The Coastal Plains Institute (CPI) is a nonprofit organization in Florida. It’s main purpose is the preservation of the biotic diversity of the Coastal Plain of the southeastern United States. CPI believes its main objective can best be achieved through two activities: Education and Research. It is hoped that through these activities the biotic diversity of the US Coastal Plain will be preserved forever.
Striped Newtist t-shirts are in! Mens and Ladies (Ladies front displayed at left) T-shirts are 100% organic cotton and produced right here in the USA. Proceeds from the $35 purchase price will go directly to our Striped Newt Repatriation Project. Click here for more info and to order.
Research – Click here to learn about the many past and present research projects with which we are involved including ephemeral pond-breeding amphibians, ephemeral pond restoration assessment, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, wetland augmentation, and much more!
Education – This page provides more information about our What Lives in a Wetland program through which we invite the community to visit our research site in the Munson Sandhills (Apalachicola National Forest), our new Wetland Wagon program that brings our research into area classrooms, and our Adopt an Ephemeral Wetland program, and other outdoor learning opportunities.
Services – CPI offers many services including ephemeral wetland inventory and assessment, services related to natural history documentary films (equipment, land, habitats, etc.), lectures, guided field trips, and ecotours.
Get Involved – There are several ways you can get involved and help preserve the biodiversity of the southeastern Coastal Plain such as: becoming a member and supporting our general efforts and operation, donating directly to our ephemeral wetland research and education project, adopting a newt to support our efforts to bring back a local extinct species, enrolling in our adopt an ephemeral wetland program to monitor amphibian populations in the Apalachicola National Forest, volunteering to help us with our educational and research efforts, and following us on Twitter and Facebook.
Our Preserves – Click here to learn about our two conservation lands. Rowlett’s Creek Preserve is an 80-acre in-holding in the Apalachicola National Forest that we are converting from a slash pine plantation back to a native longleaf pine forest. Crown Point Preserve is a 170-acre white-topped pitcher plant bog on the eastern shores of Perdido Bay that we acquired as a mitigation package for a nearby subdivision.
Remote Footprints – We have created a new branch of CPI with a mission to utilize experiential outdoor learning and scientific exploration as tools to inspire individuals and families to appreciate biodiversity and remote and roadless areas. Click here to learn more about Remote Footprints.