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Get Your Feet Muddy at the Waquoit Bay Reserve!

May 5, 2021

Tonna-Marie Rogers, NOAA’s Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth, MA

Come along as we explore the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) on Cape Cod, MA. Walk (virtually) with us into the shallow bay to visit experiment sites, explore the salt marsh, observe osprey and bay creatures, and wade into water sampling to collect data. Take an exciting field trip to discover and enjoy different parts of the Reserve located in the land of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. All this and more happens on this NOAA reserve study site, one of 29 in the US. We study coastal ecosystems, how humans impact them, and how we can all work to preserve these special places for all.

Resources to access at home:

» WBNERR’s STEM curriculum for teachers: This includes the “Bringing wetlands to market: a STEM curriculum linking wetlands and climate change”, the “Sentinel site lesson plan booklet”, and more.
» Find a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) near you
» NOAA’s NERR Estuary Education Website: This has activities for students, teacher workshops, videos, and more!
» Virtual Estuary Education for students and families: This includes virtual field trips, science crafts, nature journaling in your backyard, and more!
» WBNERR water quality data: WQBMHWQ station and WQBMHWQ station (scroll to the bottom of the page to find these stations)
» Wampanoag “Preserving our Homelands” video