PINE KNOLL SHORES | As part of its efforts to improve habitat and water quality of the coast, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to construct oyster reefs in estuaries throughout the state.

Area residents are invited to help.

On June 1 and June 15, the Coastal Federation will work with Sound to Sea-Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores to build an oyster reef out of recycled oyster shell. The reef will protect the shoreline from erosion and create valuable habitat for hundreds of marine species.

The activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Volunteers should meet at the Sound to Sea-Trinity Center and park by the Point of Arrival before being directed to the shoreline. Dress appropriately in clothes that may get wet and dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required. Peanut butter sandwich fixings, snacks and water will be provided.

This event is weather dependent and is most appropriate for adults and children over the age of 12. Register online at or call 252-393-8185.