News and Upcoming Events:
Our Second-EverTurtle Cove Fundraiser 2017- Come Pass a Roasting Good Time on the Pass!, was a huge success for us with over 80 people attending on what was a bit of a cold day. The event was held on Saturday, October 28th, 11am-3pm and had Live Cajun Music, Roast Pig, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Middendorf's Bread Pudding, Champagne Boat Ride, Silent Auction, Wine, Beer and Worm Buckets! The theme of the event included the first ever showing of the new "Manchac/Turtle Cove Artifacts Exhibit" that is now housed in two places (identical exhibits): (1) at Turtle Cove on the second floor----you can visit it if on an arranged education/outreach group trip, scheduled as one of our field trips, or (2) visit the 3rd Floor of the Sims Memorial Library on the Southeastern Campus.
Last Year in Review: 2016 Annual Report
Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program:
Southeastern's Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station provides for the annual recycling of the region's Christmas Trees to help our coastal environment. We partner with the City of Hammond, City of Ponchatoula, Lowes, Middendorf's Restauarant, and since 2015 Southeastern's Sustainability Center now provides a drop-off site on campus for Southeastern faculty, staff and students, as well as for the surrounding community, in effect providing a second drop-off site for the City of Hammond on the University-end of town. Drop-off dates and times run through the month of January each year, 7:00am-4:00pm M-Th, and 8:00am-10:00am on Fridays. The address for the drop-off location on campus is:
Southeastern Louisiana University - Sustainability Center
2101 North Oak Street
Hammond, LA 70402
Please make sure your tree is not flocked and is free of any lights, ornaments, metal stands, or other un-natural materials. Trees will be picked up in February by City of Hammond trucks and brought to Turtle Cove's boatshed site in Manchac where the trees will be loaded onto the station's Pontoon Boat and deployed in the marsh during the early spring. University students and volunteers from the surrounding community will do the work. Over the past 26 years, Turtle Cove have been involved in the deployment of approximately 35,000 Christmas Trees into the Manchac marsh in various areas. Benefits of recycling Christmas Trees into the marsh include: erosion protection; marsh building and habitat creation for wildlife and fisheries; keeping trees out of landfills; and providing hands-on environmental education activities for our students and citizens in real-world wetland restoration activities.