Education and Outreach Vision: An Investment in the Future

The Center for Coastal Protection and Restoration is designed to maximize interactive learning opportunities for students, communities, professionals, and coastal leaders both on campus and across the state through virtual learning. The Center will connect people with the resources they need through the:

Education Classroom

Event Center

Community Courtyard

Production Studio Newsroom

Indoor & Outdoor Displays

Volunteer Areas

Nature Trail and Boat Access

Expanding our Impact

By December, 2030, the interactive learning opportunities at the Center   will expand the Coastal Federation’s ability to provide guidance and solutions by:

  • More than four times the annual readership of 3 million readers
  • More than double the virtual outreach through online Communications Studio videos and webinars: 50,000 people
  • More than twenty times the in-person educational programming to students and adults: 110,000 people

The campus will feature:

  • Hands-on student learning
  • Continuing education and training for professionals
  • Volunteer activities
  • Community events, open houses, and guided tours
  • Self-guided use of the Chris B. Smith Nature Trail, library, courtyard, sustainability demonstrations, and boat ramp

New Programming

The Center will allow the federation to expand existing programs and launch new programs to better serve our coastal communities. The Federation is working with partners to develop these programs now, including:

Coastal Leadership Institute

Through a new, developing partnership with Duke University, the Institute will provide ongoing training and resources to coastal community leaders on topics including hurricane resilience, storm-water and flood management, and more.


Student Education Program

Student education programs bring the N.C. Essential Science Standards to life through hands-on opportunities and remote learning via the Production Studio, with a focus on underserved youth and partners like the Boys and Girls Clubs.



On-Campus Recreation and Education Experiences

The Center’s Education Center, library, water access, outdoor classrooms, and two miles of nature trails will engage visitors through guided and self-guided programming.

Marine Science Opportunities for Students of Color

This potential new partnership aims to provide marine studies education opportunities to students of color alongside existing coastal facilities for N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, and Duke.


Continuing Education Program

Professional training on topics including living shoreline installation, sustainable development, watershed planning, and flooding and stormwater management providing solutions to professionals and communities coastwide.

Supported by the News Room and Production Studio, the federation’s award-winning online news service will continue to deliver the news of the coast to a rapidly-growing readership from Washington, DC to Atlanta.

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