National Estuarine Research Reserve
Notice: In our efforts to adhere to Governor Baker’s directive of social distancing, the Reserve’s main campus including the Visitor Center, Laboratory and Boathouse is closed to visitors until further notice. Designated emergency personnel will be on site as needed.
All staff are working remotely at this time and this will continue until further notice. During this period, the most efficient method to reach staff is via email (http://waquoitbayreserve.org/about/staff/). If you need to contact us by phone, please call our main line: 508-457-0495.
The WBNERR staff wishes that everyone remains healthy as we all do our best to navigate this new challenge. We will update this notice if/when any new directives are issued.
Sincerely, The WBNERR Team
The reserve is located on the south shore of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and contains open waters, salt and fresh marshes, barrier beaches, sand dunes, rivers, mixed pine and oak forests, and sandplain grasslands. Waquoit Bay, approximately 825 acres, is the dominant water feature and once supported one of the most diverse estuarine fish communities in the state. Waquoit Bay is still important to commercial and recreational shellfish and finfish fisheries.