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Salt Marsh Nursery Program

The Salt Marsh Nursery Program is designed to run the length of the school year, from September through June, although the majority of the work is done in the spring, from February through June

Is the salt marsh nursery program right for my class?

Collecting Seeds: In September, students may go out into a healthy donor marsh to collect S. alterniflora seeds. Seeds are collected just before they would naturally fall off during the full moon high tide in late September. If your class is unable to collect their own seeds, Save the Bay can provide them for you. 

Winter Seed Storage: Seeds are stored at room temperature for about 2 months, from September till about November. Seeds are then separated from their stalks (if needed) and placed into a 40 ppt seawater solution. They are then stored in a refrigerator to replicate winter. 

Seed Planting: In about February, seeds are planted into a mixture of  peat and sand and kept wet with fresh water.

Seedling Care, Maintaince and Monitoring: Seedlings are first kept wet with fresh water, and later acclimated to salt water.  Fertilizer is added to help their growth.  Students can be involved with the maintaince and care of the seedings by monitoring and keeping records of plant growth, watering, fertilizing, and plant health. 

Seedling Planting: Students plant their seedlings at a saltmarsh restoration site just before they leave school for the summer.

If you and your class are interested in getting involved in Save the Bay's Salt Marsh Nursery program, please contact Rupa at rdatta@savebay.org or 401-272-3540, x133 for more information. 

For more details, check out our step-by-step tutorial starting with Seed Collection.


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