View of Patsy Pond

photo by Sam Bland

First: supporters, members, volunteers, friends of the coast: be safe. You are so special to our work, and we can’t wait to work with you again in the future. 

We wanted to bring the coast to you at home, even if you’re stuck indoors. Especially as we mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we are thankful for the natural beauty of our coast and the peace we feel when we enjoy it. 

We have special resources you can use right now, at home, in your yard and on your computer. Maybe you’ll learn something new. Maybe you’ll improve your yard or shoreline. Maybe you’ll make a plan for the future. 

We also wanted to share ways to admire nature from afar or visit it safely. 

Enjoying nature is good for the spirit. Exercising releases endorphins, naturally improving our mood and outlook. Part of our mission is to save special places for natural hydrology, education and research, and for people to enjoy. Please understand: crowds are dangerous. When you are out for a walk, be cautious. 

Practice social distancing. If a trail is crowded, come back another time. Ask fellow explorers to let you pass safely. 

Share your experiences, virtual or otherwise, on social media with the hashtag #coastaldistancing, and tag us @nccoastalfed.

Resources for Learning:

Visit our Distance Learning Lab!

The Lower Cape Fear River Blueprint

Lake Mattamuskeet

North Carolina Marine Debris Action Plan

Things to Do:

Coastal Review Online: a daily news service covering North Carolina’s Coast

Smart Yards

Places to Go:

Suggestions for going out to enjoy these resources while #coastaldistancing
  • DO make full use of any of our resources at nccoast.org
  • DO make sure a location is open
  • DO practice at least 6 feet of social distancing
  • DO make use of the special place closest to you and limit your travel
  • DO evaluate the size of a crowd
  • DO use reusable water bottles and keep them to yourself
  • DO keep your pets on a leash 
  • DO make yourself known to other explorers so you can pass each other at a safe distance (6 feet)
  • DO carry out your own trash or pet waste (if any)
  • DO limit your walking crew to your immediate household members
  • DO enjoy the sunshine falling through longleaf pines

With these things in mind, explore some of our featured projects virtually below!

Walk the Loop (Parking currently CLOSED. Accessible only by foot.)

Visit our Living Shorelines Map for more on:

  • Moor Shore Road
  • Jockey’s Ridge
  • Morris Landing
  • Carteret Community College
  • Ward Shore Park

Below are a selection of our projects perfect for #coastaldistancing:

North River Wetlands Preserve

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 6,000-acre restoration project at North River Farms in eastern Carteret County is one of the largest wetland restoration projects in North Carolina and is among the largest project of its kind in the nation. The primary goal of the project is to return farmland back to its original state –…

Beacon Island Shoreline Restoration: Creating Oyster Habitat While Saving the Brown Pelicans’ Home

Beacon Island in Pamlico Sound is one of only nine remaining nesting sites for brown pelicans in North Carolina. In 2014, the remote 7.5-acre island, owned by Audubon North Carolina, supported 558 nesting pairs of pelicans, about 12 percent of the state’s population. Much like similar sites around the state, the shoreline of Beacon Island is…

Hoop Pole Creek Preserve

Step back in time when you visit the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Hoop Pole Creek preserve in the middle of Atlantic Beach. Known as the “central park” of this resort town, this preserved 31-acre maritime forest is about one percent of the town and about all that’s left of its natural environment outside the borders…