Assateague Coastal Trust, Inc. (Berlin, MD)


  • Name:Steve Farr
  • Title:Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Assateague Coastal Trust, Inc.
  • Address:P.O. Box 731
    Berlin, MD 21811
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:410-629-1538

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  • Mission:
  • The Assateague Coastal Trust’s mission is to promote and encourage the protection of the health, productivity, and sustainability of the coastal bays watershed of Delmarva through advocacy, education and conservation.

  • Overview:
  • The Coastal Bays stretch along the Atlantic seacoast from southern Delaware to the northern part of Virginia’s eastern shore, lying between the mainland and the barrier islands of Ocean City and Assateague. These five shallow inland bays are ecologically productive and have traditionally supported vibrant recreational and commercial fishing industries and a robust tourism economy. Long treasured for their aesthetic and economic value, the bays are threatened by pollution from land use in the watershed. Runoff to the bays carries heavy nutrient loads and chemical contaminants from farmland, municipalities and residential developments. The looming threat of offshore oil and gas development casts a fresh shadow of environmental calamity on this fragile ecosystem.

    ACT has three major programs designed to protect this coastal watershed through advocacy, education and conservation.

    Assateague Coastkeeper
    The Assateague Coastkeeper is the region's public advocate for protecting the bays for the people, plants and animals who rely on clean and safe water.

    The Coastkeeper is an on-the-water monitor who patrols the watershed by boat in search of evidence of pollution or other water quality problems. The Coastkeeper also reaches out to and engages citizens to provide additional eyes, ears and even noses to identify and report pollution sources.

    The Coastkeeper is an on-the-ground educator who informs landowners, farmers, boaters and citizens about environmentally-friendly practices they can employ to prevent adverse impacts on the land and waters. Whether its teaching about natural shorelines or native plant buffers, the Coastkeeper works with the community to help them help themselves.

    Most importantly, the Coastkeeper is an in-the trenches advocate for the health of the coastal bays and the communities who depend on them. Whether its making sure existing laws to protect water quality are fully enforced, or pressing for the enactment of stronger measures to safeguard our marshes, creeks and bays, the Coastkeeper will stand up to polluters to hold them accountable for their actions or inaction.

    Coast Kids
    The Coast Kids year-round membership program offers children ages 4-14 years old the opportunity to participate in outings around Delmarva to directly experience our local natural wonders, learn about the region’s land and waterscapes and engage in fun, educational activities. The Nature Explorers Summer Enrichment Program offers a similar set of experiences provided in a series of two four-day week summer sessions. Locations for both programs are spread throughout the Lower Shore and feature activities ranging from crabbing to kayaking to studying local critters and their habitats.

    The Coast Kids program educates children about our local environmental wonders and challenges, increasing participation, awareness and environmental stewardship among children and their families. Enjoying the outdoors not only leads to greater stewardship of the environment, but also improved mental and physical health for children, for example resulting in a lower incidence of depression, obesity, diabetes, and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and a higher tendency for children to be curious, able to think critically, and generally successful in school.

    Grow Berlin Green
    Grow Berlin Green (GBG) is a campaign to establish ACT’s home town of Berlin, MD as a model community for participatory environmental protection, conservation and smart growth policy and practice. While Berlin lies several miles inland, its activities often have downstream impact on the coastal bays and ocean. The objectives of the campaign are to:
    -Educate and engage citizens and public officials in Berlin and the surrounding area on environmental protection. conservation, and smart growth issues, activities and policies.
    -Promote and facilitate community action to achieve measurable impact on a range of environmental and conservation priorities, including water resources management and conservation (e.g., stormwater management), energy conservation, waste reduction/recycling, and smart growth development.
    -Build broad-based community capacity for a sustainable movement to protect, promote and enhance the environmental quality of the Berlin area.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1970 as the Committee to Preserve Assateague Island, Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) is the oldest environmental education and advocacy organization on the Delmarva Peninsula. Concerned about a provision in federal legislation which would have created acres of development on the pristine barrier island, the Committee convinced Congress to eliminate that provision, preserving the island’s natural character.

    Over the past 45 years, ACT has stayed true to its education and advocacy mission, though its membership has grown and its vision has expanded. Now it works to protect not only Assateague Island but the entire Coastal Bays watershed.

    In 2002, ACT bolstered its advocacy and water quality protection capacity by launching the Assateague Coastkeeper program as an affiliate of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. In addition to safeguarding the local watershed, the Coastkeeper has become a leader of the Chesapeake region's group of waterkeepers, culminating in the establishment of Waterkeepers Chesapeake in 2013 to coordinate and collaborate on shared issues and opportunities.

    In 2003, ACT established the Coast Kids program to educate and engage the next generation of environmental stewards through monthly outdoor excursions to explore the watershed and learn about its treasures and challenges. In 2012, Coast Kids added a school- and community-based component to reach a broader audience. In 2014, the program added the Nature Explorers Summer Enrichment Program.

    ACT started the Grow Berlin Green initiative in 2009 as a partnership with two other local nonprofits (Lower Shore Land Trust and Maryland Coastal Bays Program) and the Town of Berlin, Maryland. Largely as a result of our efforts, Berlin was the first municipality in the state to qualify as a Sustainable Maryland Certified community in 2012.

  • Year established:1970
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:5


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:52-1250849

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:521250849
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 731
  • Organization City:BERLIN
  • Organization State:MD
  • Organization Zip:21811-0731
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1982
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):354, 350, 123
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Preservation of scenic beauty, Preservation of natural resources (conservation), Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C30Z
  • Asset Amount:$293,324
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$233,254
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$233,254
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 9:02:05 pm

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