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.



THE NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER PRIORITIES……..These are the issues that the NC Chapter has determined to be of greatest concern

1.  The Clean Power Plan:  that NC formulates and

adopts a strong and just Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions.   This is the number one priority for our state chapter, and for our local group.  There are several events already planned that will help us accomplish our goal.  Learn about the Clean Power Plan and why it is so important….click here.

2. No to Offshore Drilling

3. Yes to Solar Energy


THE CROATAN GROUP PRIORITIES:  Go here for a list of our local group’s priorities and explanations.  These are the issues that are very important to us, and some are local issues, some are state or regional issues, and some are national or global issues.  But all are of concern for those who want our environment to be healthy for all of us, everywhere.  There are two concerns that we have determined require our immediate and special concern: 

1.   Saving Hofmann Forest.  We must save this precious resource!  Go here for more information.

2.  The Croatan Forest.  Monitoring the Actions and Changes by the U.S. Forest Service that are announced for the Croatan National Forest. 






Upcoming Croatan Group Activities and Events



May 30 -Saturday –  Sierra Club field trip to Shackleford Banks within Cape Lookout National Seashore on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 9 am to 2 pm. Great opportunity to learn about barrier island habitats/dynamics, horse-watching, shelling and Shackleford History. The trip starts with a 20-minute ferry ride departing from the Town of Beaufort (Cost: $15.00 per adult for ferry fare plus $2.00 per person for trip expenses). On the island, participants will hike about 4 miles over easy to moderately-strenuous sandy terrain. Participants must sign a waiver. Participants should wear sturdy closed toe footwear (i.e. no flip-flops etc.), bring rain gear, sun and insect protection, water, snacks and if desired, a lunch .
· To sign up, contact Wouter Ketel at wketel@ec.rr.com; include names of participants, and ages of those under 16 years; the trip is limited to 15 persons.
· Once confirmed by email, participants will make their own ferry reservations. Instructions on how to get to Island Express Ferry Service Dock, and where to park for free will be given to participants when they sign up


June 1 – Monday – “Biofuel Energy”, a third event in the Seminar Series, Energy From the Sea.  Speaker:  Dr. Zackery Johnson, Duke University, Biological Oceanography and Biotechnology.   Scientists, industry and regulatory representatives will be sharing information and expertise on wind waves and biofuels. As in the past two years, these free events will be held at the Duke University Marine Lab Repass Center in Beaufort, NC, and begin at 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm.  Look for information soon with details on the speakers and their presentations as well as how to register.


Recent Croatan Group Activities and Events


May 24 – Sunday – Sierra Club Field Trip to South Croatan

• Sierra Club Croatan Group field trip to the south Croatan National Forest on Sunday, May24th, from 2pm to 5pm. Trip focused on special habitats (especially longleaf pine) and rare plants and animals. Many carnivorous plants are now in flower. Short, easy walks from parking sites.


Here are some photos of Hands Across the Sand at Fort Macon in Carteret County:

Big Pix 2    image


Hands from the water    image

May 16 – Hands Across the Sand.  A great and fun event!  Over a hundred people turned out and held hands on the beach on a beautiful day, telling the world that we want more clean and renewable energy, and less dirty fossil fuels.  This year we are particularly opposed to offshore drilling, and are pressing the McCrory administration to adopt and execute a strong and just Clean Power Plan for North Carolina.  The Croatan Group cosponsored, with NCIPL, this event, as we did last year.  Say NO! to filthy fuels and YES to clean renewable energy.  The event  took place at Ft. Macon in Carteret County.    After the event at the beach we moved to the Pavilion for a talk and discussion hosted  by Zachary Keith, a Sierra Club NC organizer, on what we can do next to pressure our state government to move to a cleaner energy mix and how we can work to stop the drive toward offshore drilling.  For more information about the nationwide event, go to http://www.handsacrossthesand.org.



 Photos from the field trip to Croatan National forest:

croatan with flowers    outing

April 19 – Sunday – Sierra Club field trip to the south Croatan National Forest.  2 to 5 PM.  The trip  focused on special habitats (especially longleaf pine) and rare plants and animals.  Short, easy walks from parking sites.


April 25 – Saturday – Earth Day Event at Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach, NC.

earthday 2015

February 26 – Thursday – The Wildlife Around Us, a Croatan Group presentation about nature photography by Sam Bland, at the New Bern-Craven Library (400 Johnson Street, New Bern).  More information here:

Sam Bland



February 14 – Moral March In Raleigh.  Several people from our group attended this powerful people’s march which addressed so many issues of our state, including environmental justice.  These marches have gained national recognition and are a powerful avenue to show to the power structure of NC that the people are not being well served in many issues.  The Sierra Club is well represented at these march.  Several people from the Croatan Group attended the march, most of them taking the bus that picked up people in Morehead City and New Bern.  It was great for those of us who were at the march to link up with others in the Sierra Club, and also others from other environmental organizations that are interested in many of the same issues that we are. Below are some pics from the event:

Moral March Penny, PaulMichael on bus





January 17 –  Neusiok Trail Hike. A fun six mile trail hike along the Neusiok trail that began in the Pine Cliffs Recreation Park.  About 17 people joined in.   Neusiok Trail Hike


January 16 – Keep NC Frack Free! , sponsored by the Unitarian Coastal Federaton Green Sanctuary Committee and The Croatan Group, and graciously presented by Karen Bearden and George Matthis from “Frack Free NC”.  Friday, 7 to 9 PM at the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, 1300 Arendell Street, Morehead City.  Over 60 people attended.  For more  information about FrackfreeNC:  http://frackfreenc.org/  Keep NC Frackfree

Click below for the Power Point presentation:

Frack PPT Jan 2015

And click here for the article about Keep NC Frackfree program in the Carteret County News-Times:

News Times article Fracking program



December 15 – Holiday Potluck Party.  Over 40 people enjoyed food, fellowship, and fun at the Morehead Train Depot on Monday  night.


November 10 – Nature Photography Program – Tips For a taking Better Nature Photographs. …..presented by Nathan Bacheler, research fishing biologist at NOAA lab in Beaufort.  Ft. Benjamin Park, 100 McQueen Ave., Newport.  6:30 to 8:30.  Sponsored by the Croatan Group.  6:30 meet and greet.  7:00 program begins.  Refreshments provided.  Free to the public.


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.


October 1 – Our Croatan Group hosted  a  hugely successful MEET OUR SIERRA CLUB CANDIDATES

September 21 – Carnivorous Plants Mini Outing 

September 21 – Mass Rally and March in NYC

September 20 – Saturday – Hoffman Forest Protest

September 15th – Sea Level Rise Presentation 

August  30th – Hurricane Resilience

August 25th – Hofmann Forest Sale Protest  

August 24th – Kayaking with the Candidates

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.

During this past year we endorsed several candidates for NC legislature, and supported them with several events in which we met them and gave them a chance to speak about their campaigns.  The state Sierra Club chapter helped fund those candidates that we endorsed.



Executive Committee

Michael Murdoch – Chair
Paul Getty – Vice Chair
Courtney Mehurg – Secretary
Cindy Weeks – Treasurer
Tancred Miller – NC Chapter Representative
Penny Hooper –  Conservation Chair

Michael Schachter – Political Chair

Deede Miller – Program Chair

Lucy and Jim Bond – Membership co-chairs

Robert Scull – At Large Member, and state chapter chair


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