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NOAA National Estuarine Reserve Volunteer Opportunities

Picture of a North Carolina reserve.Volunteers can join researchers as they monitor the quality of water; help organize an event for National Estuaries Day or a fundraising event; help educate others about estuaries, their plants and animals, and the reserve system.

Volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills, gain new insights, network with local experts, meet new friends, and participate in a worthwhile community program.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System embodies 27 protected areas along the East, West, Gulf coasts and Great Lakes that have been established for long-term research, education and stewardship. This partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states protects more than one million acres of estuarine land and water, which provides essential habitat for wildlife; offers educational opportunities for students, teachers and the public; and serves as living laboratories for scientists.

Contact: (301) 713-3155

Estuarine Reserve information and local Education Coordinator contacts:

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