Faculty at UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SKIO), UGA Marine Institute and the Department of Marine Sciences collaborated to educate 40 federal legislative staffers about the university’s involvement along Georgia’s coast. The focus of the retreat was to highlight the impacts these programs have on coastal environments, communities and economies and the importance of how research, outreach and education are critical to these efforts. After hearing general overviews about the mission and funding of each of these program, staffers rotated through five interactive stations to learn about the university’s work with water quality/nutrients in estuaries, coastal resilience and sea level rise, ocean technologies, seafood and aquaculture and educational efforts. In all sessions, staffers had the opportunity to directly engage faculty to learn how the university is serving the coast and meeting the needs of its stakeholders and their constituents. The opportunity to connect UGA researchers and extension faculty with policy makers is critical in terms of supporting the university’s efforts to have meaningful impacts on the coast.