The Coastal Ecosystems Learning Centers (CELC) network works across institutions to better engage the public in understanding, appreciating, and protecting marine and freshwater ecosystems. As outlined in the CELC Strategic Plan, the network’s objectives are: 

  1. Improve ocean and climate literacy among our audiences.
  2. Foster our audiences’ connections with their local environment and encourage stewardship behaviors.
  3. Advance diversity, equity, access, and inclusion within our network
  4. Establish and support a community of practice with emphasis on cross-institution communication, coordination, and professional development. 

To meet these goals, the network focuses on a variety of initiatives:

Overall, the CELC network is continuously working to evaluate progress, share resources, and strengthen capacity.