The Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences (PIES) Coastal Education Program (CEP) provides teachers and students with unique opportunities to explore and learn about the coastal wetlands of southeastern Louisiana. Our focus is on the values of the wetlands and the issues that face them.

We offer field trips and workshops for students and teachers at the

Coastal Education and Research Facility

Located on Chef Menteur Highway at Chef Menteur Pass, just 30 minutes from downtown New Orleans and Slidell and easily accessed from all major highways.


Meet science and math GLE's through age appropriate hands-on inquiry activities. Gain knowledge of Louisiana coastal issues. Learn with experienced science educators.
The Coastal Education Program offers field trips for grades 1-12, Teachers' Professional Development Workshops, Home School and other groups welcome!
Canoe Tours and Boat Excursions Available.
  Information about CERF