Public Programs

CEOE's commitment to community engagement means fostering and maintaining partnerships with state officials, residents, business owners and others to identify and study issues of concern to them, then develop and implement with their full participation actions that will improve those partners’ well-being or solve problems.

Put simply, community engagement means asking members of our community what they need and helping them create it. There are many ways for you to get involved by attending events like Coast Day or volunteering to help protect Delaware’s watersheds as a citizen monitor of water quality.

Vistors at Coast Day 2019 exploring a research lab.

Coast Day


Coast Day is held annually on the first Sunday in October on the Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes. Attended by thousands annually, Coast Day introduces people to the wonders of the sea and the importance of our coastal resources. To learn more about Coast Day, check out the website.  

Learn more about Coast Day

Public tour guided by a college docent at the Hugh R. Sharp campus.

Docent Tours

The University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment (CEOE) offers free guided tours of the Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes, Del., to introduce the public to marine science and the research activities of the college. The CEOE Docents, a dedicated corps of trained volunteers, lead free public tours of the college’s research facilities at the High R. Sharp campus in Lewes. For required reservations, please call 302-645-4234 or email ceoe-tours@udel.edu. The Hugh R. Sharp Campus is located at 1044 College Drive in Lewes, DE.

Volunteer water quality testing

Volunteer Programs


If you would like to volunteer your time, energy and enthusiasm to a worthy cause, consider these programs offered by the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program (DESG). In April 1991, the University of Delaware DESG established the Citizen Monitoring Program. Through this program, volunteers help collect a broad range of water-quality data throughout Delaware's coastal watershed. To learn how to participate, contact Ed Whereat at 302-645-4252.