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.
Solar Viewing at NASA
Coast Kids,come and observe the sun by looking through a variety of special telescopes (weather permitting).
Learn about our star through sun-themed movies, crafts and activities. NASA staff will answer all your questions about the sun, our planetary system, space, and the total solar eclipse that can be observed in August 2017 in some parts of the USA. The Wallops Island Visitor Center also offers a lot of information about space exploration and rocket science.
Build a Native Bee "Hotel"
Native bees are quite different from honeybees: Most of them don’t sting.
In fact, they are completely harmless unless they are severely threatened. They live by themselves and not in large colonies. And they nest in little holes in wood, clay, or even in a straw.
Though largely unrecognized, native bees play an important role in pollinating plants. Coast Kids will build a bee box for native bees with wood, reeds and other materials. Feel free to decorate your native bee “hotel”. Take your bee box home and in the spring you can watch them moving in!
The Next Generation of
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.More on the Coast Kids
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.More on the Coastkeeper >
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.More on Our Efforts >