About Us

Our Mission

To provide people and groups with the assistance needed to take an active role in the stewardship of North Carolina’s coastal water quality and natural resources.

Our Concern

Conserve the natural beauty and productivity of our coast so that it remains a great place to live, work and visit.

Who We Are

Since its grassroots formation in 1982 the federation is the state's only  501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses exclusively on protecting and restoring the coast of North Carolina through education, advocacy and habitat preservation and restoration.

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A diverse board of directors, including fishermen, teachers, lawyers, developers, small business owners, philanthropists and others, governs the federation. It is a statewide board of directors and it meets quarterly.

Staff and Volunteers

Twenty-three professionals, including scientists, a lobbyist, educators, planners and others make up the staff. We have more than 1,200 student and adult volunteers and have partnered with more than 150 other organizations.


The federation headquarters is in Ocean, N.C., halfway between Morehead City and Swansboro. Other offices are located in Manteo and Wrightsville Beach. [ maps and addresses ]

What We’re Doing

Working with people we take an active role in the wise management of coastal resources by:

N.C. Coastal federation has three key program areas: 


Advocating for Stronger Environmental Standards and Enforcement of Environmental Laws: Through greater informed people involvement, the federation works to enhance environmental standards. We advocate for effective land use plans, water quality standards and coastal shoreline development rules. Three fulltime professional coastal advocates work with community volunteers to keep a close eye on the enforcement of environmental programs. 

  Restoring and Protecting Habitat and Water Quality: Land purchases and cooperative agreements with private landowners have enabled the federation to restore and protect almost 100,000 acres of coastal habitats since 1996.  Currently, the federation is conducting the largest wetland restoration project in the state’s history at North River Farms.
  Educating People and Community Leaders: Accurate and timely information is provided to a variety of audiences. The federation's field trips, workshops, conferences and publications promote widespread stewardship of our coast’s natural resources.

What You Can Do

  • Join us
  • Become involved by attending meetings and planning sessions
  • Volunteer for the federation or other environmental groups