What we work for

Watching a heron hunt at sunset, paddling down a tidal creek, hiking along a golden marsh, fishing on an early misty morning—little compares to the sense of place and belonging that living near a coast provides. Healthy coastal habitats support the economy, protect infrastructure, and contribute to the wellbeing of residents and visitors. Understanding and protecting these natural areas is the heart of the reserves’ mission and what more than 10,000 staff, partners, and volunteers work for every day. Through science, education, and training, reserves collaborate to ensure that these cherished places, and the benefits they provide, are enjoyed for generations to come.