National Estuaries Week 2015: September 19 -26

National Estuaries Week is a terrific opportunity to learn more about estuaries and the perfect excuse to spend time on your local bay. You can take advantage of volunteer opportunities and hands-on restoration in your nearby bay or estuary, participate in a guided walk or boat tour, or simply explore your estuary with family and friends. Every year, Restore America's Estuaries member organizations, NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and EPA’s National Estuary Program organize special events like beach clean-ups, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, cruises, workshops, and more – all across the country!

Over a quarter century after the first National Estuaries Day in 1988, we understand that estuarine ecosystems serve as natural barriers to buffer against storms and floods, absorb and store carbon, and provide critical habitat for commercial and recreational fisheries. The need to protect and restore these critical places has never been more pressing.


Check out the map below for an event near you. Note that you can click the scroll bar next to the map for a complete listing of events. Find out more event details by clicking on the event sponsor/organization name.

Have an event to add to our map?  Fill out our online form here to add your event to the map below.

And a big thanks to this year's Gulf Coast sponsor: 

CITGO is our Gulf Coast Regional Sponsor of National Estuaries Week 2015.

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CITGO is the Gulf Coast Regional Sponsor of National Estuaries Week 2015.  CITGO is supporting events hosted by RAE members and partners in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi while promoting National Estuaries Week throughout the Gulf region as part of Caring for Our Coast, a conservation and restoration initiative commemorating the 10th year since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck less than a month apart along the Gulf Coast. 



If you are hosting an estuaries week event, check out our 2015 Toolkit for templates on how to make the most of your event through social media postings, blog write-ups, press releases and more! And remember to include the hashtags #estuariesweek and #celebratethecoast when posting to social media!

What are you doing to get involved with National Estuaries Week this year? Check out our map below to find events near you!

 2015 Estuaries Week Map of Events - click on an event near you to find out how to get involved!

View 2015 Estuaries Week Events in a full screen map

View Estuaries Week Events in a full screen map

2014 National Estuaries Week huge success: Check out what we accomplished together in our 2014 wrap-up report.