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Waquoit Bay Reserve, Massachusetts

State

Massachusetts

State Partner

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Acres

2,804

Est. Date

1988

Perched on the southern coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts’s Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is made up off almost 3,000 acres of diverse landscape that is home to many species, including some of the last sea-run brook trout in existence. The Reserve’s land was purchased in the 1970’s by a group of concerned citizens. It is an optimal location for research that explores human impacts on natural ecosystems due to it’s close proximity to developed areas. The Reserve is also a leader in the research to understand how to manage the blue carbon in wetlands.

Explore the impact of Waquoit Bay Reserve’s educational programs in 2019, including their educational field trips for elementary and high schoolers, and their virtual support for environmental eductors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Did You Know…

One of the Waquoit Bay Reserve’s partners, the Wampanoag tribe, greeted the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1620.

Latest News from the Waquoit Bay Reserve

New England Marshes Need Support

New England Marshes Need Support

Four New England Reserves conducted a study on salt marsh resilience to climate change, and the results are clear—these special places are losing the battle with sea level rise, and need action.

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Supporting Massachusetts Teachers

Supporting Massachusetts Teachers

Massachusetts teachers are prepped to help students step “away from the screen” and into their own backyards, to learn about science while staying safe, thanks to the Waquoit Bay Reserve.

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Waquoit Bay Reserve, Massachusetts