PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Lab & Learning Center on Prudence Island will remain closed to visitors until further notice. Staff can be reached via email or phone and are splitting time between island offices and teleworking (all staff are listed under the ‘About’ tab). All trails and Reserve properties remain open, but we remind you to please practice social distancing and other safety measures as outlined by state and federal agencies. Thank you for your continued understanding.
The Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 29 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 and administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and managed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.