Founded in 2003, the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute (UNC-CSI) is an inter-university marine science research and education institute located on Roanoke Island, North Carolina. The campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and sound ecosystems. While the institute emphasizes northeastern North Carolina in its outreach and educational programs, its scope also encompasses all of the eastern coast of the United States and the mid-Atlantic. Research at UNC-CSI covers a broad range of pressing environmental concerns faced by coastal North Carolina and the delicate ecosystems that are present. By bringing together skilled professionals, scientists, academics, and locals to the North Carolina coast, UNC-CSI can provide unbiased research to decision makers of the area, resource managers, and the public. The K-12 programs and camps offered at UNC CSI align with NC Essential Standards and utilize the research of the faculty and scientists of the Institute to provide students with a unique, engaging experience that will make scientific concepts relevant.