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.

Look for volunteer opportunities throughout the year



Oyster Project

Feb. 24 (10 a.m. - noon)

The North Carolina Coastal Federation invites community members and volunteers to help bag oyster shells at our headquarters office in Ocean. During this event, volunteers will be filling mesh bags with oyster shells that will be used to build oyster reefs in the spring and summer. The bags will be placed along the shorelines to protect them from erosion and create habitat.

Volunteers are needed to cut, tie, lift and stack shell bags. These events are suitable for adults, organized groups and supervised children over the age of 12.

There will be activities to accommodate a wide range of physical abilities, and snacks are provided. Volunteers should dress in layers for the weather and in clothes that are comfortable but that can also get dirty. Volunteers should also wear closed-toe shoes or boots that fully cover their feet.

These oyster shell bagging events are part of a living shoreline project. For more information on living shorelines, check out the Living Shorelines Academy. The Living Shorelines Academy is an online exchange of information that encourages the use of environmentally friendly living shoreline erosion control practices to protect valuable waterfront property.

Space is limited and due to the nature of this project, volunteers should be ages 12 and up.

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