Assateague Coastal Trust
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Advocacy, Conservation, and Education

Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) works to protect and enhance the natural resources of the Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed 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


Assateague Coastal Trust is excited to announce the dates for this year’s Paddlemania, a paddling festival celebrating the beauty and wonder of our local region!

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural festival, ACT will be expanding Paddlemania to a four-day fiesta of paddling fun starting on Thursday, September 18th and running through Sunday, September 21st.

Some Paddlemania highlights for this year’s event include guided paddling adventures along the scenic Pocomoke River, Assateague Island, and coastal bays, educational paddling workshops, opportunities to try out some of the latest paddling equipment, and a seafood feast with live music and libations!

Stay tuned to this website page for more details on Paddlemania. The full schedule of events along with ticket purchasing information will be available in late August…until then, keep paddling!

Join the Coast Kids at
Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge

Assateague Island is moving!  Coast Kids will find out where and why as they explore the processes of barrier island geography. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is home to lots of species, and we will discover the necessary adaptations required to survive in this ever-changing environment.

Please bring sunscreen, bug spray, hat and shoes, that are suitable to walk on the beach. A ranger will lead this event, and answer all of our questions.

More Information & to Sign-up >

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Top Stories & News

We are disappointed MDE does not feel our concerns about lack of data, transparency of the data, and adequate consideration of pollution loads from agriculture warrants a change to their draft ...Read More >
Paddlemania 2014 is Coming!
September 18-21; Four full days of paddleing events and fun. More details coming in August.
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How We Celebrated Earth Day
ACT’s Earth Day celebration began on April 24th with our first ever Toast for the Coast.Read More >

Upcoming Events

Coast Kids: Beach Walk at Chincoteague NWR
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Chincoteague, VA
2:00pm - 3:30pm
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Various Locations around the Eastern Shore
More Information Coming Soon

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.

More on the Coast Kids >

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.

More on the Coastkeeper >

A Model Community For Environmental Protection And Conservation

Grow Berlin Green (GBG) is a campaign dedicated to establishing the town of Berlin, Maryland, and surrounding areas as a model community for participatory environmental protection, conservation and smart growth.

The campaign includes events and activities designed to involve citizens, business owners and government officials to better build a foundation for citizen and policymaker participation.

The goals of GBG include improving understanding, engagement and activism among citizens and policymakers, increasing conservation efforts, improving natural resources management, reducing waste and increasing recycling.