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Education: Welcome

Native Plants for Pollinators with Amy Mead


Striped Bass with Kemp Burdette


Colonial Nesting Birds of the Cape Fear with Lindsay Addison


Ancient Cypress Trees of the Black River with Dr. David Stahle


Youth Ambassadors


Coastal Coyotes with Dr. Rachael Urbanek


Sea Turtles with Dr. Beth Darrow and Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project


Flytraps with Jessica Roach


Alligators with Becky Skiba


Stormwater 101 with New Hanover County's Drucilla "Dru" Harrison


Hummingbirds with Susan Campbell


North Carolina Coastal Reserve, part 1, with Paula Gillikin


Education and Outreach

Scroll down to view our archive of Educational Webinars from 2020-2022


View the Lake Walk at CB tab as we post educational materials related to our ongoing collaboration with the Town of Carolina Beach and Carolina Beach Elementary School. 























Lake Walk Backstory:

In 2020, Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region,

a chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation, created a project which led to the restoration of 300 feet of shoreline around the lake in Carolina Beach. We hosted two outdoor education sessions with NC State Extension on stormwater, shoreline stabilization, and native plants. Installation was completed by community volunteers in December 2020. 


Native plant species help prevent erosion, improve water quality, and create a healthy habitat for humans and wildlife. These initial efforts were supported by a coalition composed of NHC Extension, Cape Fear River Watch, NC Sea Grant, POP, and the Town of Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation.

Unfortunately, much of that area was damaged by an herbicide mishap shortly after installation.


Island Wildlife worked with the town to install new native plants this spring (April 8, 2022). As part of an emerging collaboration with Carolina Beach elementary school, students helped with the re-planting.


Island Wildlife and the town collaborated on the installation of permanent educational signs similar to the Story Walk signs, with plates that can be interchanged and replaced (new projects, new art, new species, etc.) making this an ongoing collaboration with CBES, both for art-making and to utilize this area as an outdoor classroom. These signs include educational information and art from each grade level at the school. This ongoing project will support the use of this area as an outdoor classroom and as a place where the community may gain a deeper appreciation for the native species, wetlands, and wildlife habitats of the lower Cape Fear Region.

Panel Discussion on Disability and Outdoor Accessibility (For Cape Fear Sierra Club Earth Day)


Birding Basics with Lauren Pharr


Saltwater Intrusion and Ghost Forests with LeRoy Humphries


Longleaf Pines and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers with Carson Wood


Gardening for Climate Change in the South with Barbara Sullivan


Retracing John Lawson's Journey through the Carolinas with noted author Scott Huler


The Green Swamp and the Necessity of Fire with Roger Shew


Talking Trash with Plastic Ocean Project's Bonnie Monteleone


Discussion of the film, "Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?" with Professor John Taggart, Belinda Joyner of Clean Water for NC, and SELC's Heather Hillaker


Saving the Wild South with Georgann Eubanks


Rachel Carson and Lake Mattamuskeet, a presentation by historian David Cecelski


Diamondback Terrapins with Elizabeth Pinnix


Great White Sharks with Dr. Bob Hueter of OCEARCH

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Janisse Ray, author of Wild Spectacle and Ecology of a Cracker Childhood


Waccamaw Siouan STEM Studio and Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Ashley Lomboy


DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) in Field Safety with Murry Burgess


Opossums with Jerry Reynolds


Phenology: Nature's Calendar with Erin Posthumus


Native Plants for Birds and Butterflies with Charley Winterbauer

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