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To cultivate the resilience of our coastal pond ecosystems through science, collaboration, and education.

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About Us

Established in 1998, Great Pond Foundation leads in estuary science and restoration, using data generated by our programs for informed pond management. Our team builds strong partnerships with neighbors; fostering learning and expertise; and sharing tools and techniques. The coastal ponds of Martha’s Vineyard are globally rare, ecologically fragile, treasures whose preservation and restoration are fundamental to the Island’s long-term sustainability. The Island depends on clean and healthy coastal waters to feed families and support the local economy. These living waters define both the spirit and the character of our community.

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The sun is shining after the storm. Areas around #EdgartownGreatPond received about 5 inches 📏 of snow ❄️. The wind 💨 is gusting 21 mph WNW as the sun ☀️ rises above the snowy landscape on this #ValentinesDay #morning. #greatpondfoundation #snow #sky #sunrise #trees #winter #february #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #edgartown #tisbury #vineyardhaven #oakbluffs #chilmark #westtisbury #aquinnah #capeandislands #morningwalk #snowontrees #outside #getoutside #getoutdoors #clouds
The sun is shining after the storm. Areas around #EdgartownGreatPond received about 5 inches 📏 of snow ❄️. The wind 💨 is gusting 21 mph WNW as the sun ☀️ rises above the snowy landscape on this #ValentinesDay #morning. #greatpondfoundation #snow #sky #sunrise #trees #winter #february #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #edgartown #tisbury #vineyardhaven #oakbluffs #chilmark #westtisbury #aquinnah #capeandislands #morningwalk #snowontrees #outside #getoutside #getoutdoors #clouds
7 days ago
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Sending you a moment of ☀️ #sunshine from #EdgartownGreatPond and hoping you get the opportunity to soak up the sun wherever you are. Do you have time for a walk on the water today? Snow ❄️ and wind 💨 are forecast for tomorrow, Tuesday. #greatpondfoundation #grateful #monday #february #morning #morningwalk #marthasvineyard #marthasvineyardlife #island #islandlife #water #cleanwater #healthywater #livingwater #brackish #ripples #dog #dogsofinstagram #dogwalk #edgartown #oakbluffs #tisbury #vineyardhaven #chilmark #aquinnah #capeandislands #bluesky
Sending you a moment of ☀️ #sunshine from #EdgartownGreatPond and hoping you get the opportunity to soak up the sun wherever you are. Do you have time for a walk on the water today? Snow ❄️ and wind 💨 are forecast for tomorrow, Tuesday. #greatpondfoundation #grateful #monday #february #morning #morningwalk #marthasvineyard #marthasvineyardlife #island #islandlife #water #cleanwater #healthywater #livingwater #brackish #ripples #dog #dogsofinstagram #dogwalk #edgartown #oakbluffs #tisbury #vineyardhaven #chilmark #aquinnah #capeandislands #bluesky
1 week ago
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We’re hiring! Come work with Great Pond Foundation! GPF is seeking two college students for the Summer Science Internship, and one candidate for a 6-month Field Crew Leader position. These positions will assist in various capacities with the Ecosystem Monitoring Program and MV CYANO (cyanobacteria monitoring program) among many other exciting endeavors. Spend your summer studying the coastal waters of Martha’s Vineyard. Visit https://greatpondfoundation.org/jobs/ for application details. #greatpondfoundation #summer #marthasvineyard #summerjob #internship #science #getoutside #boat #water #edgartown #oakbluffs #chilmark #vineyardhaven #aquinnah #westtisbury #mvcyano #fieldcrew #paidinternship
We’re hiring! Come work with Great Pond Foundation! GPF is seeking two college students for the Summer Science Internship, and one candidate for a 6-month Field Crew Leader position. These positions will assist in various capacities with the Ecosystem Monitoring Program and MV CYANO (cyanobacteria monitoring program) among many other exciting endeavors. Spend your summer studying the coastal waters of Martha’s Vineyard. Visit https://greatpondfoundation.org/jobs/ for application details. #greatpondfoundation #summer #marthasvineyard #summerjob #internship #science #getoutside #boat #water #edgartown #oakbluffs #chilmark #vineyardhaven #aquinnah #westtisbury #mvcyano #fieldcrew #paidinternship
3 weeks ago
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The #barrierbeach has healed with sand filling in the #breach made by #nature. Much of the sand that entered #EdgartownGreatPond during #overwash #storm events remains north of the barrier beach and in the Pond. Good news 🗞️ from the #Edgartown Dredge Committee meeting last week, the Town has scheduled the crane to bring the #dredge into the Pond in early #March. Our data 📈demonstrate that cut success is greater following winters with dredging. Thanks to the Town of Edgartown’s Dredge and Shellfish Committees and staff for all the work they do keep our waters thriving. 🙏Thanks also to @sully7777777777 for these wonderful #drone images of the dynamic environment of the cut. #greatpondfoundation #grateful #pond #water #ocean #beach #atlantic #atlanticocean #sand #dune #massachusetts #capeandislands #greatpond #january #winter #dronelandscape #dronephotography #marthasvineyard
The #barrierbeach has healed with sand filling in the #breach made by #nature. Much of the sand that entered #EdgartownGreatPond during #overwash #storm events remains north of the barrier beach and in the Pond. Good news 🗞️ from the #Edgartown Dredge Committee meeting last week, the Town has scheduled the crane to bring the #dredge into the Pond in early #March. Our data 📈demonstrate that cut success is greater following winters with dredging. Thanks to the Town of Edgartown’s Dredge and Shellfish Committees and staff for all the work they do keep our waters thriving. 🙏Thanks also to @sully7777777777 for these wonderful #drone images of the dynamic environment of the cut. #greatpondfoundation #grateful #pond #water #ocean #beach #atlantic #atlanticocean #sand #dune #massachusetts #capeandislands #greatpond #january #winter #dronelandscape #dronephotography #marthasvineyard
The #barrierbeach has healed with sand filling in the #breach made by #nature. Much of the sand that entered #EdgartownGreatPond during #overwash #storm events remains north of the barrier beach and in the Pond. Good news 🗞️ from the #Edgartown Dredge Committee meeting last week, the Town has scheduled the crane to bring the #dredge into the Pond in early #March. Our data 📈demonstrate that cut success is greater following winters with dredging. Thanks to the Town of Edgartown’s Dredge and Shellfish Committees and staff for all the work they do keep our waters thriving. 🙏Thanks also to @sully7777777777 for these wonderful #drone images of the dynamic environment of the cut. #greatpondfoundation #grateful #pond #water #ocean #beach #atlantic #atlanticocean #sand #dune #massachusetts #capeandislands #greatpond #january #winter #dronelandscape #dronephotography #marthasvineyard
3 weeks ago
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The breach at #EdgartownGreatPond has closed. These beautiful photos were captured by @sully7777777777 thank you 🙏! These images were taken on January 23, 2024. The Pond was open and tidal beginning on January 10th and did not begin to gain elevation again until January 24th. The salinity has risen as a result of this natural opening and the overwash events. #greatpondfoundation #edgartown #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #oakbluffs #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #beach #barrierbeach #ocean #atlantic #atlanticocean #drone #dronephotography #dronestagram #sand #water #tidal #pond #southshore #island #islandlife #capeandislands #massachusettsoutdoors #massachusetts #newengland
The breach at #EdgartownGreatPond has closed. These beautiful photos were captured by @sully7777777777 thank you 🙏! These images were taken on January 23, 2024. The Pond was open and tidal beginning on January 10th and did not begin to gain elevation again until January 24th. The salinity has risen as a result of this natural opening and the overwash events. #greatpondfoundation #edgartown #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #oakbluffs #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #beach #barrierbeach #ocean #atlantic #atlanticocean #drone #dronephotography #dronestagram #sand #water #tidal #pond #southshore #island #islandlife #capeandislands #massachusettsoutdoors #massachusetts #newengland
The breach at #EdgartownGreatPond has closed. These beautiful photos were captured by @sully7777777777 thank you 🙏! These images were taken on January 23, 2024. The Pond was open and tidal beginning on January 10th and did not begin to gain elevation again until January 24th. The salinity has risen as a result of this natural opening and the overwash events. #greatpondfoundation #edgartown #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #oakbluffs #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #beach #barrierbeach #ocean #atlantic #atlanticocean #drone #dronephotography #dronestagram #sand #water #tidal #pond #southshore #island #islandlife #capeandislands #massachusettsoutdoors #massachusetts #newengland
The breach at #EdgartownGreatPond has closed. These beautiful photos were captured by @sully7777777777 thank you 🙏! These images were taken on January 23, 2024. The Pond was open and tidal beginning on January 10th and did not begin to gain elevation again until January 24th. The salinity has risen as a result of this natural opening and the overwash events. #greatpondfoundation #edgartown #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #oakbluffs #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #beach #barrierbeach #ocean #atlantic #atlanticocean #drone #dronephotography #dronestagram #sand #water #tidal #pond #southshore #island #islandlife #capeandislands #massachusettsoutdoors #massachusetts #newengland
The breach at #EdgartownGreatPond has closed. These beautiful photos were captured by @sully7777777777 thank you 🙏! These images were taken on January 23, 2024. The Pond was open and tidal beginning on January 10th and did not begin to gain elevation again until January 24th. The salinity has risen as a result of this natural opening and the overwash events. #greatpondfoundation #edgartown #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #oakbluffs #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #beach #barrierbeach #ocean #atlantic #atlanticocean #drone #dronephotography #dronestagram #sand #water #tidal #pond #southshore #island #islandlife #capeandislands #massachusettsoutdoors #massachusetts #newengland
4 weeks ago
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Nature breached #EdgartownGreatPond last week and initiated a #drain and #tidal flush of the Pond. This photo was taken on January 14th by Steve Howell 📷 @susanhowell100. Between the breach and intense overwash during recent storms, the salinity of the Pond has risen to ~23 ppt. This is good news for the Pond and the salt loving plants and animals within it 🌊🦪🐟. #greatpondfoundation #edgartown #oakbluffs #tisbury #vineyardhaven #chilmark #aquinnah #salinity #westtisbury #cut #breach #barrierbeach #beach #sand #ocean #atlantic #atlanticocean #pond #water #marthasvineyard #giftfromnature #stormevent #coast #clouds #sky
Nature breached #EdgartownGreatPond last week and initiated a #drain and #tidal flush of the Pond. This photo was taken on January 14th by Steve Howell 📷 @susanhowell100. Between the breach and intense overwash during recent storms, the salinity of the Pond has risen to ~23 ppt. This is good news for the Pond and the salt loving plants and animals within it 🌊🦪🐟. #greatpondfoundation #edgartown #oakbluffs #tisbury #vineyardhaven #chilmark #aquinnah #salinity #westtisbury #cut #breach #barrierbeach #beach #sand #ocean #atlantic #atlanticocean #pond #water #marthasvineyard #giftfromnature #stormevent #coast #clouds #sky
1 month ago
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Strong waves 🌊 and winds 🌬️ are crashing into the #southshore and overwashing the #barrierbeach at #EdgartownGreatPond. Thanks to @sully7777777777 for capturing this image. You can feel the force of the waves even from the nothern and western shores of the Pond. The elevation is back up to almost pre-cut elevation through the combination or #precipitation and #overwash. High water and flooding are reported at #TisburyGreatPond and #ChilmarkPond. Another strong 💪 storm is in the forecast for this week. #greatpondfoundation #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #edgartown #aquinnah #oakbluffs #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #vineyardhaven #erosion #beach #ocean #waves #atlantic #atlanticocean #winter #storm #winterstorm #clouds #sky #horizon
Strong waves 🌊 and winds 🌬️ are crashing into the #southshore and overwashing the #barrierbeach at #EdgartownGreatPond. Thanks to @sully7777777777 for capturing this image. You can feel the force of the waves even from the nothern and western shores of the Pond. The elevation is back up to almost pre-cut elevation through the combination or #precipitation and #overwash. High water and flooding are reported at #TisburyGreatPond and #ChilmarkPond. Another strong 💪 storm is in the forecast for this week. #greatpondfoundation #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #edgartown #aquinnah #oakbluffs #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #vineyardhaven #erosion #beach #ocean #waves #atlantic #atlanticocean #winter #storm #winterstorm #clouds #sky #horizon
1 month ago
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The sun ☀️ sets on this second day of 2024 over a closed cut at #EdgartownGreatPond. Thanks 🙏 to @sully7777777777 for this beautiful update. Stay tuned for our next e-newsletter with full details on the duration and success of this cut. We will also feature photos and videos captured by members of our pond community. We are grateful to everyone who has shared there updates throughout this cut. Thank you pond friends! #greatpondfoundation #grateful #thankyou #sunset #evening #winter #newyear #2024 #drone #dronephotography #marthasvineyard #chilmark #aquinnah #westtisbury #tisbury #oakbluffs #southshore #ocean #atlantic #atlanticocean #capeandislands #barrierbeach #sand #shore #shoreline #reflection #sun #sunonwater
The sun ☀️ sets on this second day of 2024 over a closed cut at #EdgartownGreatPond. Thanks 🙏 to @sully7777777777 for this beautiful update. Stay tuned for our next e-newsletter with full details on the duration and success of this cut. We will also feature photos and videos captured by members of our pond community. We are grateful to everyone who has shared there updates throughout this cut. Thank you pond friends! #greatpondfoundation #grateful #thankyou #sunset #evening #winter #newyear #2024 #drone #dronephotography #marthasvineyard #chilmark #aquinnah #westtisbury #tisbury #oakbluffs #southshore #ocean #atlantic #atlanticocean #capeandislands #barrierbeach #sand #shore #shoreline #reflection #sun #sunonwater
2 months ago
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Eelgrass in Edgartown Great Pond

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