Eco-adventurers can join the Lady Swan Boat Tours in Swansboro on a cruise through the tidal marshes and sound to learn how to protect and restore coastal resources.
The cruise for all ages is offered every Saturday and Sunday morning starting this weekend until Oct. 31. A portion of the $35 fee will go to the North Carolina Coastal Federation.
The tours are aboard the Carolina Swan, a 27-foot, flat-bottom skiff, through the estuaries in and around the White Oak River and Bogue Sound, including Huggins and Bear islands.
Groups will explore this unique ecosystem and its rich biodiversity, above and below the water. Activities include, but are not limited to, shelling, species sampling and identification, hunting for shark’s teeth, and pulling crab pots.
“We are so excited to partner with Lady Swan Tours for these new Eco-Adventure cruises.” Rachel Bisesi, a coastal education coordinator with the federation, said in a statement. “Cruise leader, Michael Diehl, is very knowledgeable about our coastal resources and makes this a fun adventure for everyone.”
The boat will depart leave at 9:30 a.m. from the Fish House Docks in historic downtown Swansboro. Participants should bring along cold beverages, a snack and to dress appropriately for getting wet and possibly muddy.
“We’re beyond honored that Lady Swan Tours chose to benefit the federation by sharing a portion of their profits with us, and look forward to working with them for years to come,” Bisesi added.
To register, visit ladyswantours.com, and select “Book Now” then “Birding Cruise on the Lady Swan.” Call Lady Swan Tours at 910-325-1200 for help with registration. There is a maximum of 12 participants.