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. Resist Trump.  Push back against the administration’s anti-environment initiatives.
  2. Support/Influence Governor Roy Cooper
  3. Advance Clean Energy
  4. Coordinate when National Sierra Club will take the lead

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.   Refight Offshore Drilling.  It appears that the Trump administration will remove the ban on coastal drilling and seismic blasting.  We will work with other groups to ensure this does not happen to our coast.

2.  Protecting the Croatan Forest (and other natural areas).  Monitoring the actions and changes brought on by the U.S. Forest Service, including plans for a route 70 bypass through the forest.

3. Sea Level Rise

4.  Advance solar and wind power in our region

5. Protect NOAA and the EPA

6.  Plastics and recycling


Note:  We invite all to our “Excom Meetings” (Executive Committee Meetings).  At these meetings we conduct some of our business, talk about ongoing programs and upcoming outings and projects, and we would love to meet anyone who is interested in our group and welcome any input from interested people.  Please come.  Meetings are usually the third Thursday of the month, 6:15 to 7:45PM, at the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Building, 1600 Fisher Street,  in Morehead City.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  We are always happy to see new faces.  You do not have to be a member to attend.   The next meeting is scheduled to be held on April 20, 2017

Here is our group chair, Michael Murdoch, preparing his home grown Bogue Sound organic watermelons for the meeting, and some hard work going on scheduling future outings and programs:

 watermelon social   Outings calendar discussion


Upcoming Croatan Group Activities and Events

 There are many events coming up that relate to the new political reality we face after the recent elections.  The Sierra Club is non partisan, but works through political systems to reach goals that will be beneficial to the environment.  The following events are not all specifically Sierra Club sponsored events, but are pro environment and supported by our Croatan Group:





May 13, Saturday – Cape Lookout National Forest Hike, Shackleford Banks.  10 am to 3 pm.  Led by Wouter Ketel.  Contact:  wketel709@gmail.com.

·         Sierra Club field trip to Shackleford Banks within Cape Lookout National Seashore on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10 am to 2:30 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: $16.00 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.

Thank you!

Croatan Group
North Carolina Sierra Club
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May 20 – Saturday – Hands Across the Sand.    We will have more information about our local events in the future.    http://www.handsacrossthesand.com

Here is more information about this event:


Saturday, May 20, 2017

At the Fort Macon State Park Swimming Beach on Hwy 58, Atlantic Beach

Say No to Offshore Oil Drilling and Seismic Testing and Yes to Clean Energy!

Meet at 11:30 AM

Noon – Hold Hands for 15 Minutes at the water’s edge

BYO Picnic Lunch and Discussion to follow

Sponsored by the Croatan Group of the NC Sierra Club, NC Interfaith Power and Light, Carteret County Crossroads, and Crystal Coast Waterkeeper

Hands 2017


May 28, Sunday – Croatan National Forest, South Croatan hike.  2 to 5 pm.  Led by John Fussell.  Contact:  jofuss@ec.rr.com

 Recent Events and Outings

April 29, Saturday – People’s Climate March in New Bern
April 29 People’s Climate March in DC!   March for jobs, justice and the climate.
The Sierra Club is a sponsor of this important event.  Several members of our Croatan Group will be attending.  This will be a major event, with important messages to our elected leaders.  http://www.peoplesclimate.org
Goal:  to double the 10 NC buses that went to NYC in 2014!!  Michael Schachter is the bus captain for the buses that will leave from Morehead City and New Bern.

April 23, Sunday – Croatan National Forest Hike, South Croatan.

April 22, Saturday – Earth Day at the Olde Beaufort Farmers Market

April 22, Saturday –  March for Science – EARTH DAY.  On the National Mall in Washington D. C.

April 19, Wednesday – Program, Plastics In The Ocean film and Recycling Talk by Lisa Rider

April 15, 2017 – Earth Day at Ft. Macon State Park.

April 6, Thursday – Endangered Flora and Fauna of Croatan NF, presented by John Fussell.

Please join us on Monday, March 27th for a free lecture and presentation by Dr. Rosana Nieto Ferreira, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science at ECU.  Title: “Climate Change:  Science and Impacts in Eastern NC”.
Date:  Monday, March 27th from 7-8:30 pm (doors open at 6pm for light refreshments)
Location:  Joslyn Hall on Carteret Community College Campus, 3505 Arendell St. Morehead City, NC 28557
Please check out the flyer below and share with everyone you know.  It is important that we encourage EVERYONE to attend, not just those of us who support efforts to protect our environment and combat climate change, but to those folks who are skeptical/climate change deniers.


Group Meetings

ExCom Meetings are the third Thursday of each month starting at 6:15 pm  at  the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Center, 1600 Fisher Street in downtown Morehead City.  Classroom 2.  The meetings generally end about 7:45.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.  You do not need to be a member.  We plan our upcoming events and projects and outings,  talk about issues facing our environment, and discuss possible solutions.  You do not need to be a member to attend, and we are always happy to see new faces.



Executive Committee

Michael Murdoch – Chair
Paul Getty – Vice Chair
Courtney Mehurg – Secretary
Jimmy Bond -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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