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


Ranger Guided Program & Bike Ride on Assateague



Assateague has more to offer than the beach! Please enjoy a ranger guided program at the Assateague Island Visitor Center followed by a bicycle trip onto the island. We will be biking on the bicycle path from the Visitor Center over the Verrazano Bridge and then along Bayberry Drive.

The path is paved and separated from car traffic, so it makes a great place for families to explore Assateague by bike. Please bring your own bicycles and helmets! If your kids are not ready to bike yet, or you can't fit your bikes in your car, you are welcome to join the program at the Visitor Center and take a walk over the bridge. The view from the bridge is great!

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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, and a fire pit.

There is lots of space 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, a scavenger hunt and a nature craft. In the evening we will have a bonfire. S'mores and stargazing are included.

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We'll begin monitoring our beaches after Memorial Day

Upcoming Events


Mar 
19 
Coast Kids: Ranger Guided Program
Assateague Island Visitor Center
1:30pm - 3:30pm
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Apr 
22 
Coast Kids: Earth Day at the Salisbury Zoo
Salisbury Zoo
10:00am - 4:00pm
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May 
27 
Coast Kids: Camping Weekend
Hazel Outdoor Center, Eden MD
Begins Saturday at 2pm until Sunday at 11am
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Jun 
Coast Kids: Horseshoe Crab Spawning
Ocean City Beach near 1st St.
7:30pm - 9:00pm
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Jun 
19 
Coast Kids: Nature Explorers Summer Camp
Week 1 begins June 19
Week 2 begins June 26 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.

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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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