Turtle Cove

Turtle Cove



VIDEOS: Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to view our two primary videos: (1) "Troubled Waters: History of the Manchac Swamp Ecosystem and Turtle Cove (20 min, 2019) and (2) Turtle Cove Public Relations Video (30 min, 2012)

 FUNDRAISERS: Thank you to all who attended our 2017 Fundraiser!!! It was a huge success and much appreciated. Our next fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2020--stay tuned for more information by checking here.  If you would like to make donation to Turtle Cove you can still do so via our regular on-line credit card system here: On-Line Donation Submittal for Turtle Cove Donations

Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program(click for more information on Turtle Cove's annual Christmas Tree program--each season new information is posted in mid-December).

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. See our 20-minute Public Relations video at the bottom of this page for more information about everything we do at Turtle Cove.

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. We also ask that you consider helping to support our programs by making a donation to Turtle Cove through our Southeastern Foundation.


What goes on at Turtle Cove? 

  • University classes (at both undergraduate and graduate levels)

  • Professional Interdisciplinary Research and collaborative opportunities, primarily in biology (wetland ecology, cypress restoration, aquatic microbiology, entomology, herpetology, etc), but also environmental issues in chemistry, history, economics, education, the arts, and more, and not only from Southeastern, but other regional universities as well.

  • Marsh Restoration Programs (Christmas Tree Recycling Program)---in the past 26 years Turtle Cove staff have deployed over 40,000 Christmas Trees in the surrounding marshes of Turtle Cove for the benefits of erosion control, habitat creation, diversion of trees from landfills and for hands-on environmental work.  Turtle Cove also partners with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana in helping to replant cypress trees in the area.


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Troubled Waters: A History of Manchac

Ecosystem and Turtle Cove (2019)


Turtle Cove Public Relations Video  (2012)


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