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Help us rebuild the Ernst Marine Conservation Center, a classroom in the heart of an 88-acre wetlands preserve on Long Island, destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
Lori Andrews
Stony Brook, New York
United States
2 Team Members

Our Marine Conservation Center on Long Island was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, but we're not giving up!

Nature can be a beautiful and a terrible thing, and we've learned both of these lessons at the Ernst Marine Conservation Center (MCC) in the past few months.  'We' are The Ward Melville Heritage Organization, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation on the North Shore of Long Island.  We create and teach educational programs for students of all ages at the MCC, located at our 88-acre wetlands preserve.  The MCC was nearly destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in late October, and we are struggling to rebuild this "living classroom" for the community. Everyone at our organization works hard to preserve this special place: WMHO's Youth Corps, their families and friends, and community members plant spartina annualy to prevent erosion of the coastline, and remove invasive species like pepperweed from the area to prevent it from spreading.  But our love and hard work couldn't prevent a natural distaster, which is why we need YOU to help us rebuild!

Here's What We Need:

Aerial shot of the MCCWe have already raised funds to gut the entire building and install new flooring, insulation, and sheetrock ... but we still have a long way to go!  Here's what we still need funding for:

  • Carpeting for the classroom floors
  • Vinyl flooring for the bathroom
  • Heating and air conditioning units
  • Trim work

Thank you card from a Salt Marsh Explorer


There are tons of awesome perks as a great big THANK YOU for helping us to preserve our marine classroom.  Receive gratitude in the form of thank you letters from our elementary school-aged Salt Marsh Explorers, wetland-themed tees and mugs, and even distance learning programs LIVE from the MCC!

This is Who You're Helping:

By helping us to rebuild, you're supporting marine education for students on Long Island and all over the world.  In addition to our on-site programs at the MCC, we offer distance learning programs that connect classrooms to our incredible, unique estuary with LIVE interactions.  Imagine what it feels like to introduce a live horseshoe crab to a student in Minnesota who had never even HEARD of a horseshoe crab (much less seen one!), then telling him that these creatures are older than dinosaurs ... by supporting the MCC, you're supporting amazing moments like this.


These Are Ways You Can Help:

Contributions are the best way to help us rebuild and get back to teaching and learning, but there are also other ways you can help us!  You can:

  • Contribute to the rebuilding of our amazing MCC
  • Don't clam up about our campaign: spread the word through Facebook, Twitter, and email
  • Visit our website to learn more about WMHO and all of our education programs

On behalf of all of the students, educators, community members and activists, and the fragile ecosystem we are all fighting to preserve, thank you!  We think you're pretty amazing (and the happy herons do, too).

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$10,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on April 9, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Happy Herons

    Eternal love from the 88-acre wetlands preserve, plus the fuzzy feeling that goes along with doing something good.

    0 claimed
  • $10USD
    Grateful Gulls

    A shout-out to wonderful YOU on our website!

    3 claimed
  • $25USD
    Blushing Barnacles

    A shout-out on our website, plus a personalized thank you card from our Salt Marsh Explorer students.

    3 claimed
  • $50USD
    Merry Mussels

    A shout-out on our website, a personalized thank you card from our Salt Marsh Explorers, AND a spot in an extra-special distance learning program LIVE from the MCC!

    2 claimed
  • $75USD
    Thrilled Turtles

    A shout-out on our website, a personalized thank you card from our Salt Marsh Explorers, a spot in an extra-special distance learning program LIVE from the MCC, AND a matted photograph of our wetlands preserve.

    1 claimed
  • $100USD
    Ecstatic Egrets

    You get ALL of the awesome perks mentioned above, plus an "Advice from a Wetland" mug ... from which you can sip your coffee and feel like a star(fish).

    10 claimed
  • $250USD
    Delighted Ducks

    Every single thing mentioned above, plus an "Advice from a Wetland" tee shirt to go with your mug!

    3 claimed
  • $500USD
    Overjoyed Oysters

    All of the shout-outs and thank yous, plus the "Advice from a Wetland" tee and mug AND your very own distance learning or on-site program for a group of 10 with our educators at the MCC!

    0 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Speechless Starfish

    You are a marine conservation hero, and we can't say thank you enough! We'll try, though, with all of the shout-outs and thank yous, plus the "Advice from a Wetland" tee and mug AND a trip for 10 through the wetlands on our "Discovery" pontoon boat!

    1 claimed
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