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Welcome to the Center

The Wetlands Discovery Center is revolutionizing how we think, teach and learn about Louisiana’s disappearing coast. Our programs focus on developing adaptation skills in our young people. By doing so, we ensure the survival of our culture along with our workforce.

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Welcome to the Center

Revolutionizing Coastal Education

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. The Wetlands Discovery Center has an obligation to educate these students to adapt for the future. We have the opportunity to lift our young people from the water. By teaching our students adaptability, we teach them to swim and survive.

Revolutionizing Coastal Education

Envisioning the Future

Whether you live along Bayou Terrebonne, work along Bayou Lafourche, or celebrate in the city of New Orleans, we're all in this together. Everyone across the globe faces challenges in the place they choose to live, but the residents of coastal Louisiana face complicated issues. Our land is washing away, but that doesn't mean our next generation has to be lost too.

Envisioning the Future

Environmental Heritage

We live at a very unique intersection between environment and culture where one is dependent on the other. Our Environmental Heritage comes with the great responsibility of ensuring that generations to come will be able to enjoy what this land and water have given us for decades.

Environmental Heritage
Events

Good Earth Market Goes Online!

Since we had to cancel our Good Earth Market, we decided to create a contact list of local food/goods producers as a part of our virtual Good Earth Market.

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The tenth annual Rougarou Fest will not take place as originally planned this year. Our efforts will instead be focused on helping our community to recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Ida through our newly developed Rougarou Relief program.

The Rougarou Fest and the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center have partnered with The Helio Foundation to raise over $500,000 to assist in recovery efforts. Our first program began just days after the storm. We have been providing $400 mini-grants to community members most impacted by the hurricane. Thus far we have distributed over $100,000 directly into the hands of our residents through referrals from community leaders. Many businesses and concerned citizens have been integral in our ability to raise these funds including the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Hancock Whitney, Mosquito Supper Club, and Mimosa Handcrafted. Visit www.bayoufund.org to donate to our go fund me campaign!

“The outpouring of support we have received from around the state, the country and the world has been uplifting, but our people are still hurting. We know we have a long journey ahead of us, and we are committed to helping our community every step of the way,” Raegan Creppell, Executive Director, Helio Foundation.

Our next efforts will be to support our independent commercial fishermen with damaged vessels and our teachers that have lost their educational materials due to damage in their classrooms. We are also working to help expedite temporary housing for those of our residents most in need through a network of concerned citizens contacting legislators and helping to organize media attention on the issue.

In late October, we will take our Rougarou Relief on the road to our bayou communities. Through the support of our sponsors like Peoples Drug Store Houma, we will cook some of our most popular dishes to share for free with bayou residents to provide a little comfort during such a difficult time. That schedule with locations will be announced as soon as it is developed.

“Our bayou communities are the heartbeat of the Rougarou Fest. Our folklore, our food, our music, our family, our volunteers, our sense of community, all come from the bayou. We will do everything we can to help our people heal from the trauma caused by this storm, and that heartbeat will once again grow strong,” Jonathan Foret, Executive Director, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.
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Check out this video by DJ Rhett highlighting the amazing project done by Restore the Earth Foundation in partnership with SLWDC and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries! Over 5000 acres of cypress were planted in Point Aux Chene to restore our wetlands! ... See MoreSee Less

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