The Sierra Club, founded by John Muir in 1892, is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. We are proud to say that the Croatan Team became an  official Group of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club in March, 2014.

The Croatan Group serves the Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow, and Pamlico counties.

Upcoming Croatan Group Activities and Events

October 26 – Paddle on Bachelor Creek.  10:00 to about 3:00.  Sponsored by our Croatan Group and the Cypress Group.  A Kayak trip along Bachelor Creek, near New Bern.


November 10 – Nature Photography Program – presented by Nathan Bacheler.  Ft. Benjamin Park, Newport.  6:30 to 8:30.  Sponsored by the Croatan Group.  More information to come.


January 16 – (NO!) Fracking Program, sponsored by the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship.  More to come later.

Recent Croatan Group Activities and Events


October 1 – Our Croatan Group hosted  a  hugely successful MEET OUR SIERRA CLUB ENDORSED CANDIDATES and fundraiser.  Four candidates for the legislature in NC, all from our local area and endorsed by the Croatan Group and the NC Chapter of the Sierra Club, came to our event in Newport, NC, and spoke to nearly 100 invitees and donors.  We raised several thousand dollars for the PAC, and had great food and wonderful weather for a very successful evening.  See below under Political action for more information.


Carr and others at Pac   Robert and Carr


September 21 – Carnivorous Plants Mini Outing in the Croatan National Forest, Sunday 2 PM.   John Fussell, area naturalist and author of A Birder’s Guide To Coast North Carolina, led the group in finding and identifying carnivorous plants and other rare savannah plants, along with many birds, on a short two or three hour walk.


September 21 – Mass Rally and March in NYC to protest Keystone XL Pipeline and other plans for dirty fossil fuels. We had several members who went to this important and exciting event.  400,000 people joined in the march, along with many events before and after.  More here.  It was sponsored by the Sierra Club, 350.org, along with many other organizations.  There were also events in almost all nations around the world.

IP&L at march                  march,drew,me Penny and Mark Hooper with IP&L marchers, and Paul Getty and his son Drew at the march.

September 20 – Saturday – Hoffman Forest Protest.  Another Hoffman Forest Protest, and we are hoping we are succeeding in halting the sale of this precious resource.    11:00 to noon at Deppe Park.  More information here.


September 15th – Sea Level Rise Presentation - Stan Riggs.  We were very fortunate to be able to present this exciting program from one of the world’s foremost experts on the huge changes expected to come to our coasts in the coming years.  Over 75 people attended the presentation.  Dr. Riggs spoke about the history of development on the NC coast, the enormous problems and costs of trying to maintain roads and bridges in the most vulnerable areas, and a new plan and way of looking at the possibilities of utilizing our vast, invaluable coastal resources.

Riggs and Murdoch

Dr. Stan Riggs and our group chair, Michael Murdoch.



August  30th – Hurricane Resilience – A great success.  Dr. Megan Mallard, from NCState, presented a talk about the predictions being made about the future of hurricanes, how they will become more intense, have 20% more rainfall, and why they will be less frequent.  Suzanne Tuttle, from IP&L, and Penny Hooper led a discussion about how our community can prepare for changing climate related issues.  Issues discussed are vital to all residents of our coast NC towns.  Click here for more info.


August 25th – Hofmann Forest Sale Protest   Several members of our Croatan Group joined in the protests to Save Hofmann Forest.  For more information on Hofmann Forest, go to:  http://savehofmannforest.org/ .  If we do not block the sale of this beautiful forest, it will be gone forever.   Several members joined in the protests.  News article and tv clip about the protest:  http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/272542101.html  For more about the protests that were held:  Click here.


August 24th – Kayaking with the Candidates A beautiful day and a great time.  Twenty-five people attended this event.  This was a great opportunity to enjoy our beautiful natural area on the river and engage our local political candidates for the NC legislature in discussion about where we need to go to improve our environment.   More info here.


July 26th  – Annual Picnic
April 24 – The State of the Honey Bee.  Presented by Tia Douglas

April 12 – Outing – Red Cockaded Woodpecker Clearing in the Croatan National Park

April 26 – Keystone XL in DC Rally.  “Reject and Protect”

May 9 – Shored Up Film at UUA Church

May 17 – Hands Across the Sand.  Ft. Macon

Hofmann Forest Presentation:  Saving Hofmann Forest.


Group Meetings

ExCom Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 pm  at  St Andrews Episcopal Church, 2005 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC
Everyone is welcome to attend and we’re always happy to see new faces!


Political Action.

The Sierra Club is somewhat unique among  environment groups in that, based on its tax status,  it can support political candidates that we find are environmentally friendly.  The Sierra Club is completely non partisan, endorsing candidates only according to their environmental record.

Our local Croatan Group of the Sierra Club has determined that several official candidates for office in the NC General Assembly are particularly worthy of support.  Our group will support them with help with organizing, help at the polls, and funds from the Sierra Club, based on a very stringent set of requirements of the Sierra Club.  We have planned several events to help these candidates organizationally and financially, and we would like all the help from people in our area that we can get.  Keep checking our website and facebook page for more information……our state suffered regrettably in many areas environmentally in the last few years, and we need to fight back!  Please join us in our campaign to change our state’s poor environmental record by helping to support these excellent candidates.


Our Croatan Group hosted  a  very successful MEET OUR SIERRA CLUB ENDORSED CANDIDATES and fundraiser on October 1, raising several thousand dollars.  We will continue to help support these candidates until the election.   See the poster below.
Here are the candidates our local Croatan Group is endorsing:

Whit Whitley

Carr Ipock

Jim Nolan

George Graham

Steve Unger

The following was the poster for our recent very successful fundraiser.  But there is a lot more work to do to help elect these candidates.


Click on poster to enlarge.


Executive Committee

Michael Murdoch – Chair
Paul Getty – Vice Chair
Courtney Mehurg – Secretary
Cindy Weeks – Treasurer
Tancred Miller – NC Chapter Representative
Jessica Lewis – Conservation Committee Chair
Penny Hooper – Political Committee Chair
Deede Miller – Program Chair
Robert Scull – At Large Member


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