Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is part of a national network of coastal reserves established as living laboratories for long-term scientific research and estuarine education. The Reserve was designated in 1986 and is managed as a cooperative partnership between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with additional support from the 500-member nonprofit Weeks Bay Foundation and volunteers.
Located along the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, the Weeks Bay estuary, "where rivers meet the sea,” is an important site of scientific research on estuarine ecology and contains a variety of habitats which support a diverse and important assemblage of native plants and animals. The Reserve’s administrative offices are located in the Weeks Bay Reserve Interpretive Center. The Center also provides laboratories for ecological research and serves as a focal point for public visitation and educational programs. Please explore our website to learn more about research, education, and volunteer opportunities at Weeks Bay Reserve.
Long-term research and monitoring of water quality, abundance and types of important plant and animal species, and overall health of the Weeks Bay watershed through the Research program.
Science-based tools and training for coastal decision-makers through the Coastal Training Program
Coastal education programs for students and teachers through the Education Program
Management of the natural resources and restoration of ecosystem function through the Stewardship program.
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan 2017-2022
Weeks Bay Reserve Draft Plan
Weeks Bay Visitor Center and Nature Trails
The Weeks Bay Visitor Center offers the public opportunities to learn about coastal habitats through its exhibits, live animal displays, and collections of animals and regional plants. Self-guiding nature trails wind through wetlands, marshes, forests and a pitcher plant bog.
Weeks Bay Visitor Center is located on Hwy 98 between Fairhope and Foley, just west of the Fish River Bridge, in South Baldwin Co, AL
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed State and Federal Holidays
For more information contact:
Weeks Bay Reserve
11300 U.S. Hwy 98
Fairhope, AL 36532
fax: (251) 928-1792