Upcoming Events

Visit the ECU Outer Banks Campus!

The Coastal Studies Institute and ECU Outer Banks Campus host a variety of monthly, seasonal, and annual events and programs.

Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date list of upcoming events. Last updated June 12, 2024.

Monthly Events

GUIDED TOURS are offered on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Pre-registration is required.


  • June 12 & 26
  • July 10 & 24
  • August 14 & 28
  • September 11 & 25

SCIENCE ON THE SOUND occurs every third Thursday of the month, Sept- May. Pre-registration is not required, and the program is free to attend.

    FAMILY PROGRAMS are educational opportunities for elementary school-aged children and their accompanying adult(s). These events are offered 1-2 times per month, and the content changes seasonally. Each program incorporates fun, hands-on activities for experiential learning.


    • June 13- Coastal Cultivators
    • July 18- Evening in the Estuary
    • August 22- Evening in the Estuary
    • September 19- Evening in the Estuary
    Summer Camps

    Our summer camps are for students ages 10-15 years old and 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. 

    2024 Summer Camps will run the weeks of June 10- August 9, excluding the week of July 4. Each week of camp features a particular theme and runs Monday-Friday, 9 AM- 3:30 PM.  The registration fee for each week is $375 per individual.

    Seats are still available for Sustainable Seas, an oceanography and coastal engineering camp, offered the weeks of June 10-14 and July 15-19. Students may request to be added to the waitlist for other camp sessions.

    Soundside Science Scouts

    Because of the great success with the initial program, the Coastal Studies Institute plans to host mini-camp programs throughout the year. While programming for future Soundside Science Scouts is in the works, CSI has already set dates for the 2024-2025 school year. They are as follows:

    • Monday, November 11
    • Monday, Feb 10
    • Friday, March 14
    • Friday, April 25

    These programs will take place from 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM each day, and will be open to students ages 7 to 9. More details about themes and registration are coming soon!

    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.  Click on the links below for more information.




    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.