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The Wetlands Discovery Center is revolutionizing how we think, teach, and learn about Louisiana’s disappearing coast. Using our programs in policy, science, technology, engineering and math, we work to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders to develop innovative ways to communicate, respond and adapt to the changing landscape of our region. Because Southeast Louisiana is one of the most rapidly changing areas of the world, we have a responsibility to educate and empower our students to be creative problem solvers.
We partner with federal, state and local agencies along with other nonprofit organizations and the private sector to explain both the science and politics of coastal restoration. This way, our students gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges we face and their role in providing potential solutions.
An overwhelming number of these students want to remain living in their communities and raise their families here, but they realize this option may not be available to them in the manner it was available to their parents. We have an obligation to help these students explore ways of adapting to life in coastal Louisiana to help them preserve and protect their culture.
Many of our programs support the importance of the non-structural components of adaptation. These programs include the Wetlands Youth Summit, World Wetlands Day, the “iRestore” Media Literacy program, the Spring and Fall Mandalay Trail Excursions, the Vanishing Points Smart Phone App and our Summer Camps.