Ocracoke Alive announces new Ocracoke Earthday Festival

Published 1:27 pm Monday, April 15, 2024

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What could be better than one Ocracoke festival? Two!

Ocracoke Alive has announced a brand new event, the Ocracoke Earthday Weekend Celebration, set for April 19-21, 2024.

“Ocracoke’s pristine beaches, maritime nature trails, village gardens, glorious live oaks, and thriving wildlife inspire residents and visitors alike to appreciate and celebrate our beautiful island’s natural places,” stated the event announcement. “This year, to share the love of the island and the rest of the planet, the Ocracoke community is organizing the first annual Ocracoke Earth Day Weekend Celebration.”

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In collaboration with local and regional individuals and organizations, Ocracoke Alive staff and volunteers have planned a weekend of information and fun. “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. As dean of Integrated Coastal Programs, Corbett leads an interdisciplinary 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, April 20 evening at the Ocracoke Community Center.

The celebration will begin on Friday, April 19 with 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 are available at ocracokealive.org/earthday.html.