National Estuarine Research Reserves Protect People & Places

36,000 Heroes

who support Reserves and their mission

42 Million Data Points

Tracking water quality, habitat health, storm damage, and more every year

1.3+ Million Acres

protected, natural lands along the coast

Find Your Reserve

Somewhere in the 1.4+ million acres of mangroves, marshes, beaches, fields, and forests protected by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System there is a place for you. Visit your Reserve, enjoy the natural beauty it protects, and learn how it supports you, your community, and our coasts.

What’s Happening at Our Reserves?

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Stay Current With NERRS News

At 30 sites in 25 coastal states and territories, National Estuarine Research Reserves work with partners like you to protect people and places of our nation’s coasts.

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Together again, at last!

Together again, at last!

NERRds from 25 states and territories gathered in Seattle, Washington for our first in person annual meeting in three years! Although we persevered (and sometimes thrived) in the Zoom world, there’s nothing like the real thing.

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Reserves and their friends groups rely on NERRA to help enhance successful programs, strengthen the network, and enable reserves to better address challenges to our nation’s estuaries, coasts, and communities. NERRA communicates the funding needs and priorities of Reserves to Congress and federal agencies and educates the general public about the importance of estuaries and coasts.