The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) defined ecotourism as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people."
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History has partnered with the Brewster Chamber of Commerce to promote the concept of ecotourism in the town. Brewster boasts 5,000 acres of conservation land and the Museum programs are uniquely positioned to offer interesting and meaningful experiences.
For example, the Museum, along with the Town of Brewster and other partner organizations received a Coastal America Partnership Award for the Stony Brook Salt Marsh and Fish Passage Restoration Project. This is the only award of its kind presented by President Obama’s Administration for on-the-ground environmental restoration partnerships.
Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Mary Griffin, stated that this project " improves habitat conditions for Salt reedgrass, a plant listed on the state’s Threatened species list, as well as river herring, American eel, and many ecologically important salt marsh fish species such as mummichogs and sticklebacks, which form the basis for the estuarine food web." Museum volunteers continue to participate in monitoring this sensitive area.