Perry Cohen Lab receives Pledge from Miami Dolphins Foundation

Perry Cohen Lab receives Pledge from Miami Dolphins Foundation

The Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory At Jupiter Community High School Receives Pledge from Miami Dolphins Foundation

Miami Dolphins Foundation to Be One of Ten Key Donors Helping To Fund Project

The Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory at Jupiter Community High School announced today that the Miami Dolphins Foundation will pledge $25,000. They will become one of the top ten donors contributing toward capital construction.

The donation made by the Miami Dolphins Foundation will help transform an existing water retention pond at the entrance of Jupiter Community High School. It will turn into the Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory and habitat.  Materials ranging from Coastal Upland Hammock to the Littoral Shelf just inside the shallow portion of the pond. In addition, the design includes a bridge with stairs into the water, and an ADA boardwalk into the deepest part of the pond. These hardscape elements will provide platforms from which students can access the water safely. Therefore they will be able to  take water samples and teachers can conduct lessons. A nature trail with interpretive signage will identify the varied plant material installed from the most recognized from the five Eco Zones of Florida.

Miami Dolphins Foundation

“We are extremely grateful to the Miami Dolphins Foundation and organization for their commitment to support such an important project that will educate and positively impact our community, the world’s natural resources, and the lives of tens of thousands of students over its lifetime. Perry a Dolphins fan. He was an incredible athlete who loved the outdoors, nature, wildlife and marine life and all that it had to offer. Being outdoors and with nature was what touched his spirit the most.  To have the support of the Miami Dolphins Foundation is a natural when you consider its mission of supporting education and health initiatives,” said Pamela Cohen, Perry Cohen’s Mother and President of the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.

The created wetlands habitat and working laboratory is backed by a certified AICE   curriculum.  Instruction inside and outside the classroom under the name of the existing thirteen-year program at the school entitled the Jupiter Environmental and Research Field Studies Academy (JERFSA).

For its contribution, the Miami Dolphins Foundation also will have a designated area in the Wetlands Laboratory for the life of the project, which is estimated to exceed in existence for the next forty years.


JERFSA provides special training in ecology, earth sciences, marine biology and water resources. The academy equips high school students with the knowledge for environmental leadership and with academic and field skills that will open doors to environmental careers.

Since 2004, JERFSA students have assisted in massive exotic plant removals, general tract clean-ups, the reintroduction of native plant species, an ongoing tidal wetlands construction project, tortoise burrow monitoring and planting of more than 10,000 mangrove seedlings.

Students from (JERFSA) have contributed more than 12,000 hours of volunteer service since the inception of the program. Many of the programs graduates continue their education and careers in the marine and environmental studies fields. The academy is making a difference in the lives of local high school students and they, in turn are making a difference in their community.

Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory at Jupiter Community High School

In support of the JEFRSA program and the Creation of the Wetlands Laboratory, the Perry J. Cohen Foundation has committed to contribute and match the first $100,000 of private or public funds donated to create “Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory at Jupiter Community High School.”

The Wetlands Laboratory project is estimated to cost $400,000. It is off to a fast start in raising important capital funds with the addition of the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

The Perry J. Cohen Foundation will lead the fundraising effort for the Project through donations to the Foundation or Jupiter Community High School (JCHS). Fundraising will come directly from private individuals, corporate sponsorships, scheduled fundraisers, in kind contributions, other foundations, etc. in a collaborative effort working to raise the funds as quickly as possible.

About The Miami Dolphins Foundation:

Miami Dolphins Foundation was established in 1996. It is the fundraising arm of the Miami Dolphins Football team.

About The Perry J. Cohen Foundation:

Perry Cohen is a 14-year-old boy who went missing at sea on July 24, 2015.  He was last seen leaving the Jupiter, Florida inlet on his good friend’s boat.  The United States Coast Guard (USCG) conducted one of the largest Search and Rescue (SAR) missions in modern day history. After an exhaustive eight-day, 55,000 square nautical mile search, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) suspended their efforts at sunset on July 31, 2015.

The Perry J. Cohen Foundation (PJCF) is a 501(c)(3), established by Perry’s mother, Pamela Cohen, and his stepfather, Nicholas Korniloff.

The foundation PJCF is devoted to the advancement of:

·       The ARTS
·       Environmental, Marine & Wildlife Education and Preservation
·       Teenage Entrepreneurship
·       Boating Safety Education

A highlight of the foundation’s work will be its annual scholarship program. This will recognize deserving students who plan to further their education in the Marine Science and Marine Wildlife fields.  Perry had recently been accepted into the Environmental Research & Field Studies Academy at Jupiter Community High School. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to attend his first class.

For more information please visit:,

perryjcohen and twitter @pjcfoundation

For Press Inquiries Please Email:

Miami Dolphins:

Jason Jenkins Sr. Vice President Communications & Community Affairs

Perry J. Cohen Foundation :

Nick Korniloff Vice President

Jupiter Community High School:


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