Summer Camps

STEAM Summer Experiences

In-Person Day Camps

*Summer 2022 plans are currently in the works. Please check back for more information soon.*

In 2021, CSI held 4 weeks of camp, beginning on July 12 and running through August 6. Our summer camps focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts and utilize hands-on experiences and exploration of the great outdoor spaces of the Outer Banks. We offered two themes and alternated weeks. The camp cost was $285, and we accepted up to 13 campers per week.

Please note, due to program constraints at this time, we are currently unable to take campers outside of the specified age range. Thank you for your understanding. Contact Parker Kellam or call 252-475-5452 for questions.

Coastal Marine Biology & Ecology Camp
Offered July 12-16 and July 26-30, 2021.

Have you ever wondered why some organisms live where they do? Or are you curious about what purpose some species serve? If you answered “YES!” to either of these questions, Coastal Marine Biology and Ecology camp is for you. During this week-long daytime program, campers will learn about the make-up of coastal habitats and the animals that call them home through hands-on labs and field trips as well as fun sessions with local marine biologists and ecologists. Coastal Marine Biology and Ecology is a great way to experience our beautiful coastal ecosystems and understand why they are so important. The camp is open to those 10-15* years of age. Each day will begin at CSI at 9 AM and will end at 3:30 PM.  

Coastal Marine Biology & Ecology Camps are now FULL.
Oceanography & Marine Science Technology Camp 
Offered July 19-23 and August 2-6, 2021.

What drives currents and waves off our coast?  What’s happening on the seafloor and in the water column? Why do shorelines transform? Why are so many shipwrecks off our coast? Find all the answers when you participate in Oceanography & Marine Science Technology Camp! In this week-long daytime program, campers will learn about oceanographic and coastal processes through the lens of technology and interact with scientists who use the tools daily.  Activities for this program will include remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and renewable energy device building & testing, drone programming & flying, underwater glider contests, trying on dive gear, and so much more!  The camp is open to those 10-15* years of age. Each day will begin at CSI at 9 AM and will end at 3:30 PM. 

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.




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The Coastal Studies Institute
850 NC 345
Wanchese, NC 27981


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