You Can Inspire a Brighter Future for Our Coast

With your help, we can:

CONNECT our coastal communities,

CONSERVE our coastal resources and way of life, and

INSPIRE the next generation of coastal stewards 

Please join us in bringing this Center for Coastal Protection and Restoration to life.



Double Your Impact This December

All gifts received before Dec 31, 2022 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a local NC family foundation– up to $150,000!

Your Support Will Make a Difference

Your gift today will help bring the Center for Coastal Protection and Restoration to life. Join the more than 130 visionaries who have pledged their support during our leadership phase in making a meaningful contribution to secure a healthy and vibrant coast for future generations. Your gift will support:

    • A Coastal Resource Center and Federation Offices
    • An Education and Event Center
    • The Chris B. Smith Nature Trail
    • Indoor and Outdoor Meeting & Education Spaces
    • Living Shorelines and Sustainability Demonstrations
    • Nature-Based Stormwater Strategies
    • Communications Studio
    • Coastal Library
    • 67-acre neighboring County Park with a Public Boat Ramp
    • And much more!


Give today to accelerate this exciting project to construction in 2023. Your support in 2022 will enable us to move forward on:

    • Trailheads, crossing & amenities
    • Entry road & parking
    • Native landscape plan
    • Building Construction

Customizable Leadership Opportunities

Leadership gifts of $10,000 or more will be prominently recognized on a permanent installation at the Center for Coastal Protection and Restoration.

Additionally, the federation will work with leadership donors to identify customizable recognition through the sponsorships of rooms, buildings and other features. View our Recognition Brochure for ideas and contact Sarah King at or 252-393-8185 for more information.


Capital Campaign Fundraising Progress

CAMPAIGN GOAL: $7,750,000

TOTAL COMMITTED: $6,747,826*

*As of 11/30/22

The Coastal Federation is grateful to our generous campaign supporters. Thank you for sharing our vision and joining us in bringing the Center for Coastal Protection and Restoration to life!

2022 Fundraising Report

2021 Fundraising Report


Thank you to our Campaign Cabinet for their leadership support.

Coming Soon: Memorial Forest

The Center for Coastal Protection and Restoration will offer a myriad of ways to connect with our coast, including inspiring grounds, bird watching tours, and nature trails. Over the coming years, the Coastal Federation will transform much of this land back to native forest and wetland habitats by thinning weak and storm-damaged trees, planting native tree species, and restoring oyster and wetland habitat in a living shoreline. In time, the grounds will include four distinct coastal habitats: coastal wetlands, maritime forest, hardwood forested wetlands, and pine forest.

Join us in celebrating the rich natural heritage of the coastal plain with our Memorial Forest. Honor a friend or loved one by sponsoring a young or mature tree. Once planted, your tree will be marked with a permanent marker honoring your friend or loved one with their name, a short message, and the name of the donor. We’ll also send you a keepsake marker as a reminder of your special gift.

The Memorial Forest will open for donations in 2024.

Memorial Forest Oak Tree