Pine Knoll Shores Conservation Projects

Pine Knoll Shores Conservation Projects

Volunteer Service Corps Program

Join the Aquarium education team and let's get to work to make a positive change in our communities! Opportunities are available for individuals, families and groups to volunteer for a few hours to participate in field conservation efforts spearheaded by the Aquarium and our community partners. Learn about the habitats, animals and conservation efforts happening in your community.

volunteer opportunities Below



Dune Grass PLanting

15 June Atlantic Beach

Join the Aquarium in planting dune grass in Atlantic Beach at the New Bern Street Beach Access. Grass helps stabilize dunes and shorelines which in turn helps protect from storm surges and winds. The dune grass planting will take place at the New Bern Street public beach access in Atlantic Beach at 8 a.m. until all the plants have been planted.

This event is part of our Wrold Oceans day #RestoreTheShore events. We're focusing on reconnecting with nature in a time after Hurricane Florence #OverFlo

Parking will be free and snacks and water will be provided by the Aquarium, as will gloves and necessary planting tools (although they are free to bring their own gloves).  Participants need to bring a reusable bottle and prepare to be on the beach for a while (bring hats, sunscreen, etc.).   

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Marsh Grass PLanting

8 June @ the Aquarium

Join the Aquarium for a marsh grass planting. This planting will take place at the the Aquarium in Bogue Sound as part of a Living Shoreline Project. Marsh grass helps stabilize the shoreline which in turn helps protect from storm surges, breaks up wave strength, and keeps estuaries safe for growing fish.
The marsh grass planting will take place at the Aquarium.  This event is part of our World Oceans Day events. The theme is Spring Into Action with a focus on reconnecting with nature in a time after Hurricane Florence #OverFlo

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You can help Sea turtles!

North Carolina nesting season is April through October

Sea turtle nesting season in North Carolina is April through October. You can help these endangered species every day - no need for registration, sign-up sheets, or expenditures.

The easiest way to help is to pick up trash. As sea turtle traffic picks up, just as the number of visitors to the beach increases, during the summer months - picking up trash becomes even more important. Not only can trash create a problem, but also beach furniture left on the beach at night can create a road block for nesting mothers as well as hatchlings. Picking up trash and bringing in furniture and toys can help.  

After digging a hole in the sand or building a sand castle, be sure to fill in and flatten out the sand before you leave the beach. These holes and structures not only create hazards for people walking the beach but they create hazards for nesting mothers and hatchlings. Mother sea turtles have very little energy to avoid them and can result in a mother turning around and "dumping" her eggs in the sea instead of a nest. 

Turn out the lights for sea turtles. Light from beachfront homes and lodgings discourage sea turtles from nesting on the beach and disorients hatchlings causing them to crawl toward the exterior lights and sand dunes instead of toward the open ocean.  

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