Wells Reserve, Maine
The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve encompasses 2,250 acres of field, forest, salt marsh, and sandy beach in southern Maine. Its headquarters and main access for 30,000 annual visitors are at historic Laudholm Farm, a local landmark since the 17th century. The reserve’s science program is focused on climate change, environmental monitoring, ecosystem service valuation, habitat restoration, and shoreline stabilization. Educators reach “K through gray” audiences through more than 150 programs each year.
Latest News from the Wells Reserve
Coastal Resilience Yankee Style
Across New England, communities are struggling with the impacts of climate change, and the Coastal Training Programs (CTP) at the Great Bay, Wells, and Narragansett Bay Reserves are there to help.
Breeding like Rabbits in Maine
The New England Cottontail is endangered in Maine, but at the Wells Reserve they’re breeding like, well, rabbits! Why? Continuous investment in protected land, local partnership, and dedicated stewardship.
Portland High Goes to Camp
Nine students from Portland High School received full scholarships to spend a week immersed in the beautiful places protected by the Wells Reserve last summer—all with the support of local scientists and educators.