MARSH or the Marvin Area for the Restoration and Sustainability of wildlife Habitat is an organization affiliated with the Village of Marvin that seeks to educate and engage our community about the importance and benefits of restoring, protecting and conserving our wildlife and natural habitat.
MARSH was established as a chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation in 2019 and successfully achieved our first major goal to certify the Village of Marvin as a Wildlife Habitat within a year! We’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished in a short time, which also includes many educational programs, hosting a garden tour, and developing a grant program to support classroom teachers in educating the next generation about the importance of sustainable wildlife practices.
Get Involved with MARSH
There are many ways to become more engaged with MARSH. Whether you have just a little time or a lot, we invite anyone who cares about wildlife and our natural habitat to get more involved with MARSH.
Follow our social media channels to stay up to date on our activities and learn more about supporting wildlife in your yard. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Not on social? Join our mailing list by sending a message to MARSH4Wildlife@gmail.com.
MARSH Facebook | MARSH Instagram | MARSH YouTube | Join Our Mailing List
Join the hundreds of Marvin residents who have already committed to making their yards Certified Wildlife Habitats. It’s easier than you may think; you may have already met most of the criteria. When you certify, be sure to choose MARSH as your local chapter.
Learn More About Certified Wildlife Habitats
Volunteer your time to make MARSH even stronger. Whether you have just a little time to give or a lot, you can be a part of MARSH. We are always looking for new members to join our team and help make a difference right here in Marvin. Future goals include more hands-on educational programs for families.
Email MARSH to Volunteer
Attend our informative programs, which we’ve hosted in-person previously and more recently on Zoom. Engaging guest speakers have taught the Marvin community about good and bad snakes, how to compost, coexisting with coyotes, native plants, attracting birds to the garden and more. We post upcoming events on Facebook and recorded discussions are on YouTube. Our Calendar is also listed below.
2021 MARSH Speaker Series
All programs are scheduled from 6:30pm-7:30pm via Zoom until further notice. All MARSH Zoom Events require registration.
February 23 - "How to Create a Wildlife Habitat and Why it’s Important" with Debbie Foster, Habitat Steward and Central Carolina Master Naturalist
March 23 - "Bringing Birds to your Yard" with Carol Buie-Jackson, owner of Wildology, NCWF Board Member
April 27 - "Attracting Pollinators to your Yard" with Annie Howell, Union County Master Gardener
May 25 - "Oh Deer! I Built a Wildlife Habitat and now the Wildlife is Destroying my Garden…Now What?" with Rupert Medford, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, District Wildlife Biologist
September 28 - "Trees: The Lungs of the World or Why Trees are Such an Important Part of the Landscape" with David Cable, Board of Directors, NC Wildlife Federation
October 26 - "Everything You Always Wondered About Bats" with Alison Medford, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, District Wildlife Biologist
November 22 - "Union County Water 101" with Breanna Walker, Union County Soil and Water District Educator
Whether in-person or virtually through Zoom, the COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped us from providing learning opportunities to the public. Pictured: (Pre-COVID) Presentation on Coyotes (Left), Zoom Presentation on Native Plants (Right)
Partnership with the Union County Education Foundation
In 2021, MARSH has partnered with the Union County Education Foundation to contribute to environmentally-focused GROW Grants. GROW Grants are $5,000 grants awarded to ingenuitive educators that seek to make an impact on students with a value larger than the funds awarded.
The Union County Education Foundation (UCEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who's mission is to support students and encourage educators through college scholarship programs for students and LIFT grants for classroom teachers. For more information on UCEF, please visit their website linked below.
Union County Education Foundation Website
To contact MARSH, please email MARSH at MARSH4Wildlife@gmail.com