Community Wildlife Chapters Get People Outside in October
From Kids in Nature Days to school plantings to cleanup events, NCWF’s community wildlife chapters spent October restoring habitats statewide and getting people of all ages engaged in the outdoors.
Here are some highlights:
Island Wildlife-Cape Fear Region collected a total of 114 pounds of trash, including fishing lines and other plastics, near the marina along the intercoastal waterway at Carolina Beach State Park. See photo above. Other volunteers perform trail maintenance with Park Ranger Jesse Anderson.
Marvin Area for the Restoration and Sustainability of Wildlife Habitat (MARSH), based in Union County, partnered with Parkwood Middle School to certify the school property as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Additionally, 120 students joined chapter leaders and NCWF staff to plant 10 shrubs and six trees, and install 100 pollinator plants and wildlife favorites such as magnolias, milkweeds, asters, mountain mints and more.
Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) in Matthews hosted its annual Kids in Nature Day event, welcoming over 300 families from across the Charlotte region to engage in outdoor activities such as nature walks, fishing, fairy house building, reptile encounters and more.
What’s a community wildlife chapter?
NCWF chapters are community-based organizations that together form a cohesive, statewide network of wildlife enthusiasts working for wildlife and habitat conservation. This network of local volunteers is critical to delivering our shared mission and goals. Chapter members bring their expertise in education, advocacy, grassroots mobilization, outdoor activities and policy to NCWF.
Each Community Wildlife Chapter is uniquely designed to empower local wildlife enthusiasts – including anglers, backpackers, birders, hunters, gardeners and hikers – to have a direct and effective impact on the conservation of wildlife in their local communities and across the state. Chapters hold nature programs, conduct field trips and work on wildlife projects in their communities.