Education and Outreach
Scroll down to view our archive of Educational Webinars from 2020-2022
View the Lake Walk at CB tab as we post educational materials related to our ongoing collaboration with the Town of Carolina Beach and Carolina Beach Elementary School.
Lake Walk Backstory:
In 2020, Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region,
a chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation, created a project which led to the restoration of 300 feet of shoreline around the lake in Carolina Beach. We hosted two outdoor education sessions with NC State Extension on stormwater, shoreline stabilization, and native plants. Installation was completed by community volunteers in December 2020.
Native plant species help prevent erosion, improve water quality, and create a healthy habitat for humans and wildlife. These initial efforts were supported by a coalition composed of NHC Extension, Cape Fear River Watch, NC Sea Grant, POP, and the Town of Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation.
Unfortunately, much of that area was damaged by an herbicide mishap shortly after installation.
Island Wildlife worked with the town to install new native plants this spring (April 8, 2022). As part of an emerging collaboration with Carolina Beach elementary school, students helped with the re-planting.
Island Wildlife and the town collaborated on the installation of permanent educational signs similar to the Story Walk signs, with plates that can be interchanged and replaced (new projects, new art, new species, etc.) making this an ongoing collaboration with CBES, both for art-making and to utilize this area as an outdoor classroom. These signs include educational information and art from each grade level at the school. This ongoing project will support the use of this area as an outdoor classroom and as a place where the community may gain a deeper appreciation for the native species, wetlands, and wildlife habitats of the lower Cape Fear Region.