The NC Coastal Federation relies on volunteers to protect and restore our coast. Thousands of people have helped to restore coastal habitat, push for stronger environmental rules and promote s...
The North Carolina Conservation Network is a statewide network of over 100 environmental, community and environmental justice organizations focused on protecting North Carolina’s environment and public health.
The network supports, trains and coordinates diverse groups and directly advocates to achieve equitable and sustainable solutions for our environment. The organization was launched in 1998 by a collaborative effort of more than 60 NC conservation, environmental justice, and community groups to improve the community`s communications and its capacity for effective advocacy.
The network's goals include providing updates and environmental news to NC environmental groups, training activists to become more effective advocates, fostering healthy patterns of communication and collaboration, and convening and facilitating coalitions to address significant environmental issues.
Learn more, donate and take action here.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through conservation, research, education and activism. The organization was founded by a group of surfers in 1984 in Malibu, California, and now numbers over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide.
The Cape Fear Chapter is actively involved in beach sweeps, a beachscape mapping program and other projects to preserve our coastal resources. They are activists as well as people who enjoy surfing and other water sports.
"The responsibility for the actions and agenda of the government ultimately falls on the shoulders of those who elect the government into power. The people of New Hanover County need to hold their elected officials responsible for the preservation of our natural resources and the continued smart, well planned growth of our city."
-Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation
This museum is housed in a turn-of-the-century cottage furnished as a beach home of that time. Several events are offered to celebrate the history of Wrightsville Beach.
This facility on Topsail Island monitors sea turtle nests from May through August, and cares for sick and injured turtles at its hospital. The volunteers reported over 100 nests on the island this year.
Watch the turtle release video.
This partnership of organizations is committed to conserving the special character and wildlife of the arch region – stretching from Cape Lookout to Cape Romaine, SC. The unique geology of this area – sand and limestone deposited 35 million years ago – has created a diverse habitat with many species here that are found nowhere else in the world.
A non-profit committed to preserving, protecting and promoting the Smith Island group (Bald Head, Middle and Bluff islands), the Conservancy sponsors scientific research and offers events for residents and visitors to enjoy this unparalleled natural environment.
A special seven acre sanctuary featuring coastal area plants and beautiful water features, the staff and volunteers provide educational opportunities and events for gardeners year-round.