StriperFest Education Day & Boat Trips

Join on the FUN at our annual StriperFest Education Day at the Coastline Convention Center in January of 2019. Education is an important component of successful fishery restoration and our fun activities focus on the Cape Fear River’s  anadromous fish and the importance of restoration.

2018 Schedule – 2019 Schedule TBA
All Activities are at the Coastline Convention Center
501 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC

River Science Forum ~Riverview Terrace Room
9:00am: Introduction by Frank Yelverton, Executive Director, Cape Fear River Watch
9:05: The Environmental Justice Issue of Fish Consumption on the NE Cape Fear
River by Kay Lynn Hernandez. Kay Lynn is the Education Manager for Cape Fear River
9:30: Update on Cape Fear River Partnership and Fish Passage by Dawn York and
Frank Yelverton. Dawn is a Coastal Scientist/Project Manager, Dial Cordy and
Associates Inc.
10:00: Emerging Contaminates in the Cape Fear River by Dr. Detlef Knappe. Dr.
Knappe is a Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State
10:25 – 10:40: Questions and Answers

River Cruises on the Cape Fear with Wilmington Water Tours 
10am, 11:30am, 12:30pm & 1:30pm
$5/person, $20/family

Family Activities  – Rooms A, B & C, 11:00am – 2:00pm
This year’s event is action packed with some seriously scientific fun:
• What are anadromous fish?
• Rock Arch Rapids Model
• Fish Migration Puppet Show
• Fish Anatomy, Prints, Games, and Puzzles
• Microscopes- Observe/Identify Organisms
• Learn to Cast
• How and Why Fish are Tagged
• Invertebrate Water Quality Indicators
• Face Painting ($1 or Donation)

We are looking for vendors for family friendly educational vendors for next year. If you are interested email


This event is made possible through the experience and passion of volunteers and interns on the Cape Fear River Watch Education Committee. If you are interested in volunteering for StriperFest 2018 Education Day please email KayLynn Plummer at