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“Salt Marsh Fun”

The Wetlands Institute
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This nature center features exhibits on local marine life, along with activities like kayaking and dune walks.
Reviewed 30 May 2014

This venerable study center is open to the public for a fee; or you can join for a modest amount and get free entry. Multiple nature exhibits, programs on shore and salt marsh themes, walking trails, and salt marsh boat excursion are only some of the interesting programs offered by this beautiful center.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

If you have a larger family it is more beneficial to become a member than to pay for a 1 day admission. The admission price is very reasonable but if you have a family of 5 or more it works out cheaper for the membership and you can go back as often as you like. The main building has an educational room that can hold live presentations and show videos. They also occasionally have live webcams of the nesting falcons. The main building also contains a nice gift shop and restrooms. Just steps from that building is another building with an small aquarium displaying native fish and other animals around the bay and ocean. Different times throughout the day the kids can touch some of the animals in the aquarium. The nature walk you can find sea turtle nests, my kids have been lucky enough to find unmarked nests that are hatching. They were then allowed to help the staff with the baby turtles after notifying them of the nest. At the dock at different times you can help throw out a net and see what you catch and explore the finds before releasing them back into the channel. Watch out for poison ivy along the side of the path if you are allergic it is everywhere! We come here several times every summer and the kids never get bored.

Thank johndeir
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

The educational exhibits were good, the trails offered good bird watching, and the gift shop had a good book selection, beautiful posters/prints. Well worth spending an hour visiting - with stuff to entertain and educate the whole family.

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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Two of us came here to explore a little and take some photos. It was a cold and slightly rainy day, so it wasn't the best time to come, but overall, it was pretty decent. A nice place to walk around a little and you get to see some cool things. As a photographer, I truly enjoyed the different opportunities for things to capture images of.

Thank softball29
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

I was visiting my family back east, and although they're not birders, they decided to go with me to the Migration Festival that was held at the Wetlands Institute this past September. I'm so glad we went. This is a really nice facility with butterfly gardens and an overlook to the wetlands. There is also a trail that goes out into the wetlands area where you can take a quiet nature walk or watch for birds. Inside the building there is a a room with some live exhibits. We especially loved seeing the octopus. (I didn't know that an octopus is as intelligent as a cat. This little guy seemed very interested in observing the people coming up to his tank.) The facility also has a good-sized meeting room, which is where we saw a live birds demonstration as part of the festival. There's an entrance fee but it's for a good cause.

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