Lending a hand for Realtor Action Day 2018

On Tuesday, April 3, 14 volunteers from Cape Fear Realtors volunteered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation in the rain gardens at Alderman Elementary School for Realtor Action Day. Volunteers performed maintenance on the rain garden, which typically consists of removing invasive plants, pulling weeds, removing debris and spreading mulch. The 2018 event marked the fourth year…

Walk the Loop website revamped with more resources

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The North Carolina Coastal Federation recently revamped its Walk the Loop for Clean Water website, walktheloop.org, which serves as tour guide of projects in Wrightsville Beach that reduce the volume of stormwater runoff flowing into nearby waterways. Walk the Loop for Clean Water is a 1-mile, self-guided walking tour of innovative stormwater projects…

2017 volunteer appreciation parties celebrate accomplishments

The North Carolina Coastal Federation staff members ended 2017 on a sweet note after getting to spend time with volunteers and project partners at the annual volunteer appreciation parties. Each regional office hosted their own party featuring food, desserts and a celebration of the year’s accomplishments. The Wanchese office staff hosted theirs on Nov. 17…

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…

Living shoreline monitoring data show positive growth

This fall, volunteers joined the North Carolina Coastal Federation at Oak Island Waterway Park, Carolina Beach State Park and Morris Landing for living shoreline monitoring events, where they measured marsh coverage and looked for new oyster growth. Living shorelines, or erosion control techniques that reduce the impact of waves through the use of more natural…

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…