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.

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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 roadblock 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 sandcastle, 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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