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As part of our work, APNEP strives to involve citizens as one of our most vital partners in protecting the Albemarle-Pamlico region. There are many ways that people living in our region can get involved, from serving on one of our committees and teams, to volunteering with one of our partner organizations, to simply getting outside and exploring the beauty and diversity that the watershed has to offer.

APNEP Committees

APNEP's initiatives are guided by input from a diverse group of regional partners and stakeholders. Together, we work to protect and enhance one of the nation's most valuable estuaries. Our committees tackle a range of issues affecting the region, including outreach and engagement, water quality, living shorelines, submerged aquatic vegetation, invasive species, fish passage, restoration strategies, and natural resource policy. The members of all APNEP committees are passionate and knowledgable stakeholders who are engaged with the issues affecting the estuarine system. A diversity of experience, perspective, and background is welcomed. If you are interested in participating on one of our committees or Teams, please contact apnep@ncdenr.gov for more information.

Learn more about APNEP's committees

Volunteer Opportunities

Through its network of partners in the region, APNEP can connect interested individuals or groups with volunteer opportunities. Check out the map on the right to discover what organizations offer ongoing opportunities for volunteering near you! 

Interested in contributing to scientific research and environmental monitoring in our region? APNEP also maintains a list of statewide and regional citizen science programs that you can participate in.

Citizen Science Programs

Explore the Albemarle-Pamlico Region

From its headwaters and urban centers in the Raleigh-Durham metro area, to the wild and windswept beaches of the Outer Banks, the landscape of the Albemarle-Pamlico watershed encompasses diverse ecosystems and habitats. 

The best way to learn about these special places is to get outside and explore them. Paddle through pocosin wetlands where black bears thrive, climb up (and hang glide off of) massive sand dunes, walk through twisted, salt-scoured maritime forests, or boat past towering cypress trees that rise out of the tea-colored water. Watch thousands of migrating tundra swans, snow geese, and ducks settle onto a lake's surface on a cold winter morning, or fish in one of the region's wide, meandering rivers. Experience the Albemarle-Pamlico region, and learn why it is worth protecting.