links with the federation’s mission to provide opportunities for
individuals to take an active role in the stewardship of our coastal
waters and habitats. The federation’s education work reaches into homes,
classrooms, schoolyards, estuaries, boardrooms and cyberspace.
We tap the educational potential of both our advocacy and restoration
programs to provide hands-on, tangible learning experiences for people
of all ages and walks of life. Our student engagement programs are
aligned with the formal public education standards adopted by the NC
Department of Public Instruction for the age levels we teach. They serve
as opportunities for enriching, learning opportunities both in the
classroom and outside.
Some of our student education programs are designed to serve
economically disadvantaged communities, and most of the federation’s
student education programs occur in public schools, reaching a wide
diversity of kids. The federation educates thousands of community
volunteers each year that help us with our advocacy and restoration
projects. We also target our workshops and publications to reach
community decision-makers and work to be on the cutting edge of
web-based communication strategies.
Educate current and future decision-makers and stewards to become
informed and effective partners in protecting and restoring coastal
We trained more than 90 local government officials on coastal
environmental rules and laws, put almost 5,000 students into the field
to restore oyster reef and salt marshes and educated thousands of people
about coastal issues through our publication and forums. Those are just
a few of our major accomplishments during the last three years.