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.

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

Emissions Matter

Emissions Matter

According to the 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report, past carbon emissions are making it more likely that we will see two feet of sea level rise along the U.S. coastline before 2100.

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Connecting Students with Nature

Connecting Students with Nature

I was tasked with developing an educational program about ospreys using a live webcam at the Reserve. As a person of color who speaks Spanish as a first language, I noticed a struggle that no one could see.

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Kids Teaching Kids

Kids Teaching Kids

Picture this: children, elders, and other members from the Wampanoag Tribe teaching non-indigenous children and adults about their traditional food, music, dancing, and crafts. Sound inspiring? Educators at the Waquoit Bay Reserve thought so, too.

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Waquoit Bay Reserve, Massachusetts