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New Education Center Hosting Many Visitors

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Student and teachers are visiting the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach in increasing numbers. Since the federation’s education center opened on May 3, 2014 a variety of public education programs and events have drawn the public in to learn about the coastal environment.

More school groups and camps are coming to the center to participate in hands-on learning activities focused on coastal habitats and water quality. To see if your school can come for a program, please contact Coastal Education Coordinator Ted Wilgis at

  • Forest Hills Elementary School from Wilmington celebrated their end of the school year with a visit and engaging lesson on where stormwater comes from and where does it go.
  • Crystal South Surf Camp brought campers and chaperones to the center for a tour of the rain gardens, cistern and other stormwater reduction projects around the center.
  • The Research Triangle Charter Academy’s “Moving On!” summer camp visited the center with a group of first through fifth graders and chaperones.

Many of the students had never been to the coast. They explored the salt marsh and used nets to get a firsthand look at some of the fish and crabs that live along the coast. This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a steady stream of students who will grow up to be active stewards of our coastal environment

To join our programs at the education center visit our events page or become the federation’s member.