The community role of the Coastal Studies Institute is considered critical to its identity. UNC-CSI will endeavor to be a valued member of the northeastern North Carolina community, one that local residents and government agency officials can call upon as a resource for technical and scientific expertise. UNC-CSI also works with the local communties on special projects, efforts on agri- and ecotourism, sustainable community design and land use planning.
UNC-CSI will offer a varied set of programs and resources to increase the knowledge and appreciation of coast and ocean ecosystems among K-12 students, retirees, tourists and citizen groups.
Bowsertown Landfill Reclamation: A community project that focuses on the reclamation of a former landfill and tranfer station for community use. This site began as a waste disposal site in the early 1960s, became a transfer station for construction and demolition debris, and was permanently dismantled in 2007. The planning and funding for this project continues to move forward. This reclamation project is a collaborative effort with the Manteo Rotary Club, Dare County, the community and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute. >>MORE INFORMATION
School Outreach: The UNC Coastal Studies Institute is committed to providing marine science programming and curriculum as it relates to our reseach areas. While the institute emphasizes northeastern North Carolina in its outreach and education programs, its research draws on the resources of the entire region and encompasses all of the mid-Atlantic and southeastern coast of the United States. It is the mission of UNC CSI to educate students about the research being conducted. Our four program areas encompass a wide variety of topics that can be alligned with NC Standards of Learning. >>MORE INFORMATION