Ocracoke Earthday weekend celebration

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The Ocracoke community is organizing the first annual Ocracoke Earth Day Weekend Celebration.

Between Ocracoke’s pristine beaches, maritime nature trails, village gardens, glorious live oaks, and thriving wildlife, residents and visitors alike will be able to appreciate and celebrate the beautiful island’s natural places on April 19-21st.

“We want to strike a balance between celebrating the beauty around us, while also offering discussions about the threats to the coastal environment and learning about practical and sustainable solutions to these threats,” said Ocracoke Alive director David Tweedie.

The Earth Day Weekend’s Celebration’s keynote speaker is Reide Corbett from East Carolina University’s Coastal Studies Institute.

Corbett is the Dean of Integrated Coastal Programs and leads a team of faculty and staff from across ECU’s campuses that integrates the fields of engineering, maritime history, natural, and social sciences.

Corbett will present “North Carolina’s Changing Coast: Sea level, Storms, and People” at 7 p.m. Saturday evening at the Ocracoke Community Center.

The Ocracoke Earth Day Weekend Celebration will begin on Friday, April 19th an afternoon tour of the Island Inn Commons. Weekend events offer many choices, indoors and out, for all ages including nature walks, history talks, gardening, nature crafts, live music, stargazing, a village litter pick-up, and many informative discussions and presentations about sustainability and solutions. The weekend ends with a community beach fire (with s’mores!) at Ocracoke’s lifeguard beach.

More details at www.ocracokealive.org/earthday.html