additionally, several innovative programs that educate schoolchildren, college students, and the public on conservation topics related to our terrapin conservation project will be supported by the Disney grant.

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund works to protect species and habitats, and connect kids to nature to help develop lifelong conservation values. Since its founding in 1995, DWCF has supported more than 1,000 conservation programs in 112 countries.

For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature visit www.disney.com/conservation.


About the Wetlands Institute

The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational and research facility focused on salt marsh and coastal ecosystem preservation.  Annually, the Institute educates over 20,000 visitors, of which 6,000 are school aged children.  The Wetlands Institute’s mission is to promote appreciation, understanding and stewardship of wetlands and coastal ecosystems through programs in research, education and conservation.  The Institute was founded in 1969 by the late Herbert H. Mills, (former Chairman of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund, and Executive Director of the National Audubon Society), to further coastal environmental knowledge.  From its inception, the Wetlands Institute has pioneered a number of research, education and conservation programs about wetlands and coastal ecosystems, and worked with numerous regional, national and international organizations to foster stewardship of these resources worldwide.