N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve

COVID-19 Visitor Guidance

While all reserve sites remain open, the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Reserve reminds visitors that mass gatherings that bring together more than 200 persons outdoors at a time are prohibited in accordance with Executive Order 209. To ensure health and safety, visitors are strongly advised to take the following steps to reduce transmission while visiting a reserve site:
  1. Postpone your visit if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. Maintain at least six feet social distancing from other individuals outside your household.
  3. Although not required, wear a cloth face covering outdoors if you are not fully vaccinated when you cannot maintain at least six feet distancing from non-household members.
  4. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit.
  5. Touch as few surfaces as possible.
  6. Do not share personal items, including phones, cameras, water bottles, and recreational equipment.

The Reserve will continue to monitor state and local COVID-19 guidelines and directives and encourage visitors to follow guidance to protect themselves and their communities. (Updated April 30, 2021).

The N.C. Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve is a program of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, a division of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. The N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve is managed through a federal-state partnership between NOAA and the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. The Reserve is a network of 10 protected sites established for long-term research, education and stewardship. This program protects more than 44,000 acres of estuarine land and water, which provides essential habitat for wildlife; offers educational opportunities for students, teachers and the public; and serves as living laboratories for scientists.

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Reserve sites

Protecting more than 44,000 acres of estuarine habitat for research, education, and stewardship.

Learn more about the 10 Reserve sites

N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve • 101 Pivers Island Road • Beaufort, NC 28516 • 252-838-0883

 

The N.C. Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve is a program of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, a division of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. The N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve is managed through a federal-state partnership between NOAA and the N.C. Division of Coastal Management.