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….click here

2. No to Offshore Drilling and Seismic Blasting: 

3.  Yes to Solar Energy (and Wind 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.  For now we have had some success in protecting this forest, but we must watch carefully for any new plans to develop this area.

2.  The Croatan Forest.  Monitoring the Actions and Changes by the U.S. Forest Service that are announced for the Croatan National Forest, including plans for a bypass highway through the highway.


Upcoming Croatan Group Activities and Events


Feb. 13, Saturday – Mass Moral March in Raleigh.  Several members of the Croatan Group will march in support of the environment…particularly protesting Offshore Oil Drilling, fracking, and advocating FOR a strong and just NC Clean Power Plan.  Please join us.  IP&L and NAACP are sponsoring bus transportation from the New Bern/MHC area.  See below.


 moral march Feb 13 2016

Bus Transportation:  The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New Bern and the NAACP are again joining forces to get as many people as possible to this 10th anniversary of HKonJ, Moral March on Raleigh event.  Information about obtaining a ticket for bus to the event is in the forwarded email below. Flyer attached.

You can also contact me, and I will be glad to collect the ticket price of $25 in either cash or check (made out to Ilona Forgeng) and deliver your tickets. Call me at 252-626-5100,
I look forward to seeing many of you on the bus or in Raleigh, but if you can not come to this exciting event this year, consider donating the cost of a ticket for someone who can not afford it but wants to go.
Forward Together,
Michael Schachter

If you have concerns about issues relating to our Outer Banks Seashore, or would simply like to know more about this, our area’s very precious natural resource, we welcome you to this interesting talk by a guy who knows the answers.

Feb. 15, Monday – program by Pat Kenny on Cape Lookout National Seashore, dealing with environmental issues there.  Program will be at Duke University Marine Labs on Pivers Island in Morehead City.  Free, and all are welcome.
Pat Kenny Cape Lookout

March 8, Tuesday – Latham Canoe/Kayak trip.  Chris Howard, leader
April 24, Sunday – South Croatan National Forest outing.  John Fussell, leader

Recent Croatan Group Activities and Events


January Wednesdays -“The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture” study group met on Wednesdays on January 6, 13, 20, and 27, with either a day class (3-5PM) and/or an evening class (7-9PM). Using Mary Pipher’s book, we explored how we can conquer our fears about the major environmental issues we face -global climate change- and transform those fears into a positive force in our lives.

Penny Hooper (pjhooper@ec.rr.com252-729-2521)  led the group, as it discussed the “Trauma to Transcendence Cycle” in these four classes. Over 30 people attended the classes and the final covered dish get together.

Jan. 14, 2016 – Free showing of film “Merchants of Doubt” at Joslyn Hall @ Carteret Community College in Morehead City.  Meet and Greet at 6:30, film at 7:00, to 8:30 PM.  This event was in collaboration with Carteret Crossroads and NCIPL.  This is an excellent film that shows the behinds the scene work of the climate change deniers to ensure that little or no action on climate change occurs.  If you missed this showing, try to see the film if you notice that it is being shown in your area.  It is not to be missed.  It is possible we may have another opportunity to show this film.  We will post it here if it becomes available again.
merchants-of-doubtmerchants pix3

more photos of the event here


December 8, Tuesday – Croatan Group annual Potluck Christmas Party.  All invited!  6:30 to 8:30 at the Morehead City Train Depot on Arendell St.

We all had a great time, with wonderful  food, company, and fun as we celebrated the holiday season and a wonderful year for our growing Croatan group.




Sunday Nov. 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm New Bern –  a brisk 5 mile trek through a beautiful deciduous forest.

Saturday Nov. 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm New Bern –  a slow-paced, camera friendly 3 mile trek through a beautiful deciduous forest.

Sierra Club field trip with John Fussell to Rachel Carson Reserve on Sunday, November 22nd, from 2 to 5pm.

October 27 – Tuesday – Stanley Riggs Presentation.  Another wonderful and informative talk by Dr. Riggs, attended by over a hundred people.  Click on Poster below for more information:

Stanley Riggs offshore drilling final 2

October 17, 2015 – Outing to Historic Portsmouth Village.  Sierra Club field trip to the historic Portsmouth Village on the Outer Banks, within Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Portsmouth Village

September 12 – Saturday – Our chair, Michael Murdoch, led a service outing (North Topsail Beach Litter Cleanup)


September 13, Sunday –Mini-Outing, Croatan National Forest

The Sierra Club will have a mini-field trip into the southern Croatan National Forest  on Sunday, September 13

Sunday, 30 August 2014 – Mini-Outing to North Croatan National Forest

The Sierra Club sponsored a fun and educational afternoon field trip to the north Croatan



July 23 – Thursday – Screening of  The Great Invisible, a film about Offshore Drilling catastrophe.  This event was  cosponsored by Oceana, the Croatan Group, Crossroads, and Interfaith Power and Light.

June 16, Tuesday – A meeting about Offshore Drilling by Oceana, was held at the Morehead City Train Depot, at 6:00 to 8:00.  About 80 people attending



June 13 Birding Trip into North River Preserve (wetland restoration area…Sierra Club Croatan Group field trip into the N.C. Coastal Federation’s North River Preserve in “Down East” Carteret County


May 30 -Saturday –  Sierra Club field trip to Shackleford Banks within Cape Lookout National Seashore

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

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

imageHands from the water

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.

April 19 – Sunday – Sierra Club field trip to the south Croatan National Forest.

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

February 26 – Thursday – The Wildlife Around Us, a Croatan Group presentation about nature photography by Sam Bland

February 14 – Moral March In Raleigh.

January 17 –  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”.

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

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 2013 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.

This year, 2016, an important election year, we are planning to help support candidates we feel are very environmentally friendly.

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 and Dale Hocker – Political Co-Chair

Deede Miller – Program Chair

Lucy and Jim Bond – Membership co-chairs

Newsletter – Paul Benson

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