National Estuarine Research Reserves Protect People & Places

36,000 Heroes

who support Reserves and their mission

48 Million+ Data Points

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

1.4 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?

DC Download: January 2023

DC Download: January 2023

The Reserve System, and the thousands who support it, is a constant force for positive change—and it’s growing. In support of this, NERRA’s request for the NERRS FY 2024 budget is $47M for operations (ORF) and $10M for PAC.

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Nurdle Patrol is Growing

Nurdle Patrol is Growing

When Wyvette Robinson heard about the Mission-Aransas Reserve’s Nurdle Patrol on Facebook, she was intrigued. Not only is plastic pollution a big deal for her organization, any opportunity to share new education tools and resources with Mississippi teachers and students gets her “pumped.”

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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.