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The Great Dismal Swamp to the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Great Dismal Swamp to the Blue Ridge Mountains

Environmental Education Resources  

Professional and National Groups
Environmental Educators of NC
North American Association of Environmental Educators
Southern Environmental Law Center
Green Sports Alliance
– The Green Sports Alliance is the environmentally-focused trade organization that convenes stakeholders from around the sporting world (teams, leagues, conferences, venues, corporate partners, governmental agencies, athletes, and fans) to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. We are committed to creating awareness and dedicated to creating meaningful change towards a more sustainable future. We share resources, experience, and expertise to raise awareness of what’s environmentally possible in sports, business, and society. We mobilize sports organizations, communities, athletes, and fans to create sustainable progress and behavior change.
Nature Conservancy – (Water) Protecting clean water for people and nature
Earth Island Institute – a hub for grassroots campaigns dedicated to conserving, preserving, and restoring the ecosystems on which our civilization depends.
Environmental Defense Fund – Clean air and water. Abundant fish and wildlife. A stable climate. Our work protects nature and helps people thrive.  What sets us apart is how we make this happen: By creating solutions that also carry economic benefits.
Sierra Club – Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet
National Wildlife Federation – National Wildlife Federation works closely with those who span the social and political spectrum, but who are connected by a common commitment to conservation.
EcoRise – inspires a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all. Our school-based program empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities by teaching sustainability, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship.
Aldo Leopold Education Project – Our vision is to weave a land ethic into the fabric of our society; to advance the understanding, stewardship, and restoration of land health; and to cultivate leadership for conservation.
Blessed Tomorrow – Caring for creation today. Blessed Tomorrow is a coalition of diverse religious partners working to advance climate solutions in faithful service to God.
Children and Nature Network – We are leading a global movement to increase equitable access to nature so that children– and natural places–can thrive.​ ​We ​do this ​by investing in leadership and communities through sharing evidence-based resources, scaling innovative solutions and driving policy change.
Citizen Science Groups – Citizen Science Organization, Citizen Science, US Government, Citizen Science Alliance, National Geographic Citizen Science, EPA Citizen Science.
Earth Share – A nationwide network dedicated to protecting our planet.
Environmental Working Group – The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  
GLOBE – The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  Announced by the U.S. Government on Earth Day in 1994, GLOBE launched its worldwide implementation in 1995.
Green America –  ur mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.
Groundwork – Groundwork USA is the only network of local organizations devoted to transforming the natural and built environment of low-resource communities—a national enterprise with local roots, working at the intersection of the environment, equity, and civic engagement.
Keep America Beautiful -Ending littering, Improving recycling, Beautifying communities.
Wild Law
 online source for information on current and historical efforts to conserve, preserve and sustain our country’s critical natural resources on both the local and national level
EcoChallenge – is a social change platform designed to positively shift the values and decisions individuals and organizations make about transportation, food, materials, energy use, and other lifestyle choices that drive emissions and environmental degradation. The platform is a trusted tool by sustainability leaders within businesses, schools, and communities to accomplish their ambitious engagement goals.

North Carolina
Catawba College – Center for the Environment
Catawba College – Campaign for Clean Air
East Carolina University Center for Sustainability
NC State University – Clean Technology Center 

NC State University – Solar House
Appalachian State University – Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE)
UNCW Marine Sciences  
Center for Marine Sciences
UNC – Institute for the Environment, Marine Sciences
Duke University Marine Lab

State Agencies
Cooperative Extension Service                                                         Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Service
Department of Environmental Quality
NC Soil and Water Conservation Service
                                      Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District
NC DEQ Wildlife Resources Commission
NC DEQ Environmental Education Office
NC DEQ Division of Air Quality
NC  Aquariums
Coastal Management
NC  Zoo
NC DEQ Water Resources
NC Office of Environmental Education
NC Environmental Education Centers
NC Waste Management
NC Storm Water
NC Natural Heritage Program
NC Forestry Service                                                                             Cumberland Count Forestry Service
DEQ Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources
Environmental Assistance and Customer Service
NC Environmental Health
                                                                 Cumberland County Health Department
NC DEQ Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve
NC Environmental Centers – Listing of Centers (parks, reserves, etc.)  in NC

North Carolina Environmental Groups  (Advocacy, Environmental Education, and Political)

Appalachian Voices Protecting the Central and Southern Appalachian Mountain Region
Environment North Carolina A statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization
Mountaintrue  23 counties in western NC working to manage growth, preserving public lands, protecting water
Elisha Mitchel Audubon Society  Asheville
High Country Audubon Society Serving Avery, Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga, and Wilkes counties
Highlands Plateau Audubon Society   Serving Highlands, Cashiers, Franklin, and Scaly Mountain in Western North Carolina
Blue Ridge Conservancy  Saving the places you love.
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy  Partners with landowners and organizations to protect land and water resources.
Pacolet Area Conservancy   protecting and conserving natural resources with emphasis on the lands and waterways with scenic, ecological, and agricultural significance in the North Pacolet and Green River watersheds
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy one of the country’s oldest and most respected land trusts. SAHC works to protect the world’s oldest mountains for the benefit of present and future generations.
Dan River Basin Association Preserving and promoting the natural and cultural resources of the Dan River Basin.
New River Conservancy Working for a completely protected New River as a treasured national resource.
Riverlink regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a destination for everyone to work, live and play
Yadkin Riverkeeper Respecting, protecting and improving the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin.
Mainspring Conservation Trust Dedicating to conserving the waters, forests, farms, and heritage of the Upper Little Tennessee and Hiwassee River valleys
Clean Water 4 North Carolina – promoting clean, safe water and empowered, just communities through community organizing, advocacy, education, and technical assistance, with offices in Durham and Asheville.

Piedmont Environmental Alliance Connecting People to Preserve Our Planet
NC Green Power – NC GreenPower is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit improving our state’s environment by supporting renewable energy, carbon offset projects and providing grants for solar installations at K-12 schools.
Mecklenburg Audubon Connecting people with birds and their environment
Audubon North Carolina Helping conserve and restore the North Carolina habitats we share with all wildlife, focusing on the needs of birds
New Hope Audubon Society Serving Chatham, Durham, and Orange counties in central North Carolina
Pearson Audubon Society diverse group who share a passion for birds and the natural world, and who want future generations to live in a world with wild birds. We are active in preserving natural areas in Guilford County
Wake Audubon Society Chapter of Audubon NC and of the National Audubon Society. Located in Wake County.
Catawba Lands Conservancy Dedicated To Saving Land And Connecting Lives To Nature.
Davidson Lands Conservancy Works with willing landowners to save land in the Davidson, North Carolina area.
Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina Working to preserve and protect the places we all love across the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills
Piedmont Land Conservancy Permanently protects important lands
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation advocates for the health, protection, and enjoyment of the Catawba River watershed.
Eno River Association Dedicated to conserving and protecting the nature, culture, and history of the Eno River basin.
Haw River Assembly Promotes environmental education, conservation, and pollution prevention; to speak as a voice for the river in the public arena, and to put into peoples’ hands the tools and the knowledge they need to be effective guardians of the river.
Sound Rivers Protects, restores and preserves the Neuse Tar-Pamlico River basins.
Friends of Deep River promote awareness, conservation, education and recreational access in the river corridor and basin.
Friends of Rocky River protect the economic, natural & environmental resources of the Rocky River for all citizens of Chatham County and North Carolina
Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association Conserving and enhancing the scenic, recreational, natural and historic qualities of South Ellerbe Creek and its landscape in the upper-Neuse River Basin.
Land Trust for Central North Carolina Working with property owners to preserve our lands, our vistas and the essential nature of our region.
Triangle Land Trust protect important open space—stream corridors, forests, wildlife habitat, farmland, and natural areas—in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange, and Wake Counties to help keep our region a healthy and vibrant place to live and work.
Clean Jordan Lake – Restore Jordan Lake to a healthy and vibrant aquatic resource by removing trash from the shoreline and preventing its recurrence.

Center for Environmental Farming Systems -develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities.
NC Coastal Federation – Protecting the NC Coast
Albemarle Environmental Association Focused on environmental conservation of the Albemarle watershed
Cape Fear Audubon Society Serves Brunswick, Pender, New Hanover, and Onslow counties
Nature Conservancy of North Carolina Protecting the Tar Heel State’s Natural Wonders
Bald Head Island Conservancy A leader in barrier island conservation, preservation and education.
PenderWatch and Conservancy committed to preserving the natural environment of Pender County for current and future generations by promoting environmentally sound policies and programs.
Open Spaces Protection Collaborative joint effort of six land conservation organizations to increase the pace of voluntary preservation of open space, including forest, farmland, natural areas, and culturally or historically significant properties in the Carolinas
Tar River Land Conservancy preserves the natural and cultural resources of the Tar River Basin and surrounding areas
Pamlico-Tar River Foundation Dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting the environmental quality of the Tar-Pamlico River and its watershed.
Cape Fear River Assembly Provides for the highest quality of life possible for the residents of the Cape Fear River basin, through the proper management of the Cape Fear River, its tributaries, and adjacent land uses. Our mission will be accomplished through education, monitoring, and advocacy.
Roanoke River Partners non-profit group of organizations & individuals formed to create a positive, healthy vision and future for the historic communities that reside throughout the region – the Roanoke River, Albemarle Sound, and their communities.
Friends of Sampson County Waterways This group is a cooperative nonprofit that protects, preserves, and paddles all waterways in Sampson County. They lend kayaks and paddles to the tribe for excursions on river systems, and they also organize tourism trips with interested groups.
Cape Fear River Watch Voice of the Cape Fear
Friends of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Helping protect the natural treasures of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Sandhills Area Land Trust – SALT non-profit organization that serves Moore, Richmond, Scotland, Hoke, Cumberland, and Harnett counties in southeastern North Carolina. SALT works with private landowners to negotiate voluntary conservation agreements (Conservation Easements) on private property
Save Our Sandhills a grassroots organization which seeks to save and protect the Sandhills woods, streams, farmland, and wildlife for the benefit of our citizens and future generations
Sustainable Sandhills   A local grassroots initiative which holds to the following objectives for the communities served; d
on’t rely on nonrenewable resources; don’t systematically increase synthetic products that don’t biodegrade; don’t degrade nature’s services (trees that create oxygen, wetlands that provide habitat and filter water); and make sure everyone’s basic needs are met.  It serves 9 counties served by Ft. Bragg.
NC Coastal Land Trust -works with landowners to conserve lands with scenic, recreational, historic and/or ecological value. Our mission is to enrich the coastal communities of our state through the conservation of natural areas and working landscapes, education, and the promotion of good land stewardship.

North Carolina Organizations(some may have regional offices)
Carolina Bird Club Represents and supports the birding community in the Carolinas
Clean Water for North Carolina Promoting clean, safe water and empowered communities
Conservation Trust for North Carolina Reconnecting children and families to nature.
Clean Air Carolina Your advocates for healthy air.
Carolina Butterfly Society Emphasizes identifying and watching butterflies in the field and garden rather than collecting them.
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association a non-profit, membership-based organization that advocates for fair farm and food policies, builds the systems that organic family farms need to thrive and educates communities about local, organic farming.
Earth Share North Carolina Focusing on green infrastructure, water quality, energy conservation/renewable energy and recycling
Friends of State Parks Supporting the State Parks of North Carolina.
NC Coastal Federation Provides people and groups with the assistance needed to take an active role in the stewardship of North Carolina’s coastal water quality and natural resources.
NC Native Plant Society Promotes the enjoyment and conservation of NC native plants and their habitats through education, cultivation, and advocacy
NC Waste Reduction Awareness Reduction Network Nonprofit tackling the accelerating crisis posed by climate change – along with the various risks of nuclear power – by watch-dogging Duke Energy practices and working for a swift North Carolina transition to energy efficiency and clean power generation
Toxic Free NC engages North Carolinian’s in the transition to a toxic-free society through initiatives that promote human and environmental health.
Save Water NC – help North Carolinian’s learn to use water more efficiently at work, at home, at school, and in their communities.

Politically Active
Frack Free NC a network of grassroots organizations who believe that shale gas development using “fracking” and horizontal drilling cannot be done without bringing harm to our waters, land, air, communities and public health.
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League raise public awareness and have won many battles against environmentally damaging projects and proposals throughout the southeast.
Green Peace Charlotte NC defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing, and confronting environmental abuse, championing environmentally responsible solutions, and advocating for the rights and well-being of all people.
NC Green Party Revitalizing our planet and our democracy without the corrupting influence of corporate and PAC money.
North Carolina League of Conservation Voters Turning environmental values into NC priorities.
North Carolina Conservation Network A statewide network of over 90 environmental, community and environmental justice organizations.
NC Environmental Justice Network Promotes health and environmental equality for all people of North Carolina through community action for clean industry, safe workplaces and fair access to all human and natural resources
NC Interfaith Power and Light Works with faith communities to address the causes and consequences of global climate change and promotes practical, hope-filled responses through education, outreach, and public policy advocacy
Physicians for Social Responsibility Western NC Chapter medical and Public health voice working to prevent the use or spread of nuclear weapons and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and the toxic degradation of the environment
NCPIRG -NC Public Interest Research Group Uncovers threats to public health and well-being and works to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and litigation.
NC Sierra Club Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth, starting right here in North Carolina. Practice and promote the responsible use. Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore
Scotland County of Tomorrow chapter of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League contributed to a successful conclusion to a five-year campaign against a mega-landfill in June of 2010
Environment North Carolina –  protecting the places we love, advancing the environmental values we share, and winning real results for our environment.

SIghts and Scenes of NC

Published by Gloria Lengel on May 15, 2019

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