The NC Wildlife Federation, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro and the Plastic Ocean Project bring you the

Ocean Advocacy Workshop

March 27-28, 2020 in Wilmington, North Carolina

Everyday, we learn more about the declining environment - collapsing ecosystems, fires, floods, chemicals in drinking water, compromised oceans, and the lack of political will to protect them. Feeling like you don’t have a voice?  We can help you find yours.

The goal of this workshop is to learn how to advocate sound solutions through social media and political engagement to help protect oceans from human impacts.

Inspired by the likes of Rosa Parks and Greta Thunberg, this generation is ready for action. You will meet everyday people who have taken on conventional norms, large corporations, the Navy, and accomplished major feats. They will share effective strategies, information and skills to empower you to the next level.

You, too, can ultimately influence critically important environmental policies and legislation!


Scroll down to learn about this year's OAW presenters and view the workshop schedule and full sponsor list.

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!

The registration deadline is March 15, 2020.

Registration Fee is $25 for the General Public.

If you would like to be considered for a registration subsidy, please send a request with an explanation for your discounted registration request to

2020 Ocean Advocacy Workshop Presenters

2020 Workshop Schedule

Friday, March 27

3:00 - 5:00       Trees4Trash Beach Cleanup – Spoil Island Wilmington (Shuttle provided)

7:00 -  ???        Waterman’s Brewery, Informal Meet & Greet & Short Films  (food available for purchase)


Saturday, March 28

7:30- 8:30           Registration Open (coffee and snack provided)

8:30- 8:50           Welcome & Opening (Devon Scott)

8:55- 9:10           Strategizing for Effective Advocacy (Dr. Jenny Biddle)

9:15- 9:45            Policy Overview: Marine Wildlife Fisheries Management in NC (Dr. Louis Daniel)

9:45-10:00            BREAK

10:00-10:20        Social Media and the Environment (Karley Kranich)

10:20-10:40        Breakout Overview & Disperse into Breakout Rooms (Tara Moore)

10:40-12:25         Breakout Sessions  1

12:30-1:15             LUNCH (provided)

1:15-1:30             Afternoon Pep Talk! (Tara Moore)

1:30- 2:00           Political Power: How Your Actions Can Make A Difference (Michelle Nowlin, J.D.)

2:00-2:35            Plastics in the Ocean – Problem and Solutions (Bonnie Monteleone)

2:35-2:45            Disperse into Breakout Rooms

2:45-4 pm          Breakout Sessions  2

4:15-4:30            All Assemble Large Room (Bonnie Monteleone)

4:30- 5:00          David and Goliath: The fight to save the wildlife refuge (Jennifer Skvarla)

Ocean Advocacy Workshop
2020 Sponsors

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The Trees4Trash Initiative

Litter and debris threaten the health and safety of wildlife, habitats (natural and otherwise) and humans. Trees4Trash (T4T) is an innovative colloboration between Plastic Ocean Project and NCWF that challenges local communities, organizations and citizens to remove trash from terrestrial habitats before flooding and heavy rainfall deposits it into watersheds (and eventually the oceans) where long endures. NCWF planted more than 350 trees in 2019 through T4T, with 10,000 pounds of garbage removed from natural habitats. The target areas are those where trash removal is unlikely otherwise; posing increased risk of harm to wildlife, habitats and entry into waterways.

Support the North Carolina Wildlife Federation

Gather your family and friends and plan your next outdoor adventure for one of North Carolina’s many unforgettable natural destinations. Help NCWF preserve wildlife and wild places for our children and future generations to come.