Welcome to our Distance Learning Lab! With help from our wonderful partners, we have compiled educational resources which allow you to dive deeper into the world of coastal sciences and solutions. Due to the Coronavirus, many of us are staying home to prevent the virus from spreading. If you’re looking for ways to continue learning, start by clicking the links below. Scroll down to find resources on Touch Tank Tuesdays, Clean Water, Coastal Investigations & Exploration, Oysters, Estuaries & Living Shorelines, and Marine Debris.

Our Partners and Contributors: Hammocks Beach State Park, Jennette’s Pier, Lady Swan Tours, North Carolina Coastal Reserve, Albemarle Pamlico National Estuaries Partnership, North Carolina Sea Grant, Duke University Marine Lab, UNCW Marine Quest, NOAA Marine Debris Program, Clean Water Education Partnership and University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Follow along with a suggested learning guide. These worksheets highlight grade appropriate videos and review questions. 

K-2nd Guide | 3rd-5th Guide | 6th-8th Guide | 9th-Adult Guide | Guide Key

Keep up and stay connected!

Keep up with current events by reading the Coastal Review Online. CRO is a daily news service that covers North Carolina’s Coast. Look for a link to Google Classroom on the left side of the screen.

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Touch Tank Tuesdays

Since the pandemic prevented our Wrightsville Beach office from hosting its popular Touch Tank Tuesday Program, the show continued virtually through YouTube Videos and Facebook Live. Thank you so much to our members, the Landfall Foundation, and the RBC Blue Water Project for their support of our southeast education programs!

Episode 1: Oysters
Episode 2: Living Shorelines

Episode 3: Clean Water

Touch Tank Tuesday Resources:

Clean Water

There are many ways to help keep our waterways clean and healthy. Check out resources below to learn about water quality and simple ways to reduce water pollution.

Stormwater Demonstration
 North Central Texas Council of Governments: Freddy Fish
Demostración de modelo de contaminación, Spanish
Wetlands Restoration Drone Footage
Watershed Model Demonstration, English
A Tour of NHC Arboretum
Clean Water Education Partnership- Stormwater Song

Clean Water Resources:

Coastal Investigations and Exploration:

Join our friends up and down the coast to learn more about beachcombing, marine science, and coastal wildlife!

Virtual boat tour with our friends from Lady Swan Tours
 Jennette’s Pier-Beach Explorations

 Jennette’s Pier-Plankton Investigations
Hammocks Beach State Park-Frogs & Toads

 Jennette’s Pier-Squid Dissection
Hammocks Beach State Park-Sea Shells

Hammocks Beach State Park-Sea Turtles
NC Coastal Federation-Pelican Pete Story Time

NC Sea Grant teaches about Beachcombing!

NC Coastal Federation-Pelican Pete Craft
UNCW QuaranSTEAM: Water Explorers
Coastal Studies Institute: Kitchen Science- Upwelling

Coastal Investigations & Exploration Resources:


Did you know that oysters are important for food, filtration and fish habitat? Learn about oysters below:

Using recycled oyster shells to build Living Shorelines
Hammock’s Beach State Park on Oysters

Oyster Story Time and Craft
Art by Waverly Reibel,
World Oceans Day Contest Winner
Oysters on Earth Day

Oyster Resources:

Estuaries and Living Shorelines

Estuaries are places where rivers meet the sea. Coastal North Carolina has approximately 12,000 miles of estuarine shoreline! Learn about estuaries and how staff at the Coastal Federation work with others to protect animals and habitats in the estuary by building living shorelines.

Exploring North Carolina- Edge of Life
Benefits of Living Shorelines: Steepy Interview
NC Coastal Reserve: Waters of Life video on estuaries
Moor Shore Road Living Shoreline

Living Shoreline Construction at Trinity Center
NC Coastal Reserve: Aqua Kids visit Rachel Carson Reserve

Estuary and Living Shoreline Resources:

Marine Debris

Did you know that marine debris is litter that ends up in our coastal waters? Learn about marine debris and ways you can help keep the coast debris free! #debrisfreeNC

2019 Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project
Boys & Girls Club PSA
2017 Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project
The Rubber Band Game

Crab Pot Retrieval

Marine Debris Resources:

Questions about the Distance Learning Lab? Please E-mail Rachel Bisesi at rachelb@nccoast.org

Illustrations by: Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (ian.umces.edu/imagelibrary)