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The East Carolina Biodiversity Initiative (formerly the “Center for Biodiversity”) promotes and supports research, education, and outreach associated with global biodiversity. The East Carolina Biodiversity Initiative serves the community of eastern North Carolina by providing educational programs designed to engage citizens in issues related to the conservation of biodiversity and its relevance to human health and quality of life.    

Upcoming Events

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Reptile and Amphibian Day
The NC Museum of Natural Science will host the 24th annual Reptile and Amphibian Day on Saturday, March 17th, and the Biodiversity Initiative and ECU Department of Biology will be there - come and join us! This year’s theme is Lizards.

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A Time for Science Expo
Join us in Uptown Greenville for the A Time for Science Expo on Saturday, March 17th( from 11am-3pm.

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STEM Fair at Wellcome Middle School
On Tuesday, March 27th, the Biodiversity Initiative will be at Wellcome Middle School to help with their STEM Fair. We will be teaching and inspiring all grades about STEM careers and pathways.


Earth Day Expo

The Biodiversity Initiative at East Carolina University will host our annual Earth Day Expo in the Howell Science Complex on Thursday, April 12th from 4-6 pm in the breezeway of Howell Science Complex. This event will have interactive displays and activities on topics related to biodiversity. Kids from various school programs will attend and the public is welcome! Parking is available in the large parking lot near the bottom of College Hill Drive. For more information, please contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at or 252-328-9841, or visit our Facebook page. This event is a North Carolina Science Festival event (   Buses and vans should access campus via Founders Drive (only accessible from Fifth Street) and go to Wright Circle. Buses and vans can be unloaded (and loaded again after the event) at Wright Circle. Buses, vans, and private vehicles must be moved to the large parking lot at the bottom of College Hill Drive. Parking permit requirements will be waived in this lot for the event time period. On the attached map, Howell Science Complex is building 5 (grid E5 and E6) and Wright Circle is at the edge of grid E4 and E5. The parking lot at the bottom of College Hill Drive is shown in grid F7. 


After unloading, please come to Biodiversity Initiative Registration table in the breezeway near the Howell entrance (by the B103 auditorium).  There you can check in and get your programs and exhibit passports that kids can get stamped at each exhibit.

Sylvan Heights Bird Park Earth Day

The Biodiversity Initiative will be attending Sylvan Heights Bird Park on Saturday, April 21st, for an Earth Day event ( This public event will feature booths and activities about birds and biodiversity.

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Prior Events

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2017 Bugfest
On Saturday, September 16th, we participated in BugFest 2017 at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences where we talked to interested guests about all things bugs!  

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2017 Earth Day Expo at East Carolina University

The Department of Biology at East Carolina University hosted an Earth Day Expo on April 11th at the Howell Science Complex. ECU researchers and non-profit organizations visited with school programs and the public, showing displays on plants, natural history, live animals, and various lab activities.

2017 Earth Day at Sylvan Heights
On Saturday, April 22nd, many of us participated in an Earth Day event at Sylvan Heights Bird Park for a fun day learning about birds and biodiversity.


On Friday, April 7th, we participated in ECU’s High School STEM Day. Biology hosted two different activities to show the diverse options available in STEM careers.  

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Red Wolf Recovery

Many joined us on Monday, March 13th at 7pm In C309 Science and Technology Bldg for a 20 minute documentary, 30 minute speaker, and discussion about the NC red wolf recovery. The red wolf is the world’s most endangered canid and its recovery is complicated by many social, biological, and political issues. Christian Hunt from the Defenders of Wildlife joined us.