Wetlands Discovery Center Gets New Home

Posted in Words from the Wetlands on 02/10/2014

The Wetlands Discovery Center is happy to announce its new temporary home at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum. The organization has signed an agreement with Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, which allows the Center use of office space in return for creating educational and cultural programs for students, residents and visitors. The first program to commemorate this agreement was the World Wetlands Day celebration held on Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum.

“The Wetlands Discovery Center has always produced programs throughout the year that have taken place at the Waterlife Museum. Although the mission of the Waterlife Museum and the Wetlands Discovery Center are not the same, we have enough common ground that the partnership makes sense. Having our offices located upstairs will make programming the space that much easier,” said Wetlands Discovery Center Executive Director Jonathan Foret.

February 2 each year is World Wetlands Day. Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and groups of citizens undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general. The theme for this year is Wetlands & Agriculture: Partners for Growth.

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, the Wetlands Discovery Center will host an educational event complete with hands-on activities and a tour of the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum in Downtown Houma for over 240 third, fourth and sixth grade students attending Southdown Elementary School, Village East Elementary School and St. Francis de Sales Cathedral School on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizations and businesses have partnered with the Wetlands Discovery Center to provide experiences and activities for the students to learn more about our estuary. These groups include the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Bayouland RC&D, CWPPRA, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the USDA Sugarcane Research Station.

“The students of South Louisiana are ready to fight to preserve their way of life, but it is our responsibility to arm them with the tools necessary to win this battle,” said Wetlands Discovery Center Executive Director Jonathan Foret.

It is the Wetlands Discovery Center’s vision to provide a deep appreciation of the value of the wetlands, as well as a broad understanding of many key principles in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Terrebonne Parish’s 2014 World Wetlands Day is made possible by grant funding provided by the Bayou Community Foundation, the Buquet Family Foundation and the Fourchon Oilman’s Association.

The Wetlands Discovery Center will kick-off its capital campaign this spring to raise the funds necessary to construct its permanent home near the Courtyard Marriott and Main Branch Library. The organization will raise $1.3 million to complete the first of four phases of this project.