Thank you for visiting the website of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation. Our mission is to support the activities of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) as its non-profit, all-volunteer organization.

You can contribute to a robust and sustainable coast.

Please help the Foundation to support the activities of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. 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 our comprehensive plan for restoring and protecting our great estuary. Your tax-deductible donation gives us added flexibility and power to accomplish our mission: a robust and sustainable coast.

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

Support for habitat restoration projects including vegetative plantings, bird nesting grounds, wetlands, and maritime forests.

Volunteer Program – Support for the volunteer opportunities in coastal restoration.

Outreach – Including the La Fete d’Ecologie annual ecological festival and Paddle Bayou LaFourche, the annual 4-day paddle trip from Donaldsonville to Lockport.

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


For more info contact:
Michele Beary,
Foundation Office Coordinator

Toll Free: (800) 259-0869
Office: (985) 447-0871
Fax: (985) 447-0870

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1336
Thibodaux LA 70302

Office Address:
BTNEP Office
320 Audubon Dr.
N. Babington Hall, Rm 105
Thibodaux LA 70301

Gullf Oil Spill at Barataria Terrebone EstuaryThe Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation is supporting BTNEP’s tireless efforts in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Your tax-deductable donation will fund a number important response and recovery activities including wildlife rescue and transport, habitat restoration, volunteer response, the documentation of coastal impacts, and long-term research on damage and recovery.



estuaryAn estuary is a coastal area where the freshwater of our rivers and bayous meet and mix with the saltwater of the sea. It is an area that creates rich biological and ecological diversity.

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary contains diverse wetland habitats that provide a wealth of benefits such as commercial and recreational activities, invaluable nurseries for fisheries, energy for the nation, communities for thousands of people, and coastal protection from tropical weather.

But our coastal wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate due to mostly man-made impacts on the land. Fortunately, BTNEP has developed the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the estuary. Please visit to learn more about our great estuary, and to see how BTNEP is working to implement the plan to restore and protect this treasure. Join the Estuary Foundation in supporting the great work of BTNEP, and together we will ensure that the value of the estuary is protected for generations to come.