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

ACToberfest Paddlemania!

On Saturday, October 18th, Assateague Coastal Trust will hold its 2nd Annual ACToberfest Paddlemania! at Castaways RV Resort and Campground in West Ocean City, Maryland. The event is a celebration of our local waterways and features live music, local food, paddling events and demos, children's activities, and loads of fun!

Join SuperFun Eco Tours on a guided trip exploring Assateague Island on a Wildlife Discovery Tour. This tour provides the opportunity to get out and explore Assateague’s bays and salt marshes by boat and by foot. On this trip, you’ll have the opportunity to explore parts of Assateague Island few others get to see! This trip usually costs $50, but we’re excited to be offering it at the discounted rate of $35 as part of ACToberfest Paddlemania!!  More Information & To Buy Tickets >

Bike Trip & Kite Flying
at the YMCA in Pocomoke

Fall is a great time to go on a bike trip. October 4th is "Take a Kid Mountain Biking" Day. On the Pocomoke YMCA grounds are 7 mountain biking trails, which all connect to a very easy main loop. The trails wind through beautiful forest and along a pond. Please bring your own bicycles, helmets (required!), and bug spray.

After the bike ride, decorate and fly a kite. If your kids are not ready to bike yet, or you can't fit your bikes in your car, you are welcome to take a walk, and create a kite. To see all the bicycle trails at the Pocomoke YMCA, please download this map.

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Is the Water Safe?

We've Got an App for That!
iPhone®, iPad®, & Android

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Top Stories & News

Clean Water Advocates Petition for Better Controls on Virginia Factory Farm PollutionRead Our Press Release >

Read The Petition >
A Worcester County Candidate Forum
has been scheduled for October 7th to give voters a chance to hear from all candidates about issues of importance.
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Operation Medicine Drop
Our next prescription medicine "take back" day is scheduled for Saturday, September 27th.Read More >

Upcoming Events

Operation Medicine Drop
Various Locations
10:00am - 2:00pm Read More >

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Returns
Seacrets in Ocean City, MD
More Information and Ticket Information coming soon
ACToberfest Paddlemania!
Castaways RV Resort & Campground
12550 Eagles Nest Rd. Ocean City, MD
Begins at 3:00pm Read More >

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.

More on the Coastkeeper >

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.