Our group of five (including a 4 1/2 year old) visited the Wetlands on a cloudy day with rain expected. First we saw a short movie (which could be updated to include more recent information perhaps) as well as a brief introduction by a guide. She was very knowledgeable and explained everything so that it was easily understood. It turned out that she was also our guide for a tour of the salt marsh. It was fascinating to learn about the osprey, the terrapins, their mating habits and egg laying, the mud in the marsh, the grasses etc. There was a walkway that took us through the marsh as we learned. Our granddaughter said that she really liked learning "so much". We also visited the aquarium and felt the exhibits there were very well done. Another highlight was the fishing. The guide helped our granddaughter and other little ones cast a small net and pull in some little shrimps and crabs! She was able to see how these little creatures hid in the grasses and dirt and when caught would jump around in the water bucket! What a treat! Finally we browsed in the gift shop. It had an excellent collection of books for children that continued the learning process. The Wetlands Institute was the perfect place to go on a non-beach day!
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