Wildfowl Trust of North America, Inc.

aka Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center   |   Grasonville, MD   |  http://www.bayrestoration.org

Mission

The Wildfowl Trust of North America, Inc. (WTNA) and its 510-acre site the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC), is a private, non-profit 501c3 dedicated to promoting stewardship and sustainability through environmental education and habitat restoration.

Ruling year info

1980

Principal Officer

Ms. Judy Wink

Co Principal Officer

Vicki Paulas

Main address

PO Box 519

Grasonville, MD 21638

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Formerly known as

Horsehead Wetlands Center

EIN

52-1188939

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Eduaction

The focus of CBEC is to provide exceptional "hands-on, feet-wet" learning experiences that lead to environmental stewardship and sustainable living practices.  The center provides environmental education programming to over 25,000 participants annually ranging from early childhood development, K-12th grade, college students and adults. Programs vary from artificial reefs surveys, invertebrate sampling, bird conservation, seining, low impact tourism (such as kayaking, geocaching, hiking) and homeowner workshops.  To be cutting-edge competitive, CBEC incorporates the use of technologies such as GPS units for habitat scavenger hunts and ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicles) construction and operation for basic reef studies in order to encourage team work and critical thinking skills.  CBEC's newest educational project involves the use of long-distance learning technologies to connect local elementary students with students in Costa Rica to share natural history information relative to bird migration.

CBEC has identified and is actively pursuing a new opportunity that is currently underserved and incorporates its core mission.  This new opportunity focuses on CBEC serving as a national showcase for restoration-based education by becoming the incubator and an accredited institution for Bay-wide restoration activities.  The education center woud be expanded to include not only lectures, workshops but hands-on lessons in living shoreline installation, artificial reef placement, oyster bar construction and bay grass restoration for researchers, homeowners, school students, contractors and government personnel.  CBEC has hosted several international delegations from China, Brazil, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia including the US Department of State interested in learning the facets of habitat restoration such as best BMP's to recruiting volunteers and forming partnerships.

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Awards

Excellence in Business-Environmental Awareness for Judy Wink 2004

Queen Anne's County Chamber of Commerce

Best Elementary School Project-National 2005

Reefball Foundation

Raven's Community Quarterback Award-Volunteer Coordinator 2005

Baltimore Ravens

Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment-Shared with U of MD 2006

National Council on Aging

Excellence in Business-Environmental Awareness for Vicki Paulas 2006

Queen Anne's County Chamber of Commerce

Financials

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Wildfowl Trust of North America, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/13/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Phillip Ross

Petrie-Ross Ventures LLC.

Term: 2010 -

Carl Tenner

Carl J. Tenner, Esq.

Phillip Ross

Petrie-Ross Ventures LLC.

William Bennett

William T. Bennett, Esq.

George Young

W.R. Grace

Tom Jone

Northrop Grumman

Merry Tobin

Chesapeake Real Estate Associates

Leilani McGrath

Anne Arundel Community College

Patrick McNeally

K. Hovnanian Four Seasons

Calvin Case

Case Shoreline Restoration

Torrey Brown

Emeritus