Haley watering plants for native plant sale.

Haley watering plants for native plant sale.

This autumn several high school students are assisting with restoration and education projects along our central coast. The federation is privileged to have volunteers from Croatan High in Carteret County, Havelock High in Craven County, and the Timber Ridge Treatment Center in Gold Hill, NC. Together, we are protecting coastal lands and waters.

Allana planning a cleanup with Fort Macon's State Park Ranger, Ben Flemming.

Allana planning a cleanup with Fort Macon’s State Park Ranger, Ben Flemming.

On a crisp October morning, five boys from the Timber Ridge Treatment Center worked with the central staff to complete the final oyster reef in front of Jones Island. The boys worked as a team to pass 300 bags of recycled oyster shells, bucket brigade style, from a boat to build a new oyster reef. The recycled oyster shells will provide a home for new baby oysters, called spat, to attach and grow on. This reef will also protect the island shoreline from erosion and promote the growth of salt marsh cordgrass. The reef also will provide vital habitat to many estuarine species, including new oysters, which filter and clean surrounding waters. Haley, a senior at Croatan High School, is working with us for an hour each day to fulfill her internship requirements. Her goals are to develop and design an updated brochure for the Hoop Pole Creek trail, gain field experience doing coastal restoration, educate younger generations about coastal stewardship and learn how an environmental non-profit operates.

Chigz and Sarah are 9th graders also at Croatan High who will be completing 10 hours of volunteer work each semester for their AP Environmental Science class. Chigz is focusing on water quality testing and monitoring our oyster restoration projects and Sarah is working on our Low Impact Development projects.

Allana is a senior from Havelock High School who is working through the federation to partner with Fort Macon State Park to coordinate a marsh cleanup scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014. She plans to involve more students at her school the cleanup to complete 15 hours for her graduation project.

Your support allows us to offer educational enrichment and community service opportunities. Please join or donate to keep this work going.

Jones Island sill, north side.

Jones Island sill, north side.