- Field Glasses
- Guide Book
- Water shoes
Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours and The Cape Fear Naturalist, Wilmington’s Local eco-tourism company, are proud to announce the advent of a new series of nature tours focused on understanding the Unique Ecosystems of Southeastern North Carolina.Trip destinations can include: the Green Swamp (carnivorous plant id), Town Creek (Black Water Cypress), Masonboro Island and Hutaff Island (Shorebird Ecology and ID) The program goal is to raise local conservation awareness about these sensitive habitats and wildlife that occur in southeastern North Carolina.
Guided Environmental Education Cruises
Come join us while we explore wonder of Cape Fear’s local barrier islands, creeks and inlet waterways. A trained naturalist guide will point out the unique features and answer questions. Includes: Guide fee, bathroom facilities, soft drinks, shell bags. Eco-Cruise tours last two hours in duration, and are aboard a specially rigged 26ft catamaran boat. Trips will leave from Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach. Eco-Cruises are appropriate for individuals, couples, families and other groups.
Read our Letter to School Groups interested in Masonboro Island
At The Cape Fear Naturalist, our mission is to foster environmental education and enrichment through outdoor adventure excursions to the beaches, sand dunes, salt marshes and estuarine habitats of Masonboro Island.
Our environmental education program offers a unique opportunity for students of all ages to experience Masonboro’s pristine barrier island ecosystem. Not only will they have the opportunity to cruise the waterways on a catamaran-style marine vessel, but they will also have a hands-on experience observing and interacting with the island’s diverse flora and fauna.
There are few outdoor programs in North Carolina that provide this amazing learning experience while simultaneously nurturing a sense and appreciation of stewardship for nature (in general) and barrier island habitats (in particular). Students will walk away from the experience with a better understanding of not only how the various marine ecosystems work, but with a new knowledge of particular plants and animals and their economic and environmental importance to North Carolina.
The Cape Fear Naturalist environmental education program offers field trips that include inquiry-based learning and lesson plans about key coastal education topics such as salt marsh function, dune plant diversity, and mollusk ecology. Students will be exposed to new ecosystem vocabulary and will also see many amazing shore, marine, and colonial nesting birds on their island adventure. If they are lucky, they may even see some harbor porpoises and dolphins!
I have no doubt that our field trips to Masonboro Island will provide your students with an unparalleled science enrichment experience. Please call 910-200-4002 with any questions or to book your field trip with The Cape Fear Naturalist!
Captain Joe Abbate
Program activities include:
- Coastal Plant Identification
- Shorebird Identification and Ecology
- Tidal Creek Water Quality
- Sea Shell Collecting and Identification
- Coastal marine invertebrate collecting
Trip Package include:
- All trips are led by experienced educators
- Chartered boat and Captain
- Destination is Masonboro Island, NC
- Duration of trips are three hours
- Cruise leaves from Blockade Runner Dock at Wrightsville Beach
$15 / student (groups over 20 people)
$35 / student (groups under 20 people)
Teachers are free.
$35 / person (Min 3 people)