Assateague Coastal Trust
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Advocacy, Conservation, and Education

Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) works to protect and enhance the natural resources of the Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed 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





New Year's Day Beach Walk


Assateague Coastal Trust will pay tribute to the organization's Founders during the 35th Annual Ilia Fehrer/Judy Johnson New Year's Day Beach Walk. Join ACT at Assateague State Park at 1:00 p.m. on January 1, 2015 for an entertaining guided tour of the barrier island.

The history of the New Year's Day Beach Walk goes back 34 years. In the early 1970's, Judy Johnson formed the Committee to Preserve Assateague Island to draw attention to Assateague's wild beauty. The Committee rallied against early plans for a park at Assateague, which included a 25-mile highway and a number of commercial enterprises. Prior to the establishment of a park on the island, Assateague was slated for development as the resort of Ocean Beach, Maryland. Roads had been built and lots had been sold when a series of 1962 nor'easters interrupted construction. The island was declared a National Seashore in 1965.

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Coast Kids Event
Nature Art at the Ocean Pines Library


Did you ever wonder, what to do with all the shells, sticks and rocks, the kids collected? Nature gives us beautiful materials for art projects. We will get creative and use all sorts of natural things for a variety of art projects.

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Upcoming Events


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New Year's Day Beach Walk
Assateague Island State Park
Starts at 1:00pm
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Coast Kids: Nature Art
Ocean Pines Library - 11107 Cathell Rd, Berlin
1:00pm - 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 Model Community For Environmental Protection And Conservation

Grow Berlin Green (GBG) is a campaign dedicated to establishing the town of Berlin, Maryland, and surrounding areas as a model community for participatory environmental protection, conservation and smart growth.

The campaign includes events and activities designed to involve citizens, business owners and government officials to better build a foundation for citizen and policymaker participation.

The goals of GBG include improving understanding, engagement and activism among citizens and policymakers, increasing conservation efforts, improving natural resources management, reducing waste and increasing recycling.