Stewardship and Cultural Education Thrives with Tribal Relationships

“Preserving Our Homeland” is a tribal youth program that brings together western science and tribal knowledge about fish, water, and plants in the Waquoit Bay. Participants report an increased interest in natural sciences and improved school performance in courses that involve these topics. To deepen the learning and understanding, a new outdoor exhibit also includes a wetu (an authentic Wampanoag dwelling). These programs are the result of a partnership between the the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. (2016)

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Partners: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute