The Coastal Studies Institute is excited to host a myriad of programs and events for all ages this year.

We hope you’ll make a visit to the ECU Outer Banks Campus a part of your plans in 2024!


Guided tours of our Research & Education building occur from 1-2 PM on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. The cost to participate is $5 per person, and preregistration is required.

We are now accepting reservations for the following tour dates: January 10January 24, February 14, February 28, March 13, and March 27.

For more information and to sign up, please visit

Science on the Sound

This lecture series highlights information, research projects, and education programs on coastal topics and issues of concern for coastal communities. The series is held monthly, September- May, at the Coastal Studies Institute, and it is also live-streamed to our YouTube channel and archived for later viewing. All presentations are free, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

January 18: Dr. Rosanna Ferreira, East Carolina University- Dept. of Geography, Planning, & Environment;  Navigating Climate Change: Science, Prediction and Extremes

February 15: Dr. James Ferry, Pennsylvania State University; Underground Life in the Salt Marsh

March 21: Erin Fleckenstein, NC Coastal Federation; Topic- North Carolina’s Oyster Blueprint

April 25: David Glenn, NOAA National Weather Service; Topic- to be determined

May 23: Dr. Alex Hodges, East Carolina University- Dept. of Advanced Nursing Practice & Education; Climate Readiness is Key

Summer Camps

CSI Summer Camps are week-long day camps for children ages 10-15. The cost to participate is $375 per child, per session.

March 1: Registration opens at 9 AM.

June 10-14: Sustainable Seas Camp

June 17- 21: Shapes in Science Camp

June 24-28: Coastal Kingdoms Camp

July 8- 12: Legends of the Atlantic Camp

July 15-19: Sustainable Seas Camp

July 22- 26: Shapes in Science Camp

July 29- August 2: Coastal Kingdoms Camp

August 5- 9: Legends of the Atlantic Camp



For more information about CSI summer camps and each session, please visit

Special Events and Programming

January 24: North Carolina Renewable Energy Challenge Informational Webinar.

Students (in grades 4-12), parents, and teachers interested in the North Carolina Renewable Energy Challenge are encouraged to attend and come with questions! This meeting will be held virtually from 4-5 PM to recruit teams for the Challenge in March. To register for the webinar, please visit HERE.

March 23: North Carolina Renewable Energy Challenge

This event is a competition in which students in grades 4-12 design, build, and test renewable energy devices and then compete with their peers to create the most efficient design to harness the power of wind or ocean currents. The challenge includes both wind turbine and underwater current turbine divisions. It is the goal of the competition to foster student interest in these emerging renewable energy fields and inspire the next generation of engineers and renewable energy developers. More information can be found HERE. 

April 20: ECU Outer Banks Campus Annual Open House

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. Attendees will be able to tour the campus, grounds, and facilities, learn about current research and education programs, take part in family-friendly activities, and interact with faculty and staff from ECU, CSI, and our partners.

May 24: Soundside Science Scouts

This new, single-day camp will be for children ages 7-9 and will blend CSI’s four summer camp themes into one exciting day. Participants will view coastal ecology, maritime heritage, and renewable energy through the lens of positive environmental stewardship by exploring ideas of habitat, ecosystem, and the beauty of the world around them. A keepsake craft will also be incorporated into the day. The program will be held from 9 AM- 3:30 PM at CSI, and we can accept up to 16 individuals. The fee for this program is $75. More details and registration are forthcoming.

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.