One of Wetlands' most valuable roles is an activism incubator. Over the years, Wetlands has helped many fledgling projects get off the ground. Some of these start as projects of Wetlands Activism Collective and continue under Wetlands umbrella, like Global Justice for Animals and the Environment. Other projects that start within Wetlands later become independent. Still others start and remain as independent projects initiated or supported by Wetlands activists. These projects include:
In 1996, Wetlands activists connected a group of NYU students together and provided them with organizing support and informational resources to found Students for Education on Animal Liberation at New York University. Now in its 14th year, the group is still going strong under its New Name, Cruelty Free NYU.
In 2000, Wetlands launched Political Action for Animals (PA4A), an animal rights legislative advocacy project. PA4A later became the League of Humane Voters of New York City and became independent of Wetlands in 2003. PA4A continues today in its latest incarnation, Vote Humane.
In 2004, Wetlands launched Freegan.info, a lifestyle education project teaching alternatives to using money. Freegan.info became independent in 2010.