Inspiring stewardship with the Latino Community

Inspiring stewardship with the Latino Community The North Carolina Coastal Federation teamed up with Mano al Hermano, a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower Latino families through education and positive integration programs. With grant funding support from the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, the federation supported Mano al Hermano’s summer literacy program this year.…

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Remembering Joe Kilpatrick’s Rich Contributions to Our Coast and Our Lives

I met Joe Kilpatrick in 1983 during my first visit with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem. He provided a warm, friendly greeting, and gave me strong encouragement as the fledgling North Carolina Coastal Federation was just getting its footing. Thus began a friendship that lasted more than three decades. Joe helped the federation…

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North Carolina Coastal Federation Annual Pelican Awards Winners Announced

Fowler Awarded Lifetime Achievement Honors Ocean— The winners of the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s annual Pelican Awards have been announced. The awards recognize exemplary work of people, organizations and groups to protect and enhance the N.C. coast. The awards were presented today at the North Carolina History Center in New Bern. “These awards recognize the…

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Hyde County Restoration Project Begins

The North Carolina Coastal Federation partnered with landowners in Hyde County, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Hyde County Cooperative Extension, researchers at North Carolina State University and neighboring landowners to design a wetland restoration project that will benefit both land management operations in the Mattamuskeet Drainage Association as well as historically prime oystering waters in…

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Federation contributes to Latest RAE Living Shorelines report.

The latest report from Restore America’s Estuaries, “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities” has been issued and features contributions from the federation.

Living shorelines are a suite of techniques that offer property owners the opportunity to protect and restore their shoreline using more naturally-occurring systems like salt marsh and oyster reefs while also providing benefits to bays…

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Whole Foods 5% Giving Day

Becky Peter 6/26/15 As part of Whole Foods Market Wilmington’s Community Giving Program, the North Carolina Coastal Federation was chosen as the recipient for a 5% Giving Day on June 10.  The 5% Giving Day program at Whole Foods showcases a local nonprofit organization in the store for one day, and donates five percent of…

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Touch Tank Tuesday

By Mary Jaskowiak Touch Tank Tuesdays are in full swing at our southeast office in Wrightsville Beach. Every week staff and interns fill a 50 gallon tank with local sea critters. The tank is then open to the public, so visitors can experience coastal creatures firsthand. Touch Tank Tuesdays are free and are part of…

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Stand Up Paddle Board Raffle

Join or renew your annual membership in the North Carolina Coastal Federation this summer and be entered twice to win a 12 foot Sweetwater Designed Standup Paddleboard (SUP) and paddle, valued at $1,850 retail. The 12-foot SUP is a special edition lowrider board with Sweetwater graphics and paddle. There are two ways to enter. 1.…

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Summer School for Teachers

Even though school is out for summer, some teachers use this time to take classes themselves. That’s exactly what 22 teachers from across the state did in order to find opportunities to keep learning. The federation organized a four-day seminar focused on integrating digital learning about the coast at the N.C. Center for the Advancement…

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Meet our AmeriCorps Project GEOS Members!

The federation is hosting three AmeriCorps Project GEOS members this summer, with one member at each regional office. The AmeriCorps members are working on a multitude of projects throughout our three offices, focusing on environmental education. Hosted by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, AmeriCorps Project GEOS is a ten-month service program focused on environmental…

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Call of the Wild

Benefits of an Outdoor Summer Camp Summer is right around the corner and while kids from coast to coast are looking forward to a much needed break from academics and early morning routines, parents are fraught with how to keep their kids from spending the summer in front of an electronic gadget. An outdoor, nature-filled…

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Todd Miller Receives “Academy Award” for the Ocean

Todd Miller, founder and executive director of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, was named Thursday a “Hero of the Seas” as part of the prestigious Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. The awards celebrate outstanding leaders who help preserve our oceans and support the coastal communities that rely on a beautiful and productive coast. Wendy Benchley co-founded…

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North Topsail Beach Project Nears Permit Limit

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH UPDATE, MAY 8, 2015 On April 29th the Corps of Engineers approved the extension request by the town contingent upon compliance with the terms of the biological opinion issued by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The town also received approval from the Division of Coastal Management for the permit extension. The…

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Every Day Should Be Earth Day

Spring is known as “Outreach Season” for most environmental educators. With the observance of Earth Day on April 22, many organizations and venues feature science themed events all month long, including a statewide N.C. Science Festival from April 10-26, 2015. This multi-day celebration is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, with a variety…

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