Assateague Coastal Trust
ACT To Protect Our Coastal Bays
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Advocacy, Conservation, and Education

The Assateague Coastal Trust’s mission is to promote and encourage the protection of the health, productivity, and sustainability of the coastal bays watershed of Delmarva through advocacy, conservation, and education.

The Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland & Virginia) coastal area is a fragile, constantly changing ecosystem. Maintaining the health of this ecosystem is critical to preserving the way of life that is unique to the shore.

ACT is committed to protecting our watershed to ensure clean waterways for humans and wildlife, quality public health, and sustainable economic growth now and for future generations.

Featured Events

Coast Kids: Camping Weekend

Come to our Coast Kids camping weekend at the 450 acres Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center. The former farm has a large meadow, a fishing pond (sorry, no swimming!), and trails through the woods.

The Hazel Center is equipped with clean bathrooms, a cabin (in case it starts raining) with fridge and coffeemaker, a shelter, a large BBQ, a fire pit, and fishing gear. And we will be the only group camping there!

There are many nature and science projects to choose from: fishing, birding, aquatic life, hike in the forest, sounds of the night, and a scavenger hunt. In the evening we will have a bonfire. S'mores and stargazing are included.

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Coast Kids: Crabbing at Public Landing

Come spend some time on the beautiful Public Landing pier on Chincoteague Bay. We hope to see lots of crabs, of course, and maybe some other sea creatures too.

We will provide bait, nets and lines, but if you happen to have crabbing gear, bring what you have. There is a sliding board and the water is beautifully warm in June. Please bring a bathing suit, towel, and water shoes (the water is shallow enough for bigger kids to stand up). We will provide some life preservers for the little ones.

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Is the Water Safe?

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iPhone®, iPad®, & Android

We'll start monitoring
Memorial Day weekend!

Upcoming Events

Coast Kids: Camping Weekend
Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center
4025 Cooper Rd., Eden, MD
Starts at 3:00pm
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Coast Kids: Crabbing at Public Landing Pier
Public Landing Pier, Snow Hill, MD
1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Coast Kids: Nature Explorers Summer Camp Week #1
Various Locations near Berlin & Ocean City
10:00am - 2:30pm
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Coast Kids: Nature Explorers Summer Camp Week #2
Various Locations near Salisbury
10:00am - 2:30pm
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The Next Generation of
Environmental Stewards

Our Coast Kids program is a hands-on environmental education program that provides opportunities for kids and their parents to directly experience coastal Delmarva, appreciate the majesty of the Coastal Bays ecosystem, and become engaged in the mission to protect our natural heritage.

The mission of Coast Kids is to help participants to develop a sense of place - a geographical and ecological awareness that will result in more enjoyment, and ultimately more stewardship of the environment.

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An "On The Water Advocate"
For Our Waterways

The Assateague Coastkeeper® is your public advocate, protecting the Atlantic Coastal Bays for the people, plants, and animals who rely on clean and safe water.

The Coastkeeper® is an on-the-water monitor who patrols the watershed by boat in search of evidence of pollution or other water quality problems. The Coastkeeper® also reaches out to and engages citizens to provide additional eyes, ears and even noses to identify and report pollution sources.

You have a natural and legal right to water that is swim'-able, fish-able and drinkable. The Coastkeeper® is there to stand firmly on the side of you and your family to safeguard this right against polluters.

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A Campaign To Keep Airguns
Out Of The Atlantic Ocean

The Obama administration is proposing to open the waters off Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to offshore oil and natural gas production beginning in 2017.

While the proposed leasing sites are outside of Assateague Coastal Trust’s operating region, the impacts of drilling and the threat of a potential spill are very real for Assateague Island, our coastal eco-system, and economy.

Here we hope to provide some information on the impact offshore drilling could have on our environment and economy and why we think offshore drilling is the wrong decision for our future.

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