Evening in the Estuary will be held in the evening on July 27, August 24, and September 14 from 4 PM to about 6 PM. These programs will include a boat ride through the Croatan Sound to a marsh island to wade the shallow waters, survey the sandy shores, and explore the grassy uplands. Participants will learn about estuarine biology and ecology, investigate plant and animal adaptations, seine for critters, and more. These programs are open to the public and are suitable for elementary and middle school-aged children accompanied by their adult(s).Weather Policy: Evening in the Estuary is a weather dependent program. In the event of inclement weather, including thunderstorms and high winds, family friendly back-up activities are slotted to replace the on-the-water program. What to Wear: Participants should come prepared to be outside and get wet. A bathing suit, towel, and sun protection are recommended. All participants must wear closed-toed shoes to participate.

Thursday, October 12, 2023, Coastal Studies Institute
Wednesday, November 1, 2023, Coastal Studies Institute
Join us for an educational evening and tasting event focused on North Carolina oysters. This event will take place at the NC Coastal Federation Office in Wanchese and at the Coastal Studies Institute on the ECU Outer Banks Campus. Program participants will tour the NC Coastal Federation's demonstration oyster farm while hearing about the statewide oyster blueprint and speaking with local oyster farmers. Back at the Coastal Studies Institute, guests will sample a variety of locally sourced wild and farm-raised oysters provided by Cousins Oysters. During the evening, CSI/ECU scientists will share their research on oyster farms and guests will interact with a panel of industry experts about the future of oysters and oyster farming in North Carolina. Cost $135 per person and includes raw and roasted oysters with creative toppings and accompaniments paired with a selection of beverages, including wine and beer.

Friday, October 27, 2023, Coastal Studies Institute
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, the Coastal Kingdoms camp is for you.

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What is the Graveyard of the Atlantic? Why are there so many shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast? Are you curious about the documentation and preservation of maritime relics? If these questions pique your interest, then dive on in with us!

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Ready to explore the intersection of art and science? Eager to refine your artistic skills while learning about the beauty that exists in our coastal environment? Want to try your hand at something new? Sign up for Shapes in Science to get those creative juices flowing!

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What drives currents and waves off our coast? What's happening on the seafloor and in the water column? Why do shorelines transform? How can we protect our coastal communities from stronger storms and rising seas? Find all the answers when you participate in our Sustainable Seas camp!

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