Mission Statement
The mission of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation (BTEF) is to involve a representation of a broad base of people to support the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP). This includes supporting the mission of stewardship of the cultural, economic and ecological resources of the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins. Formed in 1995, the Foundation is the fund-raising organization for the benefit of the BTNEP.

Action Plan
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) strives to rebuild and protect the estuary for future generations through a Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan. The plan includes the implementation of science-based, consensus-driven actions that utilize partnerships focused on the estuary's rich cultural, economic, and natural resources. For more information, visit www.BTNEP.org.

BTNEP receives some federal funds through Section 320 of the EPA’s Clean Water Act, but so much more is needed in order to successfully implement the comprehensive plan for restoring and protecting our national estuary.

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary is located between the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers in south Louisiana. Bayou Lafourche separates this complex into two basins, Barataria Basin to the east, and Terrebonne Basin to the west. The Estuary includes all or parts of 16 Louisiana parishes. Those parishes include: Ascension, Assumption, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and West Baton Rouge.

Whether you live, work, or play in Louisiana's Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary or you are one of the millions that use its resources across the nation, you have a vested interest in its restoration.

Your donation will be used to support coastal and cultural preservation and restoration, including:

Habitat Restoration: Projects including vegetative plantings, restoration of bird nesting grounds, wetlands, and maritime forests as well as invasive species and litter removal programs.

Volunteer Program: Support for the volunteeropportunities in coastal restoration.

Outreach & Education: Events including Paddle Bayou LaFourche, Bayou Lafourche Clean-up, White Boot Stroll, the development of classroom curricula, and the production of educational material.

Research: Estuarine research including costal birds, marine life, and water quality.

BTEF respects the privacy of its donors and will not sell or distribute e-mail addresses or contact information. Please see our donor privacy policy for more information.


Upcoming Events!

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Why Volunteer with the Estuary Foundation or BTNEP?

By volunteering, you can:
Gain valuable field training and experience in environmental conservation and restoration

Earn volunteer credit for school, community service, and other service projects

Enjoy the amazing feeling of doing something great for the environment!

Some employers offer a grant to the nonprofit for a certain amount of hours volunteered. Inquire to your HR department to find out.

Become experienced in non-profit development, administration, and fundraising activities.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Group Plantings:
BTNEP can work with corporate groups, college, and youth groups to coordinate coastal restoration plantings. A minimum number of volunteers are required for most plantings. Planting opportunities will dependent on site availability.
› Email seth@btnep.org to check availability.

Annual Bayou Lafourche Cleanup:
Bringing awareness to the public regarding the importance of keeping Bayou Lafourche clean has become a major goal of the BTNEP. For the past four years, thousands of volunteers have joined us for this event. We have removed approximately 75 tons of trash and debris from our drinking water supply. We invite you to participate in this highly successful community project by becoming a volunteer.
› Email alma@btnep.org for more information.

Administrative & Fundraising Support:
The Estuary Foundation has a lot going on around the office! If you’re looking to earn a few volunteer hours after school, utilize your administrative or fundraising skills, or seeking other special in-office projects, let us know and we may be able to work with you.
› Email michele@btnep.org to check availability.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Throughout the year, we host a variety of events and projects that educate, integrate, and entertain the public. Let us know what you are looking for, and we will gladly work with you to make you a vital part of our volunteer network.
› Email michele@btnep.org for more information.