Bald Head Island Conservancy

The Bald Head Island Conservancy is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1983. The Conservancy’s mission is barrier island conservation, preservation, and education. It is located in a unique area with in the Smith Island Complex which includes Bald Head, Middle and Bluff Islands, all of which are bounded by the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Conservancy sponsors and facilitates scientific research that benefits coastal communities and provides numerous recreational and educational activities to the public.  In coordination with various organizations, partnerships, and collaborations, the Conservancy has led the nation in conservation and research efforts and is uniquely poised to become a leader in Barrier Island Conservation worldwide.

The Conservancy provides numerous activities for maintaining and helping support the natural habitat and wildlife of the coastal area. They provide children’s camps, turtle walks, island nature tours, fishing schools, ride-along programs, semester abroad programs and the sea turtle protection program.  They also offer touch tank times for children and free movies about the local wildlife, including sea turtles.

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