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.
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.
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
Teacher workshops for continuing education credits
Collaborative programs with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF), and the University of New Orleans' Coastal Education and Research Facility (CERF).
If you visited Turtle Cove or participated in any Turtle Cove activities, please take a moment to fill out the Turtle Cove Satisfaction Survey. It takes about one minute to complete and is anonymous, and will help us provide a better Turtle Cove experience for everyone. Thank you.