Supporting healthy and resilient coastal communities and habitats
The Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 30 National Estuarine Research Reserves located around the country. Established to provide long-term protection of coastal lands so they can serve as platforms for research, education and recreation. The Reserve is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is part of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
We collect information about water quality and weather in Narragansett Bay year-round to monitor change and track trends.
Our education programs cultivate awareness and appreciation for Narragansett Bay’s natural resources through place-based experiences for all ages.
The Reserve manages 63% of Prudence Island and its surrounding waters. Visit our Learning Center and explore popular hiking trails, fishing spots, bird watching, and more.
We use the best available science to maintain and restore healthy, productive, and resilient ecosystems throughout Narragansett Bay and its surrounding waters.