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The Coastal Environmental Education Network

What is the Coastal Environmental Education Network?

The Coastal Environmental Education Network (CEEN) is a coalition of environmental education organizations and professionals that provide programming to a variety of audiences in northeastern North Carolina.  It is CEEN's mission to "Create a sense of value for the natural and cultural resources of northeastern North Carolina through partnership and networking."  With over 30 member organizations, CEEN's membership represents a variety of state, federal, university and non-profit organizations.

CEEN Membership

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Audiences Served: General Public, Ages 2-4, 4-7, 7-13, 14+ and school groups K-12 students
Programs Offered: Indoor and Outdoor Activities, Lectures and Field Outings (kayak, photography, fishing, birding and nature journaling)
Contact: Karen Clark, Program Coordinator, 252-453-0221,

NC Coastal Federation
Audiences Served: General public, K-12 students, professionals
Programs Offered: Field-based activities, classroom programs, Outreach programs
Contact: Sara Jean Hallas, Outreach Specialist, 252-473-1607,

Dare County Soil and Water Conservation District
Audiences Served: General Public, K-12 Students and Teachers, Professionals
Programs Offered:  Teacher-led activities, professional workshops
Contact: Vonnie Wescott, Community Conservationist, 252-475-5853,

North Carolina Sea Grant
Audiences Served: Classroom teachers, home school teachers, non-formal educators
Programs offered: Teacher in-service, training in marine/ocean sciences
Contact: Terri Kirby Hathaway, Marine Education Specialist, 252-475-3663,

Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Located in Nags Head, it is one of the most significant landmarks on the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Always changing, always beautiful… the Friends of Jockey's Ridge State Park invite you to visit and explore.
Audiences Served: K-12, general public, teachers, professionals and private organizations
Programs offered: field based, outreach, classroom (presentations), Environmental Educational Learning Experiences (for professionals and teachers)
Contact: Ann Wunderly, Park Ranger, 252-441-7132
Justin Barnes, Park Ranger, 252-441-7132

Red Wolf Recovery Program, USFWS
The Red Wolf Recovery Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, located in northeastern North Carolina, manages the world’s only wild red wolf (Canis rufus) population.
Audiences Served: General public, professionals, community and private organizations, teachers, landowners, outfitters, and other captive facilities
Programs offered: Teacher-in-service, field-based and outreach
Contact: Diane Hendry, Outreach Coordinator, Red Wolf Recovery Program 252-473-1131 Ext. 246

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Albemarle Ecological Field Site:
This site offers college-level courses and field experiences in sustainable coastal communities, estuarine ecology and coastal law & policy for students.
Programs offered/Audiences Served: Serves UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates who are environmental studies majors.
Contact: Robert Perry, Director, 252-305-4569

The Nature Conservancy- Outer Banks Office at Nags Head Woods Preserve
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) manages the 1,200 acres of maritime forest, known as Nags Head Woods, one of the few remaining natural areas on the Outer Banks located in the towns of Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, NC.   Because the forest contains many outstanding examples of natural and cultural history, only specified educational and conservation-oriented activities are allowed. 
Audiences Served: General public
Programs offered: Self guided hiking offered every day dawn to dusk year round with no fee; seasonal guided hikes as scheduled, seasonal bow hunting, restoration
Contact: Aaron McCall, Northeast Regional Steward, 252-441-2525 ext 27;
Jennifer Gilbreath, Office Manager, 252-441-2525 ext 24


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UNC Coastal Studies Institute
UNC Coastal Studies Institute
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981 tel. 252-475-5400 fax 252- 475-3545