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.
Explore the impact of Wells Reserve’s educational programs in 2019, including their teacher training programs.
Latest News from the Wells Reserve
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.
Scientists at the Wells Reserve in southern Maine, researchers at the University of Maine and industry partners are trying to figure out why some lobsters die between when they are captured and when they are eaten.
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.