After a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County (CYP)’s KidsFest has returned in 2021! This year’s iteration of the event, advertised as Kidsfest Adventure, will be a self-guided activity hunt taking place from May 7-17 all around the Outer Banks.

As in previous years, CSI is excited to participate in the fun by offering the “CSI Coastal Crawl”. KidsFest Adventurers will scan a QR code posted at the Research, Education & Administration Building on the ECU Outer Banks Campus to gain access to a secret webpage just for the event. The page includes a list of things to see and find on campus, along with brief descriptions, videos, and questions for discussion. A full virtual campus tour will also be available, and participants can choose a prize if they visit during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm).

Many other local organizations from Duck to Manteo to Buxton will also be offering activities. For the most up-to-date information and daily highlights, be sure to check the CYP Facebook page during the event. Finally, don’t forget to tag CYP and CSI on social media to share your fun with us!

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.


Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T University.


ECU's Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU's Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.


The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


Tour the ECU Outer Banks Campus and learn about the research, education, and engagement projects of CSI and ECU Integrated Coastal Programs through our 360 virtual tour.


The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.