Southeaster Louisiana University

Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station


The mission of the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station (Turtle Cove ERS) is to facilitate and support a better understanding of Southeast Louisiana's coastal wetland environments through research, education, and public outreach activities and programs for Southeastern's students, faculty and staff as well as the greater University community. Turtle Cove itself is a historic structure located in the wetlands on Pass Manchac. a natural pass that connects Lakes' Pontchartrain and Maurepas in southeastern Louisiana.The building was built in 1908 and is home to a variety of ecological and environmental research and educational programs.

single tree in the swamp


We invite you to visit the station itself, possibly as a student, volunteer, community member, researcher, or educator. Join us on a field trip or an ecosystem tour,begin a new research project, or attend one of our teacher workshops.


What goes on at Turtle Cove?

  • University classes (at both undergraduate and graduate levels)
  • Professional research and collaborative opportunities like the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Research Program (PBRP)
  • Graduate student research opportunities
  • Community outreach programs, featuring our ecosystem tours, including the brand new Self-Guided Boardwalk Tour
  • K-12 field trips and inquiry-based learning experiences and new field training program for young scientists
  • Teacher workshops for continuing education credits
  • Collaborative programs with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation


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Contact Us

Robert Moreau


SLU 10585

Hammond, LA 70402

Wilson Hall 104