Students and Interns undertake projects with the following goals in mind:
- Large-scale restoration of diverse wildlife habitats, especially mid-Atlantic coastal grasslands, Delmarva Bays and the Chester River, all of which have long histories of heavy human-impact, such as agriculture and pasturing.
- Design of studies and protocols for the establishment and sustainable management of these wildlife habitats, especially as they interact with on-going modern farming.
- To conduct basic and applied research on the flora and fauna that colonize these restored habitats, to learn their natural requirements for sustained survival, growth, and reproduction.
- Sustaining the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory, a year-round avian research and banding station.
- Environmental education, including hands-on programs for school children K-12, undergraduate and graduate students and members of society interested in the natural sciences.