Students learn about rain gardens to wrap up year-long programming

Manteo Middle School and First Flight Middle School were able to learn a great deal about rain gardens this past week thanks to Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator at the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Wanchese office, Reilly Kelly, AmeriCorps member, and a grant from the Community Foundation. Six classes of seventh-grade Manteo Middle School students monitored…

YouthBuild helps install stormwater retrofits

With funding from Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, the North Carolina Coastal Federation teamed up with River City YouthBuild to install several stormwater retrofits at the Shoppes at Renaissance Square in Elizabeth City on April 18. River City YouthBuild, run by River City Community Development Corporation, provides education and employment skills for economically disadvantaged young adults aged…

Wanchese staff talk about rain gardens, oysters at three Saturday events

Several events across northeastern North Carolina involved the North Carolina Coastal Federation on Saturday, March 24, providing opportunities for people to learn about low-impact development, stormwater runoff, oysters and more. Ann Daisey, community conservationist at the federation’s Wanchese office, presented at the Tri-County Home Landscaping and Gardening Workshop in Barco in Currituck County. This event…

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…

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…

High schooler focuses senior project on coastal education

Over the past few months, a senior at Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington has used her senior project as an opportunity to focus on marine science education in schools, with a special focus on underserved audiences. Rachel Piedmont completed her internship with the North Carolina Coastal Federation in April. Piedmont joins the federation from…

Dare County residents participate in rain harvesting workshop

A small group of Dare County residents joined the North Carolina Coastal Federation on March 25 to learn about rain harvesting and to exchange ideas about how they can get creative with reusing stormwater in their yards. Those who participated in the rain harvesting workshop learned about how stormwater runoff impacts our water quality and…