Leadership Carteret learns about reducing stormwater runoff

The Leadership Carteret class of 2018 learned about stormwater runoff at this year’s visit to the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Ocean office. Leadership Carteret is an annual program that brings together some of Carteret County’s top decision-makers and business leaders. During the 10-week program, members attend Wednesday presentations at organizations throughout the county. This year’s class…

Cleaning up the coast in 2018

The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted three marine debris cleanups in January to kick off its 2018 marine debris work and to celebrate the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project, a statewide effort to pick up lost crab pots from North Carolina sounds during the no-potting period. From 2014-2016, the federation received funding from NOAA to…

Fifth graders compete in bookmark contest

Ann Daisey, community conservationist with Dare County Soil and Water Conservation District and the North Carolina Coastal Federation, recently commenced the annual Soil and Water Fifth-grade Bookmark Contest in the county’s elementary schools. This year’s bookmark theme is “The Water Cycle.” Daisey supplied bookmark materials and coordinated additional outreach opportunities for the students. Along with…

State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant enables 449 students to engage in service learning

For the last year, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has been able to increase its capacity to engage more students from underserved communities in coastal stewardship through service learning because of a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The 12-month, $38,000 grant, which wrapped up in November, enabled the federation to increase its…

Cape Fear Garden Club and Landfall Foundation support education programs

Two New Hanover County based organizations recently provided critical support for the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s education programs. The federation strives to reach people from all walks of life with its education programs, and these two grants will help staff to promote and expand their education work. The Landfall Foundation awarded the federation $3,995 for…

North Carolina Coastal Federation awarded with $110,000 grant

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has awarded the North Carolina Coastal Federation a $110,000 grant. The federation plans to use the grant to support its community-based education, restoration and advocacy programs in 2018. The federation works with coastal communities in all aspects of its work, and these partnerships create a healthier, more resilient coast. The…

River City YouthBuild take fall trip to Outer Banks

Students from Elizabeth City-based River City YouthBuild recently spent time at the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Wanchese office and the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island for a fall field trip. Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator, and Reilly Kelly, the AmeriCorps member at that office, hosted 14 students and staff from River City YouthBuild. Hallas…

A look at fall rain garden workdays in Wilmington

Volunteers got their hands dirty in the mulch at the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s two rain garden maintenance days at Alderman Elementary School on Oct. 25 and Bradley Creek Elementary School on Nov. 1. At Alderman Elementary, three volunteers came to help maintain the rain garden. Volunteers included Blair Bannon, a former federation intern, and…