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Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve & Laudholm Trust

The Wells Reserve is a 2,250-acre site that has a diversity of habitats, including beaches and dunes, salt marshes, upland fields and forests, freshwater wetlands, and rivers and streams. It is headquartered at historic Laudholm Farm.

The Laudholm Farm, located on a hill overlooking Wells Bay, is one of the most beloved historic sites in southern Maine. Today it serves as the location of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Reserve is located off Route 1 in Wells. All are welcome. 207-646-1555

The Little River estuary forms a border between Wells and Kennebunk.

Contact Information

Main Contact

  • Paul Dest, Executive Director
  • 342 Laudholm Farm Road
  • Wells 04090
  • Phone: 207-646-1555 |  FAX: 207-646-2930
  • Email:

    Alternate Contact

    • Nik Charov, President, Laudholm Trust
    • P.O. Box 1007
    • Wells, ME 04090
    • Phone: 207-646-4521, ext. 144 
    • Email:

MLTN Member

Mission Statement

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and Laudholm Trust are dedicated to understanding, protecting, and restoring coastal ecosystems of the Gulf of Maine through integrated research, stewardship, environmental learning, and community partnerships.


Southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire

Quick Facts

  • Number of Staff: 22.00
  • Membership: 2500
  • Annual Meeting: December
  • Newsletter: Watermark
      • Founded: 1982
      • Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
      • Headquartered at Historic Laudholm Farm, the Reserve is open year round for public enjoyment, with seven miles of trails, through woodlands, salt marshes, and beach offering public programs and exhibits in spring, summer, and fall
      • Our Education Program provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn and gain in-depth knowledge about natural resources. 
      • Our Research Program studies ecology and produces information needed to sustain or restore coastal and estuarine habitats and resources
      • Our Coastal Training Program provides science-based information to community leaders, policy-makers, natural resource professionals, regulators, and elected officials to help them make informed decisions about natural resource use and management.
      • Our Stewardship Program manages and protects the natural resources within the Reserve's boundary, and works with communities and land trusts to conserve and protect coastal watershed resources
      • To request a calendar of activities please e-mail us at the address above

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