Next Generation


Welcome to the Next Generation Club!

The Next Generation Club is open to children 18 and under who are eager to learn and become a leader within the Bald Head Island community. Joining the Next Generation Club is the first step in living out the mission of BHIC. The Club is designed to immerse your child into an environmental learning experience and teach them how they can make a difference, starting in their own home. Club members will receive a checklist of activities to keep track of their stewardship of the environment. We’d love to keep track of your progress. If you check off an item on your list, please let us know!

When you join the Next Generation Club, you will receive our new signature Bald Head Island Conservancy bracelet, the Next Generation bracelet. Wear this bracelet as a reminder of the mission and vision of the BHI Conservancy, and let it inspire those around you to make a difference within their own homes and communities.

The Next Generation Club Member of the Month will be featured in a monthly newsletter and on social media. To be featured, please email a description and picture of the club member to

Please note: We have sold out of our 2022 Next Generation Bracelets, though we can send you our 2021 bracelet!


Please send all questions about the Next Generation Club to


Educational Resources

Why Waste Minimization is Important: Did you know that Americans make up 5% of the world’s population but creates 30% of the world’s garbage? [1] With the rate at which we consume and throw things away, it’s no wonder how the United States fills up roughly 18,433,779,281 cubic feet of trash in landfills per year and why we are experiencing trash-littered beaches from the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean. [2] In its current state, our throw-away society contributes to the seemingly never-ending waste problem. Our consumption of goods is a function of our society and inevitably can’t be avoided; however, there are many ways you can help minimize your waste output and be a part of the solution.

REDUCE  By minimizing your use of single-use plastics and encouraging those around you to do the same, you will be helping to significantly reduce the amount of trash filling up our landfills and oceans.

REUSE  Have you been dying to try out refurbishing old furniture like on those design shows or creating a Pinterest-worthy do-it-yourself project? Well get started! Reusing and repurposing old furniture and materials not only is creative and decorative but is beneficial for the environment and reduces the amount of waste being put in landfills.

RECYCLE  Recycling is one of the simplest ways to get involved with sustainability. As a general rule of thumb, cardboard, paper, food boxes, mail, beverage cans, food cans, glass bottles, jars (glass & plastic), jugs, and plastic bottles & caps can all be recycled. When recycling, make sure all items are free of food and liquids. Plastic bags, electronics, clothes, compact fluorescent light bulbs, batteries and so much more can also be recycled, but not in curbside bins.

Check out the I Want To Be… page for recycling rules and restrictions in your area and for locations to drop off non-curbside recyclable items.

  • Dunes
  • Salt Marsh
  • Maritime Forest
  • Freshwater

  • Deer
  • Lizards
  • Snakes
  • Alligators

  • See the Sea
  • Gracie Green Turtle Finds Her Beach
  • Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends
  • Insiders Oceans
  • Shelly the Sea Turtle
  • The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson


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