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Research Education Enrichment Facility


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The REEF at FSU is one of the few places in Central North Carolina to experience a coral reef, and interact with reef organisms. Along with providing community education programs, we use the facility as a training ground for teachers, provide research opportunities to undergraduates, and introduce K-12 students to how a degree in STEM disciplines can lead to a stable career.  We hope that young visitors to our facility will pursue degrees and strengthen the local community, becoming our future scientists, teachers, nurses and physicians. The new 1400sqft. facility is home to two large reef aquariums (300 and 180 gallons) where visitors learn how a coral reef grows, identify some of the reef organisms, handle coral skeletons, and hear about how corals are being studied for their use in medicine. Our 120 gallon "touch tank" offers the optional opportunity to hold and touch brittle stars, sea urchins, and several species of crabs and lobsters.


A short video about "THE REEF".   

An article about "THE REEF"


We house a zebrafish colony for studying effects of pesticides on swimming behavior.
We run public education programs for people of all ages.  Here you can view and build a coral reef, meet a lobster, explore our reef touch tank, learn about degree programs in Biology and much more.

The REEF is a place any FSU student can do a collaborative project.  Recently, an art student created a shark cut out that visitors can take photos with

Please use the "schedule a visit" link on the left to set up a visit.
Just create an account (you only need to do this once), select an available time, and indicate how many seats you need (30 per time slot max).  Once your show is reserved, print out or show the email on your phone when you arrive at the REEF.

Dr. Stephen J. Salek
Director Research Education Enrichment Facility
Department of Biology
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301
(910) 672-2103
Lyons Science Building Room 105

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