2015 Coastal Adventures Series on the Southeast Coast

This spring and summer, join our federation staff to explore barrier islands, take a night-time turtle walk, visit Rich Inlet by boat or learn how to build a backyard rain garden. The adventures begin at our Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach.Times and prices vary.


  • April 16 – Learn about Diamondback Terrapins & the 2015 Terrapin Tally | 7:00 -8:30 p.m.
    Photo: ncherps.org

    Photo: ncherps.org

The NC Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve is working with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to help estimate the numbers of terrapin turtles in our area through a paddling survey. If you would like to learn more about terrapins and how you can join in the paddling survey, please attend this education session.

All ages | Free for members |$10 suggested donation for non-members


  • May 7 – Turtle Walk and Talk | 8:00- 9:30 p.m.

Take a night-time beach stroll with the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project and federation staff to learn how sea turtles nest on the beach and learn about the sea turtles that visit our coast.

All ages | Free for members |$10 suggested donation for non-members


  • June 4, August 6, October 1 – Rich Inlet Boat Tours | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
    That magical moment when Captain Tom spotted dolphins in the estuary!

    Guaranteed to see some amazing birds.

Join the federation and Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours, Inc., on a half-day boat cruise and island excursion to Rich Inlet – an important birding area and the gateway to the unspoiled Hutaff-Lea Island barrier island complex. Trip is limited to 18 participants, and lunch is provided.

Ages 10+ | $40 members | $55 non-members


  • July 2 – What’s Swimming with You in Our Coastal Waters? | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join federation staff using nets to see firsthand some of the fascinating animals that call our local waters home. Prepare to be amazed and to get wet! Visit our aquarium tanks and enjoy eco-games and snacks at the federation’s Coastal Education Center.

All ages | Free for members |$5 suggested donation for non-members


  • September 3 – Build Your Own Rain Garden Workshop | 6:00 -7:30 p.m.

Federation staff will teach you how to design, choose plants and care for a rain garden that will provide great habitat and protect our waterways.

All ages | Free for members |$10 suggested donation for non-members


  • November 5 – Cucalorus Film Screening | 7:00- 8:00 p.m.

Catch an exclusive pre-screening of a film entered in the 2015 Cucalorus Film Festival. Cucalorus and Working Films will facilitate the screening, which includes a Q&A with a film representative. Stay tuned!

All ages | Free for members |$10 suggested donation for non-members


Coastal Birding Cruises     

Photo by Sam Bland

Photo by Sam Bland

In partnership with the N. C. Coastal Federation, Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours Inc. will host a series of monthly guided wildlife and birding tours around Wrightsville Beach. Climb aboard The Shamrock for a one-hour boat trip to learn about our unique coastal ecology and spot a diverse array of local shorebirds, such as pelicans, black skimmers and possibly even the endangered piping plover.

First Fridays of the month from April-October | 10:00- 11:00 a.m.| $25 for members and $35 for non-members

Touch Tank Tuesdays

Ever wonder what a live shrimp, crab or whelk looks like? Find out during our weekly critter touch tank. This fun event connects children and adults alike with organisms found in our local water, including blue crabs, sea urchins, starfish,  sea squirts and more!  Drop in during anytime during the event.

Tuesdays |Weekly – June, July, August |10:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. | All ages | Free for members |$5 suggested donation for non-members


Register for all of these events here or at the Coastal Education Center. Members are the first to learn about exciting new programs and get special discounts. Join today at www.nccoast.org or come by the Coastal Education Center.



You can find out more about these programs on the federation’s Events Calendar on the group’s web site. You can also come by the center, call 910-509-2838 or email.