Due to impending weather, the Wilmington excursion on Sept. 14 has been postponed until further notice. The federation’s first priority is the safety of our members, supporters, staff and volunteers. The rain date for this event will be dependant on the damages to the Wilmington area after Hurricane Florence. Please contact Victoria Castor at victoriac@nccoast.org with any questions. Stay safe!

Experience the Coast — An Insider's View of the Coast's Special Places
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Join the North Carolina Coastal Federation and like-minded friends of the coast for a guided tour by water of some of our coast’s most beautiful places. Hear the latest about the federation’s work protecting and restoring coastal habitats and water quality, and how your support makes a difference. These tours will take approximately 3-4 hours and will include a light lunch and social time as we enjoy the beauty of the North Carolina coast.

Please review the dates and regions listed below and follow the registration instructions. Contact Victoria Castor at victoriac@nccoast.org with any questions. Seating is limited.

Wilmington Area


Sept. 14 (rain date TBA)

Join us at the dock in Soundside Park (at the base of bridge at Surf City) at 10 a.m. and explore the beauty of Stump Sound. Ted Wilgis, coastal educator, and Tracy Skrabal, coastal scientist and regional manager, will discuss the living shoreline projects at the Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve. We will also explore the oyster restoration work in the Stump Sound and see examples of the growing oyster farming industry. Weather and tide permitting, we’ll cruise around the beautiful Permuda Island Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve which the federation worked with shellfish growers and harvesters to protect. We will enjoy a light lunch on the banks of Permuda Island before returning to the Surf City dock at 1 p.m.

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Crystal Coast

Oct. 5 (rain date Oct. 26)

Join us as we depart from downtown Swansboro aboard the Lady Swan, a pontoon ferry boat. The tour begins at the Swansboro Town Hall at 10 a.m. where we will walk around the stormwater retrofits recently completed by the federation. We will then walk a short distance to board the Lady Swan. We will tour the beautiful estuarine waters that surround Hammocks Beach State Park, including Huggins and Jones islands, which the federation helped to acquire and conserve. As we cruise, federation staff will discuss the many projects they have worked on in this beautiful region to keep the coastal waters clean and safe to enjoy. We will finish our tour with a light lunch at Jones Island, an island that is surrounded by living shorelines and oyster reefs that were restored by the federation and our dedicated volunteers. The Lady Swan will return to shore by 1 p.m.

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Outer Banks

Oct. 12 (rain date Oct. 15)

Join us at the federation’s office in Wanchese at 10 a.m. to explore the recently completed living shoreline on the edges of Broad Creek near the federation office. We will then depart from the federation dock to explore Broad Creek by boat, visiting a nearby oyster reef made from up-cycled crab pots and the beautiful marshlands around Wanchese — a perfect habitat for oyster growth. We will complete our tour with a light lunch at the federation dock and finish the day around 1 p.m.

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